Although an essential part of a business sustainability and development strategies, Warehouse Automation can also be a costly investment. Therefore, managers need to perform thorough due diligence to ensure their IT budget is spent in the solution that will drive the most optimum growth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
Omnichannel is the new reality in which retailers need to operate to remain competitive. Nowadays, most medium to large retailers are selling their offerings online as well as in brick-and-mortar stores. Their biggest challenge is to offer customers a consistent experience regardless of the channel they’re using to connect with the brand.
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.
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.
A WMS will automate and optimize all processes within your supply chain, shrinking turnaround windows. Increased fill rates and decreased cycle times will enable you to avoid costly shipping delays and backorders that jeopardize valuable customer relationships.
Additionally, automation can help with planning and managing inventory, leading to up to 99+ percent inventory accuracy. Cycle counting and real-time information verification ensures warehouse staff are not wasting time looking for misplaced or missing items.
iWMS Australasia successfully implemented a complex WMS solution for Australian award-winning online retailer Adore Beauty. For the company’ s CEO Kate Morris, HighJump’s volumetric calculation was key in choosing the solution. Not only has this feature improved inventory accuracy and packing time, it also allowed the company to significantly reduce the amount of cardboard used, as the CEO posted on LinkedIn.
What’s more, Morris believes the automation has created more job opportunities and is expected to bolster the company’s growth for the next five years.
Read the full article here.
HighJump’s Chief Technology Officer: Sean Elliot is quoted in this industry article (and image) from daily.sevenfifty.com. A look at the technologies distributors like Breakthru Beverage Group and Martignetti are using to consolidate operations, streamline deliveries, and increase ROI.
This article discusses the use of “automation” solutions (those that rely completely on machines) vs “mechanization” (involving machines in conjunction with human workers). The use of technology for higher heights in warehousing solution e.g. AR/RS, case shuttle systems, pick to voice systems and the trend towards future automation options including dispenser, goods-to-person systems and drones (already used in the wider food industry).
Dynamic waves have been hitting the headlines of late. But, what is this new phenomenon and why should you care?
Also known as ‘waveless processing’ or ‘waveless order fulfillment’, dynamic waves are an answer to the increasing strain on traditional operating models.
Indeed, traditional waving can no longer keep up with the pace of e-commerce, 24/7 orders and same-day processing.
In the past, wave processing was adopted in order to improve productivity across distribution channels.
Recent studies suggest that users prefer WMS that is easy to learn, efficient, flexible and satisfying.
In response, HighJump has built a consumer-friendly platform for everyone in your organisation; from executives to warehouse workers.
Wouldn’t you want to know how your business is performing at any point? Can those in operations access orders, inventory, and shipment updates on the go?
Lastly, can you share and examine warehouse workload data - on the road?
Increasing customer demands combined with the challenges of omni-channel retail; means that every supply chain needs a clear strategy going forward.
Smart operators also learn from their competitors. Generally, there are three ways you can improve your supply chain: people, processes and technology.
But none of this is possible without a strategy.
One such strategy is a push supply chain strategy.