At the center of your warehouse operations lies the warehouse management system or WMS software. If you're a daily user, you've become accustomed to your system's quirks and limitations. Maybe you've developed a workaround for shortcomings or just gotten used to working with its parameters. Perhaps you're still running your warehouse with an array of spreadsheets, manually managing data and reporting.
In any case, transitioning to a state-of-the-art WMS will help you support sales growth and improve warehouse performance. At Logiwa, we've seen shippers double their shipping efficiency with 100% inventory accuracy by using our cloud-based WMS.
If you don't have an existing WMS already, you may actually be in a better position than if you're using a legacy system. You can transition to a WMS cleanly without having to deal with existing databases and business rules.
A WMS manages inventory and its movements through your warehouse, and the labor required for your operations. The database will include information on individual SKUs, such as dimensions and packaging information, as well as warehouse storage locations and any storage restriction information. The WMS should be customizable to your warehouse configuration, such and the number and location of dock doors and storage racks. A sophisticated system will also generate predictions for labor productivity, such as cases picked per employee-hour.
Third-party logistics providers need a comprehensive 3PL WMS solution to serve the needs of their customers as well. Customization and flexibility are essential to maintain an accurate view of customers' inventory and provide a seamless experience.
You can use a WMS to plan operations on a shift or daily basis and calculate the resources such as labor and vehicles required to accomplish the plan. You can communicate those plans to carriers for deliveries and pick-ups.
Use your WMS to plan and sequence orders for picking using common strategies such as wave picking. Assign staff to support the plan. Ideally, your WMS supports business rules for assigning work based on the configuration of your warehouse.
Your WMS should integrate with your existing systems such as accounting and ERPs, transportation planning, e-commerce platforms, parcel carriers, and others. It should also connect with a variety of warehouse technologies, such as RFID, barcodes, mobile devices, and automated material handling and storage equipment.
Using a modern WMS provides data for managers to monitor and improve operations in a timely way. With real-time information, you can see if daily goals will be met and put take action steps to avoid failure.
Use real-time inventory visibility to reduce inventory costs, increase warehouse accuracy and reduce the need for safety stock.
Improve labor productivity by using the WMS to direct activities and eliminated paperwork and manual data entry.
Engage with multichannel customer demands so customers can get your products where and when they want them, and return them just as easily.
Set workforce KPIs and analyze productivity by cost center, workgroup, work area, and process type.
Use dashboards to enable real-time operational analysis, reporting, and alert management.
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