The results are in, and the winners are clear. According to a Warehousing Education and Research Council survey conducted in July 2001, there are only five technologies in use by 50% or more of the total of 258 respondents. The companies surveyed, all WERC members, represent a wide range of industries, from consumer goods to electronics to third-party warehouses. Most of the respondents (79%) categorize themselves as large or medium-sized.
The most commonly used technologies by far are scanners and RF equipment. In third place on the top-five list, warehouse management systems show up in 75% of all industries across the board. This ubiquity of use suggests even higher usage rates in future.
Respondents have been using most of these technologies five years or more. An up-and-coming technology is labor management software, which is on the list for consideration at nearly half of the firms surveyed.