ERP and WMS – which system will propel your business to the next level?

ERP and WMS – which system will propel your business to the next level?

In today’s market, sophisticated technology allows companies to respond to increasing consumer pressure and ever-shrinking delivery windows. ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and WMS (Warehouse Management System) systems have become the backbone of distribution, wholesale, supply chain or FMCG businesses. These systems are able to handle large amounts of data, capturing every barcode scan, mouse click and inventory movement. They are designed to improve productivity, efficiency and accuracy whilst reducing overall operational costs.

So which one do you need?

The right racking solution can transform your Warehouse space

The right racking solution can transform your Warehouse space

The overall cost of running a warehouse has a significant impact on a business’ bottom-line. At the core of an efficient warehouse lies a carefully designed racking system that considers vertical space as well as ground dimensions. Managers need to be vigilant when planning and designing storage solutions, to ensure that the facility’s floorspace is utilized to its optimal capacity.

We have enlisted below some key factors to consider when designing your storage. The main goal should be to maximising storage space as well as operational efficiency.

Route Optimisation drives Operational Efficacy

Route Optimisation drives Operational Efficacy

In the past routing focused on moving drivers from point A to point B. Now businesses have grown to understand that routing affects several aspects of an operation including safety, customer service and ultimately, profitability. Read the article to find out how a sophisticated Route Optimisation solution allows you to leverage your freight network to its utmost potential!

Vision Picking can transform your Warehouse

Vision Picking can transform your Warehouse

For Enterprises, augmented reality can revolutionise warehouse operations. The technology has the potential to enhance numerous activities from training programs, through logistics, to equipment operation. Industrial smart glasses go beyond visual cues, also leveraging voice or barcode scanning capabilities. These devices open the door to a new multi-modal picking process, including voice and scanning technology, for a seemingly hands-free experience. 

Transportation Management Systems Lower Costs And Increase Efficiency

Transportation Management Systems Lower Costs And Increase Efficiency

Choosing the right TMS solution can be an extensive process, and there are a number of factors to consider. As one of your business's most important systems, it's critical to weigh all variables to make an educated decision. The solution must have the flexibility to adapt to your unique business complexities and enable you to work creatively to achieve company objectives.

This article enlists the key operational functions a TMS can improve:

Top 5 Benefits of Resource Scheduling for Warehouses

Top 5 Benefits of Resource Scheduling for Warehouses

Technology is the greatest change agent around. Consider how integrated your life is with your technology – you can manage bank accounts, interact with friends, plan vacations, research purchases, and pay bills online. But many people still use a whiteboard, clipboard or spreadsheet for critical business processes such as appointment scheduling.

With so much of yours and your customer’s daily routine online, does it make sense to continue managing your appointments manually?

Shipment visibility and notification software maximises fleet utilization

Shipment visibility and notification software maximises fleet utilization

Access to information is the driving force of business today. Information allows us to make better strategic plans, educated business decisions, and to forecast more accurately.

The HighJump platform offers custom-designed technology that allows 3PLs to maximise their fleet utilization. This is how:

5 Top considerations when choosing a new warehouse location

5 Top considerations when choosing a new warehouse location

Choosing the right warehouse location is a task that requires extensive research and planning. It can have a huge impact in how efficient, profitable and competitive a business is. When making that decision, carefully consider your needs and priorities and assess the right environment for your business.

We have listed the five main concerns a company must consider when shopping for a new warehouse:

Top Benefits of Inventory Management System for Manufacturers

Top Benefits of Inventory Management System for Manufacturers

The right tools can empower manufacturers with workflows and processes that drive continuous improvement and organizational value. Moreover, having the right technology can be a key strategic differentiator from competitors.

By automating your entire supply chain, including manufacturing execution system (MES) and warehouse management systems (WMS) you’ll be able to track all your products throughout the supply chain. These programs should work together seamlessly, providing visibility and maximizing efficiency from production to delivery.

iWMS Australasia and HighJump celebrate achieving major accolades in 2019

iWMS Australasia and HighJump celebrate achieving major accolades in 2019

As iWMS Australasia celebrates winning one of HighJump's 2019 Global Partner of the Year awards (read here), HighJump has accomplished a major accolade of it's own: being named Leader in Gartner 2019 Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems Report.

