As a warehouse or operations manager in manufacturing, wholesale distribution, retail distribution or e-commerce, your goal is to ensure timely and accurate warehouse operations through a smooth flow of inventory, order fulfillment rates and cycle times in the warehouse environment. But, your workforce –and not just the warehouse staff – can only work so hard to reach beyond the limits of your warehouse management software before they are stretched to capacity.
Some common objections to warehouse management software include:
- “Our warehouse isn’t big enough.”
- “We don’t have enough warehouse staff to justify the investment.”
- “Our IT staff isn’t large enough.”“We’re looking for a system, but we haven’t found the right technology or the right vendor.”
If any of the above objections have been voiced in your company, you need to consider the struggles you will continue to face without the proper WMS software in place:
Inventory Inaccuracy: Without proper system automation, your company loses sight of stock, which leads to inefficiencies on the warehouse floor and uncomfortable customer exchanges.
Inventory Location Confusion: When your warehouse staff spends time sorting through stock, the flow of inventory slows, causing a lag in operations and increased costs.
Underutilized Warehouse Space: We don’t have to explain the perils of failing to maximize racking and pallet patterns. The better you are at maximizing how you house inventory, the more space you have for more inventory that’s easier to access.
Redundant Processes: How many times have you watched different members of your warehouse pass a pick ticket? Implementing barcodes eliminates multiple touches.
Inconsistent Pick Routes: Without the proper WMS software – or no software, for that matter – picking items for shipping becomes randomized. The lack of repeatable processes and a common pick route burdens your warehouse staff and wears on your equipment.
The only way to overcome these pain points is with tighter processes made possible through the right warehouse inventory management software.
Depending on your software requirements, WMS software may be configured to include sales, customer invoicing, accounts payable and receivable, reporting functions and, ultimately, supply chain management. Plus, the software is even compatible with ERP systems, whether you currently have a system in effect or are considering one for the future.
Other benefits from implementing warehouse management software include the following:
- Reduced manual processes mean reduced staffing levels – or re-positioning of employees to maximize warehouse staff potential.
- With less employees, you require less equipment for running warehouse processes.
- Increased inventory visibility enables you to provide customers with the goods they want exactly when they want them.
- Reporting functions are capable of producing real-time inventory levels and advanced warnings for reduced levels or out-of-stock items.
Traceability, accuracy, visibility and increased productivity are all advantages to choosing new or better warehouse management software, regardless of the size of your business.
When you aim for better inventory management, you protect not only your warehouse operations, but also your customers’ investment in your business. Start researching your options now to prepare for future business growth.
Are you using the space in your warehouse optimally? Do you have insight into your warehouse workforce performance? Discuss the advantages of optimized warehouse management through a functional software solution, and learn how choosing a better solution saves you time, money and resources.