Why should Small to Medium sized businesses invest in a Warehouse Management System?
Small to Medium sized businesses have faced increased pressure recently. With higher volumes going through the supply chain, To meet the needs of delivering essential goods and online orders. Many staff members have not experienced these demands before and do not have the technology to help them meet the demands. Warehouses need to have the ability to change the traditional ways they have been doing business.
Implementing a Warehouse Management System (WMS) allows smaller warehouse to rapidly increase current throughput and inventory utilization without increasing staff or floor space. It also provides the ability to meet the new demands and processes need for their customers. This strengthens current relationships and helps bring on new customers for increased revenues.
Small to Medium sized businesses should be looking for a Tier Two WMS system. It goes beyond lower end packages providing operational improvements that produce a return on investment (ROI). The payback should be under 2 years and often is only 3 to 6 months. This will also take businesses previously struggling with making money to a continuous flow of profits.
Here are some of the reasons why small to medium sized businesses should invest in a Tier Two Warehouse Management System.
Enhanced Pick Accuracy
The WMS will direct operators with clear operators with clear instructions. To the section of the warehouse where the required products are located. Automated picking has significant improvements over manual pick lists, which must be printed and double-checked. There will be increased pick accuracy with barcode scanners or voice picking. Placement of goods in the warehouse can be done in the most efficient way based on volumes. Finding the right product and reducing redundancy with boost overall efficiency.
Better Staff Efficiency
One of the key benefits of a WMS is its ability to plan and direct each process in a warehouse to maximize efficiency. The core functions being picking, packing, inventory moves, stock count, shipping and receiving. Staff members, products, locations, and customers can all have unique setups and directives according to what works best in each scenario. Management can review key performance indicators (KPI’s) to ensure everyone is running efficiently.
Reduce Manual Admin
With a WMS there is no longer manual entry associated with paper process systems. This reduces errors and increases efficiencies. The standard physical inventory count is no longer necessary and routine cycle counts can double check accuracy. Physical inventory counts represents days of increased expenses without any revenue to show for it. This is an unnecessary cost to companies. Space utilization is no longer a manual process. The system has the ability for management to see and review the space utilization online.
The warehousing market is growing. Each company needs the ability to adapt to the changing environment and become more competitive. Businesses need the flexibility in their operations to optimize warehouse spend and utilization. Small to Medium sized operations have the ability to implement changes more rapidly than larger organizations. It takes the right software to keep up with the changing marketplace.
About ProVision WMS
ProVision Warehouse Management System is a versatile solution that provides the tools to management in order to co-ordinate order fulfillment, provide excellent customer service, track labor output an improve decison-making. ProVision WMS is built for small to medium sized companies in North America to improve their warehouse operations. For more information, request a demonstration today.