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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3 Key Benefits from Warehouse Optimization Software

Accellos One Warehouse management System (WMS) delivers a powerful, scalable and flexible real-time Warehouse Management System (WMS) for distributors. Accellos One Warehouse management system has the power to help you with inventory accuracy as well as:

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  1. Increase supply chain visibilityAccellos warehouse management system (WMS) integrates seamlessly with many popular accounting/order-entry packages and shipping systems to provide the warehouse link in a total supply chain solution. By integrating with leading accounting packages, warehouse automation equipment and shipping systems, you connect your warehouse to the rest of your supply chain. The seamless transfer of information between your systems means more efficient invoicing, order tracking and purchasing for your distribution operation.
  2. Streamline your warehouse processesBy using the latest in Radio Frequency (RF), RFID and barcode technology to automate your warehouse processes, you can find, pick and pack inventory in the most efficient manner possible. This means that you will be shipping the right items, in the right cartons, to the right customers, on time, every time from your warehouse. Inventory accuracy is key.
  3. Improve your customer service. By giving your customer service staff, sales team and even your customers a window into the warehouse using web-based warehouse management system technology, you allow them to track and trace the status of inventory and orders resulting in fewer customer calls and better managed sales expectations.

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4 Ways To Approach Efficient Warehousing-Part 1 “Introduction”

Introduction

This discussion is oriented towards small to medium sized (SMB) wholesale distributors and manufacturers. It is intended to help business owners and executives provide answers to questions such as:

  • Are you spending too much on your warehouse processes?
  • Would you like to explore new ways of increasing your bottom line?

This is a warehouse technology and process selection roadmap, giving SMB distributors insight into initial investments that they can afford. Additionally, it outlines an upgrade path with incremental investments that result in greater operational sophistication and savings.

Why Now?

Analysts are predicting significant growth in the SMB warehouse management software market‐space through the next decade. We can attribute this growth to several market driving catalysts:

  • Tier‐one market saturation
  • The commoditization of wireless technologies and PDA devices
  • The .NET evolution and the development of open inter‐software communications standards
  • The availability of low‐cost reliable database software
  • Major retail’s pursuit of RFID to replace the barcode in warehousing, distribution and stores
  • Lower total cost of ownership

Tierone Market Saturation

The Fortune 1000 market have all purchased WMS applications. Because the customers are literally “running out,” technology vendors are now focusing on delivering scaled down solutions to the mid‐market.

Commoditization of Wireless and PDA devices

Consumer adoption of the wireless 802.11b/g standard has shifted the industrial market for wireless technologies into the mainstream. The same holds true with PDA devices.

Many companies are currently using wireless PDA type devices connected to their local area networks to bring real‐time computing and increased productivity to the workplace.

Industrial wireless PDA devices for warehousing and distribution differ from their consumer grade counterparts to accommodate requirements for improved battery management ,integrated barcode scanners, durability and easy keyboard input.

The .NET Evolution

Installing “bolt‐on” warehouse solutions to standard business applications is now cost‐effective, more user friendly and is a common occurrence due to the evolution of interface standards. They have allowed developers to focus more energy and time on developing complementary features and functions.

Reliable Database Software

Mission critical applications like warehouse software can now be implemented on cost effective, “safe” database platforms. Applications like Microsoft SQL have outpaced rivals DB2 and Oracle in the SMB market because of low cost of ownership, robustness of architecture, low‐cost hardware platform, security andup‐time..  Microsoft SQL can now be installed with Small Business Server in under twenty minutes and runs effectively without a database administrator.

The Wal-Mart Effect

Major retail is driving vendors to comply with technologies like barcode and RFID to reduce supply chain costs. Barcodes allowed Wal‐Mart to eliminate accuracy problems and to streamline processes while minimizing human interaction with the data collection process. In constant pursuit of additional savings from their supply chain, Wal‐Mart settled on RFID technology to further shave precious seconds per transaction.   Products can be automatically identified anywhere within the supply chain without pallets being broken down or being stopped for scanning.

While saving Wal‐Mart many millions of dollars in supply chain costs, barcode and RFID technologies represent an additional cost burden to manufacturers and distributors unless leveraged to their own advantage. The same product codes that are required by Wal‐Mart can be used to automatically and accurately identify products within the vendor’s distribution center.

Lower total cost of ownership

In addition to the aforementioned technologies and market conditions, software value has increased substantially over the past decade. The cost per feature is at an all‐time low.  Many warehouse automation technologies have matured enough to offer robust, out‐of‐the‐box software providing quick implementation methodologies at a reasonable price.

The cost of outfitting a warehouse employee with a solution that includes wireless PDA devices represents between 2.5% and 25% of employee burdened costs in the first year, not including the asset value of the infrastructure and the tax implications of asset depreciation. Technology‐based tax incentives may be available in countries looking to affect workforce productivity.

Companies implementing warehouse automation solutions can expect productivity increases in the first year that result in a return on investment (ROI) in as little as 6 months. Of course, the rate of ROI depends on the size and scope of a technology purchase and how it is put to use.

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Ways to Approach Efficient Warehousing; Part 6- Infrastructure Re‐engineering

The third level of the pyramid, discussed previously, lets you achieve productivity and profitability by optimizing all the resources within the warehouse including labor, equipment, storage, space and inventory. This strategy typically results in a revamped warehouse layout that cuts down on picking and can make huge differences in order cycle time and warehouse efficiency. The benefits of infrastructure re‐engineering include defining warehouse configurations and rules and reslotting.

Define warehouse layout, configuration and rules

Your warehouse, and any WMS you install, will perform best if you draw up a plan that optimizes the layout of the facility based on warehouse activities, size of product and handling requirements.

Sometimes, this may require outside advice or consultation. The plan should include contingencies for warehouse expansion.

Reslotting redefines your warehouse

Effective slotting is necessary to achieve commonality, which helps the picking process run at peak efficiency.  Most companies can apply Pareto’s law to their product mix: 20% of their products can be found on 80% of their orders.

Put the fastest moving products in the golden zones ‐ High velocity products are placed in a “golden zone” to reduce bending and reaching activity. Heavy or oversized items are placed on lower levels in the pick zone or placed in a separate zone where material‐handling equipment can be utilized.

Some items require special handling ‐ Slotting sometimes involves identifying handling requirements of a product, such as ‘hazmat’ for hazardous material, heavy materials requiring special equipment to lift, or perishable products requiring refrigeration or freezing. Keep these items together to optimize use of special equipment or resources required for handling them.

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