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

Achieving Better Warehouse Management-Multi Carrier Shipping

WMS Shipping

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

Advanced technology through Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) allow companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. These systems efficiently capture every scan, every movement of inventory and are designed to make both accuracies along with cost reduction a top priority.  The following article can give you some insight into methods, obtained through warehouse technology, for achieving better warehouse management that are key to modern business supply chain logistics in addition to reaching your organization’s goals.

Warehouse Management Systems are designed with savings in mind to manage your inventory in the most efficient manner possible. However, additional benefits can be recognized in other areas, such as cost saving associated with reduced labor and administrative costs, plus also an increase in customer service levels. Another area as well includes both efficiency gains and reduced cost in the area of utilizing multi carrier shipping options.

Any sort of shipping solution should have the ability to shop all of major carriers which can select the best choice available. By leveraging a powerful multi-carrier rating engine will also allow you to automatically select the cheapest carrier, mode, and service level that meets your delivery time frames. Warehouse technology to including multi-carrier shipping will allow you to reduce your shipping costs, track every shipment, and maintain valuable key performance metrics all while gaining accurate shipping compliance and superior customer service. A seamlessly integrated shipping functionality in WMS will eliminate fixed packing stations and shipment paperwork to reduce costly manual errors and increase shipment reliability.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc a HighJump WMS Partner in Pennsylvania

Achieving Better Warehouse Management-Space Utilization

Warehouse Space Management

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

Advanced technology through Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) allow companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. These systems efficiently capture every scan, every movement of inventory and are designed to make both accuracy along with cost reduction a top priority.  The following article can give you some insight into methods, obtained through warehouse technology, for achieving better warehouse management that are key to modern business supply chain logistics in addition to reaching your organization’s goals.

Warehouse Management Systems are designed with savings in mind to manage your inventory in the most efficient manner possible. However, additional benefits can be recognized in other areas, such as cost saving associated with reduced labor and administrative costs, plus also an increase in customer service levels. Another area as well includes both efficiency gains and reduced cost is in the area of better space management for your warehouse.

Consider the following. Can you eliminate or minimize the need for outside storage? If so, you have the direct savings of reducing lease cost (normally on a $ per sq. ft basis), insurance, and possibly transportation costs. Depending on the size, complexity and activity of the off-site storage, you may even be able to save labor costs associated with managing and transporting the inventory back and forth. Improvements in space utilization generally range from 5-15%.

A Warehouse Management System (WMS) tracks every location and knows where each product and quantity received should be stored. Put-away can be directed to maximize space utilization, minimize put-away travel, minimize pick travel, or some combination. The WMS knows the size and weight of each item, case and pallet, and the physical constraints of each location.

Material is placed in an appropriate location based on these criteria and other pre-configured put-a-way rules pertaining to forward pick location replenishment, product velocity, storage requirements, etc. Space utilization improvements are generally step functions. In a typical situation where the distribution infrastructure is owned, the creation of empty space in the warehouse produces no real benefit. The amount of space made available must be enough to provide for other activities.

For instance, if 500 ft2 are freed up, this will provide very little benefit. If, however, 5,000 ft2 becomes available, several alternatives can be presented for the new space. For internal space savings, if enough space is made available to avoid new construction expansion or a green field site, this can be directly qualified as a cost avoidance.

Another example to consider is, if enough new space is now available to be used for light manufacturing, value added services, offices, etc.; this can be classified as a savings. If the new space can be subleased, this can also be classified as an incremental cash inflow. However, you must also consider the potential cost of refurbishing the facility as required by the potential tenant. Additionally, location utilization is improved by using a WMS. A non-automated operation is generally considered at capacity when 80% of the locations are being used at any given time.

A new result is through WMS technology, operating capacity can be dramatically increased. This improvement is due primarily to the WMS’s ability to continually manage inventory consolidations, re-warehousing activities, and mixed item locations.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc a HighJump WMS Partner in Pennsylvania