What are the main benefits of an e-commerce WMS?
Barcode: Warehouse Management Systems use various technologies to achieve accuracy. The most common and affordable technology is barcode and voice technologies. By scanning the product barcode and location barcode, WMS ensures the right product is picked from or put away to the right location. 50%
Finding The Right Product: The different SKUs in an e-commerce warehouse usually stated in thousands if not millions. It is very difficult for someone to find the right product in an affordable time without a system. A WMS guides pickers to the right location.
Walking Distance: In an e-commerce warehouse, a picker walks approximately 7 miles on average in a day. Most of this effort is caused by the multiple trips to pick a single order. By using batch picking and optimized routes, a WMS can reduce walking distance more than 30%.
Handling Backorders: The average backorder ratio is 15% percent in an e-commerce warehouse. A next generation WMS easily identifies the backorders during receipt and allocates products to backorders. So that the products are transferred directly to packing stations without put-away.
Planning: Because of the fluctuations in demand and the scale of inventory, workforce planning is a time-consuming activity in an e-commerce warehouse. A warehouse management system is capable of planning the next shift’s workload and resource requirement.
It is possible to count many other benefits like preventing obsolete inventory, achieving traceability and visibility, managing drop shipments, integrating to multiple channels etc.