We know it all too well. You are sitting at your desk and you receive a document from a customer that needs to reviewed or approved by your manager. Regrettably, you navigate to the “file” button on your computer, slide down the list of options and click the print button. Now begins the trek across the office to the printer just to find out you accidentally sent it to the printer on the other side of the office. So, off you go.

This exact situation happens hundreds of times a day across way too many companies. If you are one of these employees that is constantly printing documents for managers to review or to file away. If you are a business owner or one of these managers who constantly have a pile of papers on your desk you know what I’m talking about. If you are a part of one of these organizations don’t worry, you’re not alone.

I speak to business owners and operations managers all the time that tell me they are running entire warehouse operations on a paper based system. It has worked for them for a long time. It allows them extreme flexibility to run their operation exactly how they want to. As the business grows they start to realize the short comings of a paper based system and quickly come to terms with the fact that if they want to continue to grow they need to make a change. A warehouse operating on a paper based system quickly starts to see a decline in inventory accuracy, order fulfillment speeds and employee efficiency. Warehouse managers, operations managers and business owners focus on running a “lean” operation. As their business continues to grow they are able to see that their paper based system is the largest pinch point in reaching the desired level of productivity.

This leads business owners and managers to begin to ask “What are my options?”, “How do I maximize efficiency?” Managers dream of a day when their direct report clicks a “Request Approval” button on a document and it sends them a notification on their computer, smartphone or tablet. The manager then reviews whatever it is that needs reviewed, clicks an “Approved” or “Denied” button and it automatically sends the response back to the direct report. Or maybe they dream about having 15 employees in the warehouse fulfilling orders and instead of having to walk over to a printer 60 times a day to grab a pick slip after they have completed the previous order, they have a handheld scanner that automatically guides them the next item on the next order so they can continue to fulfill orders at a rapid pace.

Both of these “dreams” are very real possibilities and organizations are started to leverage technologies like these at a rapidly increasing rate. An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution like the industry leading Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one business management solution that’s easy to use and adapt, helping you connect your business, employees enabling all to make smarter decisions. A best-of-breed Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) like HighJump Warehouse Edge can utilize advanced functionality to increase inventory turns and provide detailed worker accountability, resulting in heightened productivity and maximized efficiency. Furthermore, Warehouse Edge also minimizes travel paths with slotting/re-slotting functionality, optimizes picking execution with user-configured algorithms, and intelligently directs put-away to the appropriate bins based on product handling characteristics.

It’s time to make the change. Ramp up your efficiency by leveraging an ERP and/or WMS solution and continue on the path of growth.