What is a Warehouse Management System?
A Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a software package that is specialised to manage the overall operations within a warehouse. It includes the directing of personnel and tracking of inventory throughout all processes. One of the key benefits of the application is that all users work off a centralised system where tasks are handled using a real-time mobile devices while moving throughout the warehouse. This improves the accuracy and efficiency of the staff. A Warehouse Management System also provides businesses with better visibility of inventory. This will help provide useful information for customer delivery and purchasing replenishment.
What does a Warehouse Management System do?
A Warehouse Management System (WMS) allows management to set up a structure for employees and product movement. Each employee can have a set of rules on access to zones, picking, and tasks. Each order can be set up specific flows and different picking strategies. The warehouse locations can be setup with regard with product organization to maximize storage. Zones can be set for bulk storage verse pick-able areas. Customers can have preferences for picking and labeling. Additional configurations are possible for Receiving, QA Inspection, Directed Put-Away, Replenishment, Counting, Inventory Moves, Staging and Shipping. For more information on how implementing provision WMS can be more efficient for your business visit our warehouse overview page.
Benefits of a Warehouse Management System
Warehouse Management Software can automate manual processes which can enable central control and visibility for all procedures. This will reduce paperwork and the need for doing things off memory. Some of the other benefits of a warehouse management system include:
Inventory Control and Accuracy
One of the main functions of a warehouse management system (WMS) is to improve all stock control and tracking. Ideally you will be able to assist clients with goods and products that they want and keep up to date with relevant stock information.
Having more staff within your operations normally means you have higher overheads. A WMS system will optimize processes so you can get more done with less people. In addition, it is easy to bring on board staff as training is much quicker and easier.
Having enough storage space is important for an effective warehouse operation. A warehouse management system can be designed to store items based on throughput, size, date, lot, packaging, and other characteristics to maximize space as well minimise time to locate. In addition, because inventory is more accurate, less goods are required to make up for stock-outs.
Enhance Customer Service
With a warehouse management system, since all the previous paperwork is stored electronically, it enables immediate visibility on tickets, packing lists and reports. Streamlining all processes from order to delivery allows for more accurate delivery dates to customers which will reduce customer complaints and an improve customer service.
Reduce Lost Inventory
Barcode and other technologies are used in a WMS system to eliminate the errors of miscommunication. Each item, location, and order is scanned to ensure accurate placement and shipments. Cycle counting is also used to ensure the inventory is accurate and reduce the need for an annual physical count.
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ProVision WMS Pro
ProVision WMS Pro is for mid-sized companies requiring more analysis in their operations and has additional features to conform to more complex warehouse processes. As with all ProVision offerings, it has features designed to eliminate shipping errors and increase inventory accuracy. Various enterprise tools are available, or can be customized, in order to achieve reports on employee output. Managing multiple warehouses through a seamless process of selecting the most efficient route can be attained. Larger number of employees and additional ones are not an issue as there are unlimited licenses.
ProVision WMS 3PL
The ProVision WMS 3PL version is built to provide high levels of flexibility for the 3PL’s clients. We improve the 3PL’s ability to react quickly to dynamic client needs while providing efficiency and accuracy in tracking, monitoring, and assigning specific services to all billable warehouse events. The solution is 3PL-centric that combines built-in warehouse management features with advanced multi-client 3PL capabilities that you define to meet the demands of each unique client, with their ever-changing business rules.
ProVision WMS Lite
Increase warehouse accuracy and efficiency with ProVision WMS Lite. WMS Lite is the ideal solution for less complex warehouse operations and a simple process flow. Our software also comes loaded with features to support inventory-related activities such as receiving, put-away, storage shipping and everything in-between. Additionally, you can receive vital statistics on labour, volume and time spent on each activity.
ProVision WMS can streamline your processes and create greater efficiencies
Warehouse Management Systems are an essential solution to manage your current inventory online. Implementing a warehouse management system has the potential to increase sales for your business without the requirements to employ more staff within your current operations. For more information on our WMS software, request a demonstration today.