4 Reasons to Transition from Paper Processes to a Flexible Warehouse Management System
Has the current pandemic had you considering a complete overhaul for your current warehouse management processes? Now is the best time to have a look at your overall warehouse operations and how it can be improved. The advantages of a new Warehouse Management System include better warehouse efficiency, cost savings and inventory accuracy.
Each paper-based process can be evaluated to see whether it is justified within your current warehouse flow. Discover the 4 reasons below to transition from paper processes to a warehouse management system today.
Full Cycle Counts
A Warehouse Management System allows you to make the most of your warehouse staff’s time. By implementing different cycle counts instead of relying on larger-scale physical inventory counts on an annual basis. Physical inventory counts usually need to be done with the full staff during an operation shut down.
This results in an additional expense without any revenue to back it up. Cycle counting can be done during regular hours and even during slower periods. It also has a key advantage of keeping inventory up to date more regularly and ensuring higher degrees of accuracy.
Active Order Processing
One liability of a paper-based warehouse operation is it’s inflexibility while performing tasks. During a paper picking process there is not an ability to make modifications or reallocations in real-time. A WMS has the functionality to provide active dispatching of orders which includes instant updates.
It offers the flexibility to adjust items and orders on the fly. This can increase warehouse efficiency and guarantee that all orders are picked and fulfilled quicker without the use of paper-based processes.
Better use of warehouse space
A WMS system has current updates of all stock item locations. Which allows the direction of employees on the best place to store new items or move current ones. A manual put away process relies on warehouse staff to put product in either fixed locations or guess at the best selection, then manual keep track of this information after the fact.
Allowing employees to choose may end up being an inefficient use of the space based on all factors in your business. This may not provide good space utilization which create gaps in the warehouse slots. This costs the company more because it takes a greater amount of real estate to store goods.
Environmental Friendly Impact
Using a lot of paper within your warehouse operations can be expensive if you include printers, inks, maintenance, support and downtime. Going paperless within your business will have a positive impact on the environment by reducing your paper usage. This will also reduce operating costs and save on warehouse space for printers, files and paper stacks.
Moving from paper processes to a WMS will increase warehouse efficiency and space utilization. To find out more about ProVision WMS or to request a demonstration contact us today.