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Workstation Shipping: Do You Really Need a Shipping Screen?

Posted by Rick Williams on Feb 10, 2017 5:00:00 AM

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If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to big cost savings, so it is worth evaluating for your own business.

Is Your IT Department Holding You Back?

Most modern implementations of shipping systems don’t have screens. Instead, information is passed from computer to computer, without needing a human agent to read information from a screen and transfer it to another system.

If you are still using a system with a shipping screen, it may be because your IT department isn’t able to integrate your shipping technology with your host system in a way that doesn’t involve a screen. Perhaps it’s time to talk to your IT department to find out whether eliminating the shipping screen is a possibility in your organization.

When Are Shipping Screens Necessary?

There are some situations in which shipping screens are needed. For example, if you need to ship items that don’t appear in your host inventory, such as returning an item to a supplier, you may need a shipping screen. Perhaps you allow employees to ship items to their relatives over the holidays as a perk, in which case those items won’t appear in your host system and a shipping screen may be necessary.

However, in most situations, shipping screens are not necessary. In fact, using them can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your shipping process.

When Are Shipping Screens Not Necessary?

In most high-volume shipping environments, using a shipping screen doesn’t make sense. Today's technology makes it possible to pass information through the system without using a screen to output information to a human worker. In fact, when you redesign your shipping system to eliminate shipping screens, you can make certain roles in your warehouse completely redundant.

That doesn’t mean you have to lay off good employees; instead, you can move them into other roles in your warehouse, such as picking or packing. However, it may mean that you don’t have to hire as many new people to cope with increases in shipping volume during busy seasons or as your business expands, leading to significant cost savings.

Choose the Savings That Matter

In today’s highly competitive environment, many companies are looking for ways to cut costs. Some companies have even cut minor employee perks like free coffee to save money, all the while ignoring huge inefficiencies in their shipping process.

By switching to a system that doesn’t involve a shipping screen, you can massively reduce the number of people who need to be involved in the shipping process for each package. For instance, InfoShip can help you make this switch, allowing your business to operate more efficiently and keep up with competitors in this era of advanced technology.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Rather than assuming that the way you’ve always run your shipping process is the only way to do it, you should always be looking for opportunities to change the system to save money for your organization. Ask yourself whether you really need a shipping screen in your process — or whether you could redesign the process to eliminate the shipping station and reduce the number of workers involved in shipping each package.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, shipping costs