3 ways to improve your warehouse management system

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  • Unsatisfied customers: As your business sells more products in more territories to more customers, warehouse processes will inevitably become more complex. Without a modern WMS, you won’t have the infrastructure to support ever-changing customer needs, such as speedy delivery, free shipping, real-time order updates, and so on.
  • Poor data management: Your business’ existing WMS doesn’t have the features or functionality necessary to accurately report data. Without an efficient system for collecting, managing, and analyzing internal data, you can’t effectively make workflow improvements and plan for the future.

Adopting a microservices architecture

Growing businesses that rely on monolithic WMS software quickly run into scalability problems, as they’re not able to add new features and functionality without overhauling the entire system. For instance, if you want to implement a module for better supply chain data reporting, you’ll need to develop and launch a new version of the WMS that supports such functionality — and doing so will require significant time, effort, and resources.

Implementing real-time data monitoring

With AI and IoT technology, you can build a bridge between your organization’s physical warehouse equipment and its WMS software. Sensors, barcode scanners, surveillance cameras, and wearables are leveraged to collect and visualize a wide range of data in real time, giving managers the ability to:

  • Ensure that items are stored and handled properly
  • Know when items go out of stock and prevent overstocking
  • Quickly access product information, such as weight, color, and dimensions
  • Identify damaged items
  • Monitor employee productivity and performance
  • Maintain government and industry regulations

Integrating other advanced third-party systems

As mentioned above, there are many cutting-edge tools available to help drive WMS efficiency — and there are even more advanced innovations still to come. As long as you have a flexible system that can integrate with these solutions, you’ll be able to modernize every step of the process when it comes to inventory, order fulfillment, shipping and logistics, and supply chain management.

  • Labor management systems (LMS): LMS tools help organizations maximize the efficiency of their workforce by tracking the amount of time and effort spent on individual tasks, along with the effectiveness of those tasks. This helps managers optimize training and workflows, as well as establish incentives — such as cash bonuses — for workers that achieve certain productivity goals.
  • Transport management systems (TMS): A properly integrated TMS leads to faster delivery times and lower transportation costs, allowing you to bring down the price of shipping for your customers. This software sends real-time updates to fleet managers so that they can allocate the appropriate amount of resources to a certain order, as well as respond quickly to unforeseen delays caused by weather or other issues.

Wrapping up

As technology becomes more advanced, customer expectations change, putting pressure on organizations to improve their internal processes — and ultimately the customer experience — via modern ERP and WMS solutions. With a digital transformation partner like Codal, your business can strategically update legacy systems, leading to higher productivity, lower costs and greater scalability.

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