10 Costly Problems in a Paper-Driven Warehouse

Manual Warehouse Problems

There many reasons why a business decides to look into warehouse automation technology. In a paper-driven, manual warehouse, it’s one event or a series of events that will finally push the decision makers at a company to act.  This event usually has had a significant price tag associated with it.  Here is a short list of events that can create big costly problems in a paper-driven warehouse:

  1. Loss of one or more customers
  2. Continued lost sales due to poor fill rates or inaccurate inventory
  3. Warehouse has run out of space
  4. Inventory costs are too high
  5. Overhead costs are exorbitant
  6. Inventory accuracy has dropped below an acceptable percentage
  7. High turnover rate for employees
  8. Excessive labor rates due to inventory movement being inefficient
  9. Having a high return rate on products that then have to be re-stocked
  10. Not having complete operations visibility and lack of ERP connectivity

Any event that drives up your costs in the warehouse or contributes to lost sales and even worse lost customers are what supply chain professional consider should consider trigger events that ultimately drive a company to find a solution; including Warehouse Management Solutions. Supply chains are becoming ever more complex and demands from customers continue to escalate as perfection is frequently required.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking your business is too small to consider a WMS.  It’s just not the case. The return on investment of a properly installed warehouse management solution can be surprising quicker than you may image along with the following benefits:

  • Increase your profits
  • Improve your customer satisfaction
  • Increase employee accountability & productivity
  • Reduce Inventory problems
  • Lower overhead
  • Improve warehouse space usage

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A HighJump Warehouse Edge Partner in the United States

Hidden Benefits of Warehouse Management Systems

WMS Systems

We often talk about the tangible benefits of a warehouse management system and how it is fairly easy to measure the return on investment of these tangible benefits.  Many times we get caught up in the savings a company can realize by creating accurate inventories or efficient picking processes that we lose sight of some of the most important things a warehouse management system can deliver.  Here is a short list of intangible benefits as well:

  • More efficient use of lift trucks will preclude the need to purchase additional equipment.
  • Cycle count routines will be more accurate and less time consuming.
  • Improved customer service as a result of accurate, real-time data
  • Job enrichment for users.
  • A sense of value in improving operations.
  • Reduced floor space as a result of faster throughput.
  • Tighter purchasing procedures through more timely visibility of vendors incoming products
  • Automatic cross-docking for critical deliveries.
  • Real-time visibility of goods/materials received can eliminate “stock out” situations
  • Automatic order sequencing by shipping routes.
  • Eliminate error prone pick lists and paper trails.
  • Reduce or eliminate checking process during order packaging.
  • Increased sales due to ability to trust inventory
  • Better data can provide management with tools to improve and grow business

Each and every company will have a list that is specific to their business or industry.  The fact remains that these benefits, while harder to measure, will accelerate a company’s ROI when purchasing and implementing a warehouse management system.

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How WMS can help Small to Medium Businesses

WMS for SMB

In an ever-increasing complex supply chain management environment, organizations that carry products are seeking solutions to help gain better inventory control in the most effective manner.  In a competitive market, it is imperative that a business be as efficient as possible.  Margins are tight and the movement of inventory in the most cost-effective way, and accurately, is imperative to profitability.

Warehouse Management Systems are powerful systems designed is such a manner to help an organization reach their supply chain management challenges. HighJump Warehouse Edge, a best-in-breed Small-to-Mid-Sized Warehouse Automation Solution, is equipped with advanced functionality for the best flow of inventory in a warehouse-no matter how complex.

ENTERPRISE SCALABILITY

HighJump Warehouse is designed for small to mid-sized businesses, meaning it doesn’t require an army of IT staff to support. You are able to start with the functionality that you need now at a price that makes sense, and scale for growth over time. Our seamlessly integrated modules and applications are available to you when you need them.

BREADTH, DEPTH, AND REACH

HighJump Warehouse is built on a web-centric platform with standard best-of-breed warehouse management features, as well as dynamic directed putaway, several bar code supported picking styles, container building, cartonization, repackaging, voice and RFID to name a few.

