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-Inventory Control

Warehouse Inventory Management

Warehouse Management Systems are becoming more popular as supply chain logistics become ever more complication 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.

Inventory Control:

The proper and correct movement of inventory in your warehouse is critical for accuracy while also ensuring elevated customer service levels in addition to remaining competitive.  Consider the basic warehouse step of receiving goods as an example and how WMS can be of great assistance.

Receiving is a key functionality designed to migrate the paper receiving process to a wireless device.  Once a purchase order has been entered into an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, it is seamlessly transferred to the Warehouse Management System where receivers await shipment. They are armed with wireless mobile computers that have integrated barcode scanners. After an inbound shipment arrives at the warehouse, the receiving team will typically unload the truck and grab the paperwork to identify which purchase orders are being received.

The first job of the WMS is to receive items accurately into the warehouse and then reconcile the shipment against the original purchase orders entered into your ERP system. Rather than using pen and paper to reconcile physical receipts, the receiver will bring up the purchase orders on a handheld computer. Once this is done, the receiver only needs to start identifying the product that is being unloaded (in no particular sequence).

With “best-in-breed” WMS Software, the receiver counts down against items being received right off of the container. It validates items against multiple purchase orders in the background, and then seamlessly updates your ERP system. No more paperwork!

Because a receipt is recorded as soon as items are entered into the handheld, stock may be immediately put away to a bin location. Bin location assignment following receipt may be automatic; stock can be transferred to a temporary receiving location if receipts are to be staged prior to put-away.

Most of the time, stock will be put-away following goods receipt.  If there are back orders waiting for product (standard or non-stock) or there is a “low stock alert,” stock may be put away directly to pick locations. Otherwise, stock handlers will move pallets into bulk locations (typically up in the pallet racks or on floor stacks).

Some of the highlighted benefits for accurate and efficient warehouse receiving include:

  • The ability to receive multiple orders simultaneously in no sequence, without paperwork.
  • Scanning product bar code or use quick lookup functions to identify products as they are being received.
  • Printing carton or pallet-ID labels as product is being received.
  • Receiving multiple pack-sizes on the fly.
  • Cross-dock non-stock items to forward pick locations. (We will discuss cross-docking next).
  • Immediately put product away without staging.

Efficient receiving is just one area in which WMS can greatly improve accuracy and control the proper flow of inventory. Warehouse technology encompasses receiving, picking, packing and shipping goods in the best manner possible.  This not only saves time and money, however, also keeps your company competitive along with being up-to-date with the latest supply chain movement standards.

Download the free white paper:  Achieving Effective Warehouse Management

HighJump Warehouse Edge 7.0 Data Sheet

HighJump Warehouse Edge

HighJump™ Warehouse Edge is a leading end-to-end warehouse management suite enabling executives, managers and warehouse personnel to access real-time supply chain analytics and take proactive or corrective action anywhere, anytime.

Managers and workers are always on the move and need access to relevant information and the ability to respond quickly and easily while on the go. By accessing full WMS functionality from any browser, desktop, tablet or smartphone, your workforce is empowered to maximize business results through increased mobility, analytics and information exchange.

With a highly accessible and actionable warehouse management suite, you will be able to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. In addition, operations executives and warehouse managers are enabled through a supply chain control tower that acts as a single command center for visibility, decision-making and action, based on real-time data.

Highlights of this latest version of HighJump Warehouse Edge 7.0 (formerly AccellosOne) WMS include:

  •  Out-of-box supply chain execution tools for unmatched flexibility and adaptability
  • Proven, seamless integration with most ERPs – Microsoft, Sage,
    NetSuite, SAP and more.
  • Comprehensive security and services infrastructure.
  • Extensible, responsive HTML5 user experience with specific layout guides for desktop functions, tablets and smartphones
  • Open web service API.
  • Powerful workflow adaptability layer.
  • Mobilizing your workforce

Drive Increased 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.

Avoid Costly Errors With 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.

Boost On-Time and Complete Shipments:
The accurate order picking functionality of HighJump Warehouse Edge 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.

Optimize Warehouse Space:
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:
Our 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:
You will be 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Warehousing Challenges with Company Growth and how WMS can Help

Warehouse Management

Your business is growing, you operate one or many warehouses, and you’re considering what kind of warehouse software system is a fit for you. These may be some of your day-to-day considerations with a companies expansion.; such as the logistics behind:

  • Supporting increased sales without increasing staff or space
  • Limitations/availability of warehouse space
  • Increasing demand/supply fluctuations
  • Paper based, bar coding or best-of-breed warehouse software
  • Cloud or on premise deployment
  • Increase order accuracy and inventory visibility
  • Integrate shipping, ASN printing, and EDI as part of the outbound order process
  • Minimize inventory carrying costs and conduct cycle counts quickly and accurately
  • Decrease warehouse labor costs and potential chargebacks and penalties from retailers
  • Utilize one of many available pick methods

HighJump can help. The HighJump Warehouse solution, offered by iCepts Technology Group, was built by supply chain experts to provide the out-of-the box tools and the extensibility to tackle even the most difficult tasks in the warehouse.

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

ADVANCED EVENT ENGINE  The new Advanced Event Engine provides powerful tools designed to leverage the system to deliver real-time information on behalf of your employees. The system can tap new orders, receipts, bills, or customers that meet user defined criteria and generate emails, text messages, workflows, database updates or custom actions.

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.

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 prebuilt integration toolkits for popular ERP systems from Microsoft, (such as WMS for Microsoft Dynamics NAV), Sage, SAP, NetSuite, Infor and more. Here are some examples of modules within the HighJump solutions suite:

Learn more about HighJump Warehouse Management Systems