Choosing a Warehouse Management System: 7 Questions

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Posted Aug 19, 2015 8:00:00 AM by DecisionPoint Team & filed under warehouse management system

Warehouse efficiency is one key factor in the performance and function of the supply chain. Therefore you must fully optimize and streamline your warehousing processes by implementing new technologies. By installing a system that brings significant improvements in operations, productivity and customer satisfaction, you can ensure high returns on your investment. It goes without saying that carefully choosing a warehouse management system (WMS) is not just an important step; it is also a necessity.

While selecting a WMS is not rocket science, it is not a simple process, either. Many organizations make the mistake of going into the process of selection without being fully prepared for it. If you are looking for a WMS for a new warehouse, or are seeking to upgrade your existing system, then it would do you well to ask the following questions:Warehouse-2

1. Will the WMS allow you to do more with less?

A good WMS allows for streamlining of your processes. It must allow for maximum functionality, while minimizing the work your staff has to do.

2. Will the WMS be easy to use?

A good WMS is designed to reduce the time you need to roll out its functions to tour employees. Instead of weeks of training, employees would be able to monitor and operate the system in a couple of days.

3. Will the WMS help in tracking and managing of resources?

A good WMS allows for careful and through managing of your supply the moment the goods enter the warehouse doors until they are shipped out. The ability to track everything down to the smallest information will help you with smarter buying and stocking decisions.

4. Can the WMS be guarded against future obsolescence?

A new WMS is a major expense, and you do not want to spend on something that will require replacement three or five years down the line. It is important to ensure that the WMS is not only scalable in terms of sale growth but also adaptable to emerging technologies like RFID or voice recognition.

5. Does the WMS have power reporting features?

A well-designed system enables users to easily extract information like order fulfillment, labor productivity an inventory movement. A good WMS ha unlimited reporting capabilities that can help speed up your processes and make them more efficient.

6. Is the WMS compatible with your ERP?

A solid integration with accounting data is another feature a good WMS must have. Real-time integration between your WMS and ERP results in reduced transcription errors, which in turn reduces the need for manual data entry and improves information access.

7. Is the WMS provider committed to warehousing and logistics?

You want only the best system for your warehouse, so you need to find the best solutions provider. However, most WMS vendors offer other solutions as well, so you are never really sure if warehousing is a priority or just another line of business. Look for a proactive vendor that takes advantage of market changes and continuously updates their WMS offerings.

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