Hope is not a strategy when it comes to deciding which WMS is right for your organization.
Can something as simple as WMS software really help transform your warehouse to a profit center? It can, and it does. You have many options, but finding the right system is where the waters start to muddy. Why? Because it also means picking a partner with a solid track record that also sees the value in building a strong relationship, all while offering software that can scale the same way your business will.
Take a close look at your warehouse or DC. Is there an opportunity to shrink the cost of doing business? When it comes to warehouse operations, the pressure to sharpen your productivity to keep your customer’s experience and expectations at the highest level is a daily test – a test your competitor might be passing with flying colors.
Here are four ways the right WMS will provide vast benefit to your bottom line and operations:
1) Receiving, storage and inventory management. You need the ability to track and manage resources within your warehouse. Manual and paper-based systems won’t cut it. If you’ve ever done a manual cycle count using a pen and clipboard, then you’ll appreciate how time-consuming, disruptive and erroneous the task is.
2) Better shipping and outbound processes. As items get ready for shipping, a WMS has features that can improve the packing, staging and loading processes. The best WMS solutions integrate with ERP systems. A WMS can help reduce transportation costs by automating the choice of carriers based on the shipment – a big relief for warehouses already experiencing growth in the number of smaller, individual parcels attributed to our friend, e-Commerce.
3) Streamlining inbound transportation. We like whiteboards and Excel spreadsheets as much as the next guy, but they aren’t great tools when it comes to managing inbound transportation. A WMS that automates all operations, from ITM receiving and order picking, to manifesting and truck route/stop management with delivery confirmation translates to gains, including the ability to plan staffing levels and assign equipment when and where it’s needed.
4) Reducing training time while increasing labor visibility. The examples above make sense when it comes to inventory management, shipping and inbound transportation, but what about employee training and performance metrics? What if we told you that integrated RF scanners can reduce training time from two weeks to one day? This is especially important for warehouses with high turnover rates due to seasonality.
If your warehouse or bottom line keeps you up at night, now’s the time to step up to Latitude WMS. Contact us to learn what other users experienced before, during and after deploying Latitude WMS.
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