ADVANCED WORKFLOW ENGINE

Microsoft’s advanced workflow engine in the HighJump Platform is incorporated. Workflow empowers you to customize the functionality of the WMS rather than writing code. Better results and easier upgrades.

EXTENSIBLE PERFORMANCE REPORTING

HighJump WMS incorporates the powerful HighJump Report application to enhance the core reporting capability, deliver new Performance Reports, and allow for better user definable reporting extensions.

ENHANCED SUPPLY CHAIN INTELLIGENCE

HighJump WMS delivers more powerful access to key performance indicators (KPIs) that can assist a business manager in more effectively making decisions within their business. New Pivot capabilities enable users’ virtually limitless ways to slice and dice information. The Win 8.1 tablet app mobilizes information wherever it is needed to illuminate trends and highlight outliers so that effective decision making becomes commonplace.

ONE MODULAR SOLUTION SUITE TO FIT YOUR ERP

Functionality is important. Couple that with a tight integration to your ERP and an enduring company that cares for its customers and its R and D budget, and you’ve got a good fit. HighJump’s configurable web services integration platform stands between the warehouse and your ERP, order management, eCommerce or purchasing system(s). Leverage one of the many pre-built integration tool kits for popular ERP systems from Microsoft, Sage, SAP, NetSuite, Infor and more.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A HighJump Warehouse Management Systems Partner

Better Warehouse Management Strategies-Automation

Better Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management Systems are becoming more popular as supply chain logistics continue to develop with ever more complicated requirements that effect warehousing along with increasing customer demands.  With an expanding volume of inventory movement, many organizations are turning to technology to streamline operations and meet these challenges.

With advanced functionality through Warehouse Management Systems, WMS technology allows companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows.

These system are designed to create highly efficient processes for handling inventory and picking orders that will eliminate the inefficiencies and mistake riddled processes that plague most manual-driven warehouses or absent warehousing functionality systems.

Another result of WMS technology is the ability to  enhance your customer satisfaction numbers and most likely help you attract new customers without adding to your workforce.

This post can give you some insight into how Better Warehouse Management Strategies through Automation are key to meeting the demands of a  modern business supply chain logistics  environment along with reaching your organizations goals.

Warehouse Management Automation Benefits:

Enhanced Productivity:

Utilize advanced functionality to increase inventory turns and provide detailed worker accountability, resulting in heightened productivity and maximized efficiency. Optimized warehouse processes reduce picking time and product touches by allowing you to seize cross-docking opportunities. It 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. Furthermore, our solutions virtually eliminate the need for non-value-added activities such as manual checking and shipment audits.

Achieve Up to 99%+ Inventory Accuracy:

Through robust cycle counting capabilities, real-time information confirmation and verification, our solution gives your employees and their managers immediate feedback on work accuracy. An accurate system ensures workers are not looking for missing inventory or overloading any given location. This also helps you avoid costly errors.

Boost On-Time and Complete Shipments:

The accurate order picking functionality “best-inbreed” WMS systems allows you to deliver complete orders on time. Increased fill rates and decreased cycle times enable you to avoid costly shipping delays and backorders that jeopardize valuable customer relationships. In addition, overall process efficiency decreases cycle time, resulting in more on-time shipments.

Warehouse Space Optimization:

HighJump Warehouse Edge provides directed stock rotation, intelligent picking directives, automatic consolidation, and cross- docking to maximize the use of valuable warehouse space. The system also directs and optimizes put-away based on accurate, real-time information about the status of bin utilization.

Reduce Shrinkage and Spoilage:

Better Warehouse Management Systems solution facilitates real-time monitoring and enforces FIFO (first-in, first out) rotation to reduce spoilage. In addition, high levels of worker accountability empower you to detect shrinkage problems

Exceed Customer Expectations:

Another benefit, sometimes intangible, is to empowered to consistently deliver on customer promises with the ability to reduce cycle times, stock-outs and backorders; improve order accuracy and on-time shipments; and offer unique services

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