Let’s have a look at the typical flow you might see in an average Warehouse Management process to better understand what it encompasses. Starting from the reception of a product or good, until it’s delivery to the customer (and possible return).
Whenever a good or product gets delivered to one of your facilities it needs to be verified, logged into the system and correctly stored or be prepared to ship through to its next location; this is sometimes referred to as cross-docking. Since this is the very first step for all incoming goods any mistake during its reception could cause problems down the line.
This aspect of Warehouse Management truly benefits from data-driven decisions. Choosing where to place each item in your warehouse should be a process informed with data specific to your circumstances. Related items, that are often bought together, should probably be closer to each other while one that is often confused for the other might be better placed further away. Perhaps leave items with higher rotation closer to the front and items with slower rotation towards the back. A series of decisions that yield best results when backed by data.
The order in which a list of items is picked up in the warehouse can have a serious impact on productivity. The time it takes to go from one item to the next accumulates and will eventually take a toll on your bottom line. That is why creating efficient routes for your team is essential
Now that all items have been picked, they must be placed in the correct packaging according to the item content and destination. Once ready they need to be placed in the correct dock with a corresponding delivery manifest.
With everything else in place then the correct order needs to be in the right location, at the right time, to make sure customers are getting what they asked for within the agreed delivery times.
These instances are impossible to avoid and any respectable Warehouse Manager must have contingencies in place for the possibility of any returns. Some of which might have been a direct result of a human error within the warehouse management process.
So, with a now better scope dimension of WM, it becomes clear how complex it is to manage inventory and its logistical flow. In every step of the way there was a chance for human error to cause costly mistakes in more ways than one. You should ask yourself how much your errors are costing your company.
This also exemplifies how adopting software can have a serious impact on productivity and, in general, deliver better results. Aside from preventing many possible human errors a WMS provides incredibly valuable data points that allow you to optimize your operation along the way. Sometimes business owners don’t understand that optimization isn’t just about fixing errors but to find ways to improve your process, however well it might be working now.
Improves product picking efficiency to reduce errors and ensuring accuracy in your customer’s orders
Low cost solution to maximize productivity
Very user-friendly and tailored to your specific inventory warehouse needs
Single and Batch Picking
Take and move physical inventory in multiple locations in real time
Truck loading module and monitor the total weight load/units/invoices by truck
Accelerate truck loading for new orders using barcode scanners that reduce errors
Ensure accurate picking using barcode scanners
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