Food and beverage companies are under pressure more than ever. To keep the shelves stocked with product. Business owners must put into consideration shelf lives for products, safety requirements and regulations.

Having the proper technology and processes throughout the supply chain is critical. To avoiding stock-out situations. The right software is a key part to ensure operations run more productivity and efficient. Implementing a WMS within your food and beverage warehouse will help you fulfill your end of the supply chain. With on-time delivery, suitable reporting, and critical information.

Implementing technology helps to control costs and streamline operations. It can enhance visibility and food safety. Here are ways that implementing a warehouse management system can enhance your food and beverage movement.

Improve Traceability 

Barcode systems allow for scanning product on each movement. Scanning lot codes allows for the easy backwards tracing. Of where products came from and went. This is critical in a quarantine or recall situation. Products can be followed up and down the entire supply chain to deal with any issues.

Visibility

Warehouse Management Systems house the data provided from a barcode system. This gives management visibility on the movement of products. Within the warehouse as well as all the steps taken by which employees.

This information is key to decision making and direction of people and goods. Current inventory is always up to date and available to whoever needs it. The ability to track, view and manage all inventory within this part of the supply chain can boosts current orders and accuracy regarding shipments.

Greater turnover

Greater volumes of orders does not necessary mean bigger warehouses. The proper systems will allow a warehouse to move products in and out faster. This will increase revenues and inventory turns without a need for larger space or more employees.

In turn, products sit on the shelf for shorter periods. Making them fresher and less likely to be written off due to expiry. To meet the ebb and flow of volumes, a WMS helps ensure you can handle the volume.

Mobile Capabilities

Warehouse staff lose productivity when they have to go to a desk or desktop computer. Pickers, Shippers, Packers and other materials handling staff need to be on the floor at all times. This requires information and direction in real time with mobile handheld devices operating on a Wi-Fi network.

A Warehouse Management System will ensure they have the right instructions, information, direction and options to keep them productive at all times. In addition, their information and updates are relayed back to management and customer service in real time to keep them informed.

Lower Operational Expenses

Using a WMS has proven to require less resources than warehouses operating without a WMS. Output can go up with the same resources, typically over 25% more output. Output can remain the same with fewer people, typically 25% less people.

In addition, a WMS makes it easier to follow instruction on handheld terminals. In addition, there are settings to regulate tasks staff can perform or prevent workers from making simple mistakes. This gives management the flexibility to quickly ramp up production to deal with increases in demand.

ProVision WMS Benefits for Food and Beverage Industries

  • – Maintain real-time inventory information of food, beverage and ingredients inventory using RF equipment and barcodes.
  • – Ability to record and track lot number, expiry dates, and best-before dates.
  • – Eliminate duplicate data entry errors
  • – Streamlining inventory management, storage and preservation of food and beverages
  • – Flexibility in configuration; easily tailored to your warehouse needs
  • – Integrating with your ERP or TMS systems

With the food and beverage sector becoming more competitive. Implementing technology can make immediate improvements to your operations. You will gain in cost control, additional output and an improved ability to deal with track and trace. It can boost your business operations and allow senior management. To make strategic decisions for reducing costs and driving more business.

ProVision WMS is a versatile solution which provides the tools to manage and co-ordinate. Order fulfillment, customer service, labor output and improve decision making overall. This tool will save you money and pay for itself in a short period. It has the flexibility to handle diverse application requirements and help your business grow. To learn more about ProVision WMS solutions or how we can help to achieve all your business goals, request a demonstration today.