Warehouse automation systems can be costly to implement, but the benefits they bring about make them well worth the initial outlay in many cases. Here is a look at some of their top immediate and long-term benefits.
Improved Picking Accuracy
Picking errors are all too common in warehouses. A WMS can reduce these errors by providing automatic feedback on barcoded products and directions to the specific bins that contain them. This eliminates the need to look at printed pick lists.
Savings in Labor
Some inventory processes can be very time-consuming. Physical counts, for example, can be reduced by as much as 75 percent with WMS, slashing overtime and increasing the accuracy of inventory counts.
Everyone’s work will be accounted for because these systems can track activities like counts, picks, receipts and moves. This allows top performers to be highlighted and those who aren’t pulling their weight to be identified for further training.
Increased Labor Efficiency
When warehouse workers do not need to look at paperwork constantly, they can accomplish much more in a shorter amount of time. Think of all the time that could be freed up if workers did not have to manually record their picks, counts, ships, moves and packs.
Higher Shipping Accuracy
When workers scan the right products at the fulfillment stage, customers can be assured of receiving the items they ordered, thereby dramatically reducing the need for RMA processing and other costly shipping mistake remedies.
More Accurate Inventory
When sound processes are paired with WMS, on-hand inventory can be as much as 100 percent accurate. This means you won’t be purchasing unneeded products and tying up cash flow, nor will you use up valuable space unnecessarily. Conversely, it means will have the products you do need on hand to meet the demands of your customers. In addition, the real-time inventory information provided can lead to overall efficiency improvements that extend through management, customer service, and operations.
This blog post was based off of an article from DCSC, Inc. View the original here.