30 Apr

Minimize Supply Chain Disruption with Advanced Technologies

From raw material to finished goods, the supply chain industry realizes the power of real-time visibility. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought new realities to light that, just a few months ago, seemed unthinkable. Social distancing, along with frequent cleaning of technology devices, hands, and surfaces is the new norm. Now more than ever before, the industry is showcasing resourcefulness, turning to advanced technologies to help their workers minimize close-contact scenarios.

Technology, including extended range barcode scanners, is just one device essential workers are relying on to keep up with consumers’ needs during the current COVID-19 outbreak. In this blog post, we outline three reasons to invest in extended range scanners.

  1. Speed – Speedy scanning means increased productivity and overall efficiency. Most operations need to be completed ‘ASAP, extended range barcode scanners are vital time savers. Also, extended range scanners scan sequentially, meaning that the operator can hold down the trigger to identify multiple items.
  2. Insightful operation – Essential workers can stay in place and still capture barcodes as far as 70 feet away –and as close as 3 inches. The precision of aiming technology makes it easy to pick and scan just the code needed.
  3. Resilience- Rugged scanners are ready for your most extreme environments. Most rugged scanners offer the maximum drop specification for this device category, able to handle the impact of a 6.5 ft./2 m drop to concrete. If devices are exposed to dust, mud, grease or even a spilled beverage, they will continue to operate reliably,


Utilizing extended range scanners is a critical driver behind a reliable supply chain. If you want to get more done in less time, the SMS Group is here for you. We have over 30 years’ experience helping companies find the best solutions to streamline and improve their operations. To learn more, give us a call at 937-498-2700 or fill a contact form, and we will be in touch.

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02 Oct

Wearable Tech: Why Ring Scanners Are a Good Investment Now

Where will your warehousing operation be in five years? Research suggests that the answer to that question depends on how well your team is able to accomplish three important goals:

  • Decrease your order turnaround timeRS6000 Ring
  • Eliminate shipment errors
  • Increase your inventory accuracy

The last of these is perhaps the most important. Improving your inventory accuracy, even by only 1%, has tremendous business impact, influencing your pick-to-ship cycle time and reducing the money you spend on expediting orders.

These essential goals are challenged by the fact that warehousing operations are expected to grow in complexity over the next five years, with an average increase of 60% in SKUS expected by 2020.

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30 Jun

Multi-Modal Warehouse Solutions: 7 Tips for Outfitting a Mobile Workforce

Intro_Multi_Modal_Warehouse_thumbnailMulti-modal is here to stay. In fact, 51 percent of warehouse professionals are planning to implement multi-modal solutions into their operations in the next three years.

This is because businesses that incorporate multi-modal solutions see benefits that include increased accuracy, speed, and efficiency.

Are you planning on going multi-modal? Read our infographic, Multi-Modal Warehouse Solutions: 7 Tips for Outfitting a Mobile Workforce, to help you evaluate your next multi-modal solution.

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Contact us to learn more about successes we’ve seen and how to take steps toward greater operating efficiencies in your environment. We can help you select the right models based on your unique requirements. Simply email us or call 937-498-2700.

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10 May

Getting the Most Out of Multi-Modal Picking Solutions

The saying “two heads are better than one” seems fitting for this topic; particularly when you relate it to multi-modal operations. When just one technology is used to perform a task, it is likely that some part of the execution of that task will require manual operation. The problem with that is that manual processes tend to fall short in accuracy and verification. Bringing technology into the fold helps to mitigate errors that otherwise may not be discovered until, in some cases, the customer receives their order.

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21 Mar
16 Feb

Give Your Shop Floor the Technology that It Needs

With the continuing growth of the manufacturing industry comes orders of greater volume—that customers expect to be completed in the usual turnaround times. So how can you can be prepared to meet this higher demand? With the newest technologies in place, you can increase your operational efficiency, finish orders quickly, boost your profit margins, and reduce errors.

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20 Jan

Your Last Chargeback Ever. Four Ways to Eliminate Chargebacks for Good

Problem: SIMPLE mistakes—ones that can be avoided—can be costly. Shipping the wrong item, sending the wrong volume, or misplacing a label can all lead to chargebacks.

Solution: By investing in the right technologies, processes, and training, you can eliminate chargebacks for good. The following are excellent examples of chargeback-stopping strategies you can implement right now:

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12 Jan

The Top 5 Benefits of Combining Your Picking and Packing Methods with the Right Technologies

You finished putting all the pieces together and have shipped out the order. Everything that was supposed to be in it was there….right? Wait, where does this item go? Can we catch the truck before it hits the gate?

Unfortunately, it happens. For whatever reason, something was missed despite all the planning and paperwork that listed everything that was supposed to be in the order.

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23 Nov
22 Aug

Got Picking Errors? Data Collection Technologies Can Help

It’s the goal of every company to get more done in less time. To this end, improving warehouse processes, such as increasing order picking accuracy, are critical goals. Picking thousands of items in a day can easily become an inefficient and mistake-prone affair if the right tools and technologies aren’t available for workers—and inefficiency breeds inaccuracy. Fortunately, there are many tools that can be used to increase efficiency, and thus, productivity and accuracy in your warehouse or distribution center.

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