When talking about warehouse workflow, we are concentrating on making »in and out« material flow stable, smooth, agile and efficient.
But in the real world, things get complicated:
- Where to put new shipments, especially when they are extraordinary in date or size?
- How to know location of the products, if we trust the warehouse knowledge to a single person, who quits or gets ill?
- In which order we need to ship products, if the best-before date is important?
- How to get most of our team and not waste time on searching the paper sheets?
- How to minimize mistakes, so that the clients are not returning our shipments due to the products, they did not order?
- How to minimize mistakes, that are caused by similarity of products (for instance, one camera has wireless access and other does not – when you look at them, they seem to be the same)?
- How to minimize paperwork related to entering the data into ERP?
How can these challenges be solved in order to increase productivity and therefore lower costs?
WMS software provides real data in real time, in order to make quick decisions, regarding the space allocation of the products received and to ship stock on “first in, first out” or even smarter rules for obtaining ideal flow of “best before” stocks in the warehouse. WMS software also takes care of the warehouse locations. This leads to almost no inventory count needed, since all the data is accurate and up to date. No employee is irreplaceable, because he or she is no longer the only person, who knows where products are stored.
The hardware takes care of the orders and their accuracy – no more human errors due to manual entering data into the system. Employees are equipped with mobile terminals, which can scan barcodes and give the warehouse worker signals, where to go next and what to pick.
At the end, the product flow gets seriously fluent and the customers get what they ordered.
Follow these topics in our next blog posts:
- what WMS to choose (are ERP systems good enough and if so, up to which size of the warehouse?),
- are WMS intended for bigger warehouses only, or can boutique warehouses get covered as well,
- how to meet warehouses’ current processes with the WMS,
- and many many more warehouse management challenges.
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