If you’ve ever worked in the service industry, you know that something as seemingly simple as serving a coffee can actually be pretty complicated in the background. There’s a lot more to it than pouring coffee and handing it over with a smile. You have to follow a specific drink order, use a cleaning protocol, and more. It gets even more complex if you think about which coffee beans are used, where they’re stored, and how they get to you. Everything has to fall into place perfectly just for you to get the drink in your hands. What could possibly keep track of and regulate all those moving parts?
A warehouse management system can.
Warehouse management systems (WMS) are software that manages warehouse operations. The system handles all aspects of a product’s journey, including receiving, picking, packing, shipping and reporting.
Okay, so now you know what a WMS is, but how do you know whether a WMS is right for you? There are many advantages to using a WMS:
A WMS not only keeps track of where your inventory is within a warehouse, but also optimizes the product journey from shelf to the doorstep. For example, consider warehouse pickers. They often walk many miles a day within a warehouse picking items to fulfill orders. A WMS uses wave/batch picking algorithms to cut down the walking distance. This means less walking for them and a faster packing and shipping rate for you.
It Cuts Expenses
Running a business is expensive, but it’s even more costly when you have to constantly update your product tracking technology or call every time a product does not arrive on time. Cloud-based WMS systems are a great way to cut costs because there is no need to constantly update your tech, and you can track your inventory in real-time. The system also manages receiving and returns, so that businesses can prevent stock overflow or out of stock situations.
With a WMS, you are in control because you can check your inventory at all times. You can see when stock is too low or high, and even check the selling or returning frequency of a specific item. By having your warehouse data and knowledge at your fingertips, making a sale is no longer a guessing game.