We have summarized the highlights of their press release in this article, alternatively click here to read the full publication.

Cloud-based WMS increases flexibility, scalability and security

Cloud-based WMS increases flexibility, scalability and security

The rise of eCommerce and increasing demands of its customers has put pressure on warehouse and supply chain leaders to revolutionise their operations. Retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers, and third-party logistics providers (3PLs) are pushed to broaden offerings and shorten delivery timeframe in order to remain competitive.

By engaging the right cloud supply chain partner, you’ll enable your organization to focus on your business without the burden of servers, networking, database, and other routine maintenance tasks.

Operational visibility empowers managers

Operational visibility empowers managers

Access to information must keep up with the rapid pace that today’s cyber economy drives your business. Moreover, it must be available where and when needed to inform sound decision-making. In order to gain this critical deep insight into your business operations, you need to implement a Supply Chain software that integrates with your current technology and aligns with your processes and procedures.

What are the benefits of voice-directed warehousing?

What are the benefits of voice-directed warehousing?

In today’s fast-paced business environment, companies are struggling to keep high levels of accuracy and meeting customers’ expectations for ever decreasing delivery windows. In order to remain competitive, they need to take a holistic approach to optimising their operations. The key is to select the right technological innovations that will fulfil your business’ needs.

How to deal with seasonal demands in Warehouses

How to deal with seasonal demands in Warehouses

The ability to meet customers’ needs all year long is crucial to a business’ success. However, purchasing inventory is a constant risk that companies undertake, as seasonal demands fluctuate and play havoc with stock levels.  

In order to prepare for that, a business must carefully and effectively manage its inventory levels observing seasonal variations to avoid storing unnecessary items as well as running out of popular ones, especially if they’re promising next-day or same-day delivery!

Warehouse Management Solutions bring Operational Excellence to 3PLs

Warehouse Management Solutions bring Operational Excellence to 3PLs

Third party logistics (3PL) providers are organizations that offer warehousing, fulfilment and distribution services to businesses in a variety of industries including retail, wholesale and manufacturing. These companies face very unique operational challenges. They need to work as an extension of their customers, whilst keeping full control of their internal systems and processes to ensure maximum efficiency and profitability. They must balance conflicting factors such as cost, flexibility and productivity to sustain the value they offer to their customers.

This article discusses some of the main operational obstacles 3PL businesses face and how a Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) can help with overcoming all of them:

How to avoid integration problems in your WMS implementation

How to avoid integration problems in your WMS implementation

To avoid integration problems, you need to do thorough due diligence when searching for the right provider. Many off-the-shelf solutions offer similar basic functionality, so which one should you choose? The answer is to look for flexibility!

Optimisation – the future in Warehouse Management

Optimisation – the future in Warehouse Management

Optimisation can be applied to a variety of operational steps like receiving, picking, packing, loading, shipping, replenishing, inventory management and back-office procedures. It generally refers to streamlining existing processes by increasing efficiency, speed, reliability and accuracy.

Industry trends like same-day delivery, customized goods, and omni-channel logistics are driving companies to invest in state-of-the-art supply chain and warehouse management technology. Companies are challenged with finding innovative solutions to effectively manage complex supply chains while simultaneously reducing operational expenses. These trends are briefly discussed below.

HighJump-Powered Warehouse Transformation Propels AdoreBeauty's International Expansion

HighJump-Powered Warehouse Transformation Propels AdoreBeauty's International Expansion

As recently posted, iWMS Australasia successfully implemented a HighJump WMS solution for Australian cosmetics e-commerce power house Adore Beauty, which supported the company in tripling its warehousing capacity.

Adore Beauty’s successful implementation really illustrates the impact a WMS can have in a business. By automating and optimizing all processes within your supply chain, it increases productivity, improves customer service and collaboration with partners, and leads up to much higher inventory accuracy. All of which are translated into higher profitability and growth.