21. April 2021

WMS: A warehouse operated by the system, not the warehouse staff

WMS: A warehouse operated by the system, not the warehouse staff

Warehouse performance represents one of the key components of the entire sales chain. A retailer needs a quality solution like a Warehouse Management System (WMS) to manage it effectively. A modern tool allows maximising the use of available resources; at the same time, it provides retailers with a complete overview of the activities in the warehouse.

A WMS is a robust solution designed to manage, control, process and execute all logistics operations and physical flows of goods in the warehouse. The system evaluates where to store particular goods or remove them. It maximises information about the pallet of which product and groups orders for smooth movement of warehouse workers to make work as efficient and productive as possible. By providing clear instructions and quick training, it also tackles the challenge of frequent staff turnover.

The WMS functionally connects to existing systems, linking warehouses to e-commerce, transportation and other points along the sales and logistics chain. Especially in combination with a mobile app, it can boost labour productivity by up to 30% in a matter of months and contributes to increased safety – among other things, by incorporating voice picking.

Although it is a solution focused on retail warehouses, it can also be used in other operations. Similarly, the size of the business or the number of warehouses is not a restriction.

The main advantages and benefits of warehouse management:

  • Robust solution that can be interconnected with other customer systems (transport management for transport management, systems for handling equipment, etc.),
  • Increased picking productivity and optimised pallet placement in the warehouse,
  • High level of parameterisation and customisation to the customer and its processes,
  • Extensive customisation options down to the level of a single item, supplier or customer,
  • Multi-language environment (Czech, Vietnamese, Russian, Romanian and other languages),
  • Other applications can be easily connected to the system (voice picking, modules for slotting, logistics invoicing, reporting, etc.),
  • The system is ready to accommodate multiple sites; it even allows you to link more warehouses,
  • Offers a better overview of processes, clear and detailed reporting.

 

Voice picking to increase safety at the workplace

The voice picking module mentioned above constitutes one of the essential WMS extensions for all types of warehouses, allowing warehouse staff to get real-time information without manipulating the terminal.

The system transfers warehouse tasks via voice to the employee’s headset, and the employee communicates back to the system. They need to use only a few basic commands, leaving both hands free to work with the goods. Employees are, thus, more focused on their surroundings, which leads not only to an overall increase in warehouse safety, but it also reduces the error rate. In addition, shift managers can monitor what each warehouse operator is currently doing, what tasks they have completed and what they have to do.

Just like the entire system, voice picking features a multi-lingual environment. Each warehouse operator can set their own version, and the app can also handle language defects. Another advantage is that the solution can also be used conveniently offline. The operator just downloads the work via the internet and can then work in a warehouse that is not connected to the network.

3D process testing

Testing is closely related to warehouse process management. Using modelling software, the retailer can now set up all processes in a virtual model when introducing new warehouses and only go live when they have ironed out all the kinks. It reduces the time and especially the costs associated with testing changes in a real environment. Thus, the integration of 3D simulations in conjunction with the WMS maximises the use of resources.

A modern WMS is an essential tool for any retailers who want to streamline their warehouse processes and remain competitive in this dynamic market. Compared to an unmanaged warehouse, implementing a WMS offers a significant increase in labour productivity, reduced errors, lower costs, improved quality and other positive benefits.

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