With the constant stream of dramatic changes hitting the supply chain in the past decade, it can be a struggle to stay on top. Freight and transportation costs might be on the rise, but one way to keep costs down and efficiency up is by investing in a solid Warehouse Management System (WMS).
There are lots of ways that a WMS can benefit the supply chain. It can control warehouse functions like quality assurance, receiving, packing, picking, replenishment, inventory control, shipping and returns. A full-featured WMS can help with advanced shipping notices, the scheduling of inbound labor and transportation appointments, and receipt planning.
It can also bring about improvements in accuracy, customer order throughput during fulfillment, and general timeliness. These systems can make controlling the storage and movement of products and materials a breeze, whether you need help with managing slotting or inventory location, utilizing cubes, or improving the accuracy of your inventory.
More Control Means More Flexibility
The right system can also give warehouse labor management a boost in terms of tracking and control, whether it’s work order controls or productivity reporting at the employee and departmental levels.
A full-featured WMS can lend flexibility in handling order and product profiles ranging from small e-commerce orders all the way through to bulk distribution for manufacturing. It’s also useful for bringing about vital visibility for warehouse activities and data access—for example, through analysis, dashboards and reporting.
Quality Assurance Benefits
When it comes to quality assurance, there are lot of benefits, including the ability to record damage claims upon receipt, add barcode license plates to carton labels and pallets, and report the status of incoming receipts to merchandising and warehousing staff so they can be dealt with swiftly.
Getting the right WMS for your needs is imperative, so make a list of what functions you need to improve your productivity and customer service and bring down your warehouse costs. Determine the return on investment your management will expect, and then carry out a formal RFP process to find the right match.
This blog post was based off of an article from F. Curtis Barry & Company. View the original here.