Often it is the efficiency itself that is the starting point for the companies considering a WMS, but the fact is that you can expect to achieve tangible results in a wide variety of areas.
One of the most important improvements will be made to the quality of warehouse deliveries. Automating the manual processes with a WMS eliminates the inevitable human error. The system ensures that the right goods are being picked up and picking errors is minimal. Thus, several positive after effects are:
The warehouse does not have to waste time handling returned goods due to incorrect deliveries.
Improved customer satisfaction.
Delivery accuracy – both in terms of time and correct goods – is a crucial competitive parameter in many industries, and once you’ve delivered it wrong to a customer, it’s certain that you are not getting a second chance to rectify your flaws.
Optimization of packaging and shipping
One of the clear benefits a WMS gives you is the insight into how a particular order is packed efficiently, taking into account packaging consumption and size of the shipment.
For instance, it may be most obvious for the warehouse worker to pack a given order on a semi-pallet because he may not figure out what it costs to pack and send different variants. The system can evaluate whether it would generally be cheaper to send it in, for example, two packages instead.
IKEA, a Swedish furniture retailer is catching the eyeballs by cutting waste and boosting efficiency through optimizing its packaging. It is quite inspiring to see the company is grabbing packaging optimization by the horns and realizing true value.
Greater flexibility with regard to labor
A WMS creates system on the layer. There are clear processes to follow, and roughly just do what the system asks for. This entails great flexibility in the labor force of the warehouse, as training can be completed in a few hours.
Mostly, the stocks have seasonal variations to some extent, which makes it necessary to control the crew on the warehouse up and down, with extra staff. With manual processes, it’s a challenge, but with a WMS you can almost pick up a man from the street in the morning and then he’s up in the afternoon.
Most companies have experienced what it means if the warehouse is not working. Customer service will handle deliveries, and sellers cease to trust inventory balances and start double-checking balances and delivery times.
Conversely, there are positive rings in the water when there is control over the warehouse. Less errors mean fewer customer service requests, and the sales department can concentrate on selling instead of running around the warehouse and following up manually. At the same time, the finance department does not make corrections up and down on time, as there is an absolute control over the inventory.Many companies focus on automation and consider how different forms of automation can take over some of the warehouse’s manual tasks. If you go in that direction, a WMS is a necessary basis for success.
It’s not a good idea to invest in a storage device or an automatic conveyor if the new tools are not integrated correctly in one’s workflow, so that you actually achieve a ROI. It cannot be manually controlled, so system support needs to be considered together with automation.
Thus, it is a figure of an indirect value, meaning that a WMS provides opportunities that in themselves can create value. This is also true when we say that a WMS makes surplus to be innovative. Instead of continually lagging behind, WMS will be able to control the layer processes to better develop and optimize their operations.
This is important because many companies are pressured by their customers, who individually have special requirements and wishes about their product deliveries. This could include labeling with customer-specific labels, or customer information, which would require a great deal of manual handling, but can be put into systems with a WMS to meet all of their customers’ different requirements.
Therefore, getting your WMS right and making sure it’s integrated properly across your supply chain technology stack is critical to realizing quick ROI and improved operational efficiencies.
Acuver Consulting has pioneered excellence in completing numerous WMS projects in the last six years, and our vendor centric approach to consulting and implementation ensures you get best help for your most critical projects. We’re passionate about supply chains and delivering solutions that are the right fit for our esteemed clients and would love to help you optimize your supply chain.
To learn more about structuring a WMS implementation that increases the likelihood of success, you can refer to our detailed blog on Evaluation Criteria For Selecting Warehouse Management System https://www.acuverconsulting.com/evaluation-criteria-for-selecting-warehouse-management-system/