Installing a Tier-1 Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Companies that specialize in warehousing and distribution often experience problems with scalability challenges when they are experiencing growth. Installing a good Warehouse Management System (WMS) can help to manage this growth process, helping to sidestep inefficiencies and achieve better productivity.

The challenges that growing warehouse/distribution organizations face

Some of the challenges that busy and growing warehouse distribution businesses have to face include things such as:

  • Out of date planning processes
  • Poorly connected execution system
  • Poorly constructive workflow procedures
  • Blinkered visibility of inventories and order satisfaction
  • Adjusting flexibility and scalability to meet fluctuating demands
  • Adjusting the size of the workforce

Choosing the right WMS, (the top of the range solution probably being a Tier-1 Warehouse Management System) will address all of these concerns. It will help to get any warehouse running at optimum efficiency and productivity, no matter what industry that warehouse operates within.Warehouse Management

The benefit of Tier-1 WMS methodology

Introducing Tier 1 WMS will help any company to minimize administration time by managing the picking process and maximizing “put-away” paths, enabling full visibility for real-time inventory, and the pre-checking of shipment statuses. Further benefits of Tier-1 WMS include:

  • Incorporating real-time RF technology
  • Facilitating EDI (Electronic Data Exchange) connectivity
  • Enabling business requirements to be data driven
  • Providing opportunities for bespoke information solutions

Let’s just take a quick look at each of these benefits in turn.

Real-time RF technology

Handheld RF units can be used to direct the picking process; facilitate ease of locating stock for issuing and receipt; trigger the replenishment process, and enable cycle counting.

The methodologies that RF technology necessitates improve inventory visibility, and facilitate online inventories and the tracking of shipments in and out.

Tier 1 technology can drive reorder levels and trigger points, deal with batch numbering and record serial numbers, and enable SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) level tracking.

EDI (Electronic Data Exchange) connectivity

Tier 1 warehousing technology, through its EDI interface, also provides EDI message transceiving, incorporating purchase order information, advance shipping notes, and bill of lading transmissions.

Enabling business requirements to be data driven

Tier 1 WMS technology also supports vendor compliance requirements. It enables customized labeling to be designed, including bespoke bar-coding and RFID. It also supports the design and processing of workflow analysis.

Bespoke information solutions

Tier 1 Warehouse Management Systems enable customized reporting, and facilitates the mining and analysis of data. In addition, it automatically provides messaging regarding workflow status, the auditing of transport, and access to bespoke website based solutions.

Supporting increased efficiency of Labor

Tier 1 WMS is not about trying to replace manual labor; it’s about enabling the workforce to become more proficient, more confident and more productive in the environment. Rather than all activities having to be thought about by the worker, unsupported, Tier 1 WMS provides clear and logical instructions, and takes the guesswork and random decision-making out of the process. It significantly reduces paperwork and enhances optimum levels of accuracy with regard to inventories, the ability to track allocations, and the power to fulfill orders.

Tier 1 WMS is supply chain friendly and compliant

A Tier 1 WMS is far more than just a warehouse management system. It is supply chain friendly and can be used as an important part of supply chain process and methodology.


 

Have you installed a Tier 1 Warehouse Management System, and if so, what are the real benefits it has imparted to your business?

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