There have been many technological advancements in the past few decades that have propelled us into the 21st century and it is no different in the world of automation. In the earliest days of warehouse management, workers often had to resort to clickers or a pen-and-paper approach when counting inventory.
Although those methods seem dated, you still find warehouse workers counting fingers when taking stock today. Inaccurate inventory is one of the primary reasons for failure to meet customer order/delivery expectations.
A Warehouse Management System (WMS) helps to control the movement, storage, and retrieval of materials within a warehouse. Having a clearer picture of all the inventory you have helps to reduce many of the inefficiencies caused by numerous order fulfillment activities.
If you ever get inaccurate inventory counts, increased shortages during fulfillment, and other inconsistencies, it may be a signal that it is a good time to evaluate your WMS. Here are a few improvements that you might realize when upgrading/implementing a robust WMS, such as Westfalia’s Savanna.NET®.
A WMS is a robust warehouse inventory system that puts all vital information at your fingertips; this will help manage item receiving, storage, and retrieval in the most efficient manner within your operation.
The inventory data is fully customizable which gives our system the versatility to handle any type of items in a warehouse. Key item/SKU and inventory management functionality helps organize your warehouse for maximum productivity.
The WMS can manage and store data for all items/SKUs and easily create a profile for each SKU; this can help organize all the different items a warehouse handles and makes them easier to identify. You can also store inventory in various units of measure (UOM) for additional customization and flexibility.
Due to the optimized organization, a WMS gives complete control of inventory within and out of the warehouse; this adds a level of traceability that helps manufacturers discover and react to recalls faster. Earlier detection of recalls allows for quicker identification of affected products which could reduce the scope of the recall efforts.
A computerized WMS provides critical data such as showing the vehicles the affected products are on, the location and stops a vehicle has made during transit, and what other products may have been affected. A company can utilize this information to identify and return the recalled products quickly and efficiently.
Minimizing human error when it comes to your inventory is a step in the right direction. Having up-to-date information that matches real-time stats on stock creates accurate data.
A WMS precisely records how much stock is left which allows a company to discover what needs re-ordering and what is making the most profit. Companies can spot patterns such as what items are being returned more often, seasonality spikes, or boost productivity by seeing what areas the product spends the most time and optimizing movement.
Order fulfillment and inventory management could be time-consuming processes that leave a lot of room for error with an outdated, inefficient WMS. Reach out to us to see how we can adapt your warehouse to reach its full potential with Savanna.NET®’s WMS.