With the continued growth in outsourced logistics, it is vital for 3PL companies to have an efficient Warehouse Management System (WMS). The WMS first came about in the early 1980’s, and since then the technological advances and types of software have changed drastically. They have become smarter, better integrated, more comprehensive and extremely efficient. Automated warehouse management systems are designed to drive superior performance in supply chain execution and can help companies become strong competitors and industry leaders.
Below are 3 benefits of having a Warehouse Management System:
- Inventory control and management: A WMS makes inventory management a fast and easy task by providing real-time information. They are designed to control all of your warehouse’s activities, so you are able to track every unit in the warehouse at any stage of the order fulfillment process. Because of this, companies are able to respond quickly to the demands of their customers with exact information on their product. Warehouse operators know exactly what is in the warehouse, where it is located, and when it will need to be replenished at all times.
- Customer service: A WMS enables companies to provide their customers with exceptional service and establish a high level of trust in the partnership. Making sure product ordered is in stock and customers get exactly what they purchased is crucial to fueling this partnership. Customer service errors are eliminated through system-directed operations. The warehouse receives, stores, picks, and ships all of the goods. Because of this, a product will only move if it is system-directed, and the operator can only complete the move and proceed with the next step if the previous operation has been verified.
- Increased productivity: Using real-time data provided by a WMS allows warehouse operators at different stages of the supply chain complete more tasks in less time. By managing the worker’s tasks, a WMS can view all pending activities and prioritize them by determining which ones need to be taken care of first. Additionally, a WMS can improve the utilization of space in the warehouse. The system can select where to put new product and how to organize existing product based on what is selling and what is not. This will also improve warehouse capacity by allowing goods to move more quickly through the facility.
A WMS supports the daily operations of a warehouse and processes large amounts of data in real-time. The system creates a workload of what is to be accomplished throughout the day and works to automate and streamline your processes. It provides complete visibility across the operation to identify any areas of concern. It is vital that a warehouse is up to date with today’s technology and having a WMS that can handle multiple customers, comply with numerous requirements, offer more services, and develop valued solutions will contribute to the growth and success of the company.
At TAGG, we focus on a completely technology-driven approach and our WMS helps us achieve this. For more information about our logistics, supply chain, and 3PL solutions, contact us at 1-866-991-TAGG or fill out our contact form.