Here’s Why the WMS Is Today’s Must-Have Technology
February 01 2018
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Here’s Why the WMS Is Today’s Must-Have Technology
What would you give if you could make virtually every task
in your warehouse more accurate, more efficient, and easier for your team to
Depending on the state of your warehouse, you might offer
quite a lot to reach a point where you can reliably understand inventory,
respond to orders, bill customers, and eliminate human error along the way. The
good news is that this is exactly what a Warehouse Management System can do for
you. The better news is that it’s likely more affordable than you think.
Before jumping straight into a cost discussion, we want to
share with you a few thoughts on what a best-of-breed WMS like your WarehouseExpert
can deliver for a warehouse, or multiple warehouses, of any size for almost any industry.
Know Your Inventory
Customers want to be able to place an order with you right
now and know exactly when things will be ready. If you don’t have an accurate,
real-time count of your inventory, you can’t make those commitments. Or, you
run a considerable risk of making a mistake that can harm relationships and
reduce that ever-important customer lifetime value.
WarehouseExpert users know exactly what’s in their
warehouses so they can understand what orders are possible at any given moment.
Plus, they get help replenishing before they run out. There’s no more need to
have the one inventory guru who can eyeball your stock levels. Easily track, reorder, and never run out again.
Better Service, Fewer Errors
Order mistakes — from improper payments and late deliveries
to shipping damaged or incorrect items — all hurt your business. Every instance is a
chance to lose a relationship.
Protect your company and your reputation by delivering
better customer service and relying on tools like a WMS to ensure you always
bring you’re A-game.
A warehouse management system can help you verify each pick,
every pack, and all orders at multiple places along the way — sometimes even
automatically so your team doesn’t have to worry about adding another
Our WMS can help track barcodes for when a product is
received or created, and then track based on that barcode along every step of
the way. So, we’ll catch mistakes and ensure that the right things are in the
By automating the order fulfillment, we also empower you to
have the right shipping labels and carrier deals to be able to live up to your
promises when you tell a customer their product will arrive by a certain date.
More Partners Are Adopting eCommerce
Even if you’re in the B2B space, eCommerce is playing a
significant role in today’s distribution models. More providers are putting
parts and catalogs online, while SaaS services can be installed and updated
through digital dashboards, and even the most specialized industrial gear now
tends to have a chatbot somewhere that can send you info sheets and schematics.
The WMS comes into the scene when you try to create online
inventory lists that are accurate as someone places an order. Your WMS is also
your best tool to streamline orders from all channels into a funnel for your
You’ll just end up drowning in emails, printouts, and sticky
notes if you try to use a traditional, analog ledger to track all these orders
plus any recurring items as well as your inventory.
Maximize Space and People
We believe 2018 will be a year of running leaner and facing
more competition, no matter what industry you’re in or size of customer you
have. There are big upticks in economies around the world, and many new
businesses are focusing on using innovative technology to upset existing models
Staying ahead of these new competitors requires a laser
focus on expense management and maximizing the utility of your assets and
workforce. A WMS can help with labor
productivity by managing worker tasks, prioritizing different elements, and
having a smart queue that keeps fulfillment moving through the proper workflow. Our WarehouseExpert can also help
you analyze activities happening in your warehouse to make it easier to plan
and manage teams. Find out the peaks and valleys in activities, products, and
more with these robust planning tool.
In the same light, you often can improve operational
efficiency by adjusting the layout of your warehouse. Setting inventory
locations, picking lanes, and slot allocation based on orders and usage can
make it easier for your team to fill orders accurately and more quickly.
While you’re busy running a more efficient operation with a
reliable WMS, you can also start to cut back on some of your expenses. Here are
a few big ways we can help you save today:
Cross-docking allows you to time deliveries and
order fulfillment so that you can move more goods without having to store them.
WMS can automate many recording and counting
tasks, so you can have the same staff accomplish more.
Fewer incorrect or late orders mean fewer
returns, while a WMS can also handle exception management to save more time
Integrate directly with common ERP and other
tools to share data in real time to faster manage orders, bill customers, and
Those are just a few of the reasons we think 2018 is going
to be a momentous year for your warehouse when you adopt a new or improved WMS.