It’s no longer enough to fulfil demand – you must anticipate it, predict it and make smarter, faster decisions.
The rise of e-commerce and increasing customer demands has put pressure on managers to revolutionise their operations. Companies are challenged with finding innovative solutions to efficiently manage complex supply chains while simultaneously reducing operational costs.
However, finding a complete supply chain solution that can adapt to and evolve with your business can be an expensive, laborious task. In addition to the off-the-shelf price of a software, changes and upgrades often need to be performed by the provider at a steep cost.
But what if you could change the way your supply chain software worked to better fit your business? What if your own IT team could make these changes without modifying source code or disturbing the normal flow of your operations?
This article discusses how WMS software can revolutionize your warehouse, and the importance of choosing a system that not only delivers the best solution for your business right now, but that can adapt to your future needs as they arise.
What is WMS anyway?
For warehouse managers looking to remain competitive in today’s fast-paced economy, installing an effective WMS isn’t just a good idea – it’s a necessity.
WMS stands for Warehouse Management System which, in a nutshell, is a software solution designed to support and optimise the daily operations of a warehouse.
A WMS provides real-time inventory visibility and control. The software automates all processes within your supply chain, from picking, through packing, to shipping. It will increase fill rates and decrease cycle times. Faster fulfilment and higher inventory accuracy mean a significant reduction of costly shipping delays, backorders and returns that jeopardize valuable customer relationships.
Moreover, automated cycle counting, and real-time information verification ensures warehouse staff are not wasting time looking for misplaced or missing items.
Finally, optimising storage systems through directed stock rotation, intelligent picking directives, automatic consolidation, and cross-docking ensures no space in your warehouse is wasted.
Why is Adaptability so important?
You need to think about how future expansions might affect your operations and ensure your WMS is equipped with the tools to support this growth. New needs trigger new requirements for processes and system support and if your system can’t adapt to changing circumstances, it becomes obsolete.
It’s important for all companies, regardless of size, to have agility with their warehouse management systems. In the warehouse, this means modifications should be incorporated quickly and easily. New technology should be leveraged without business disruption. Moreover, managers and IT staff should be able to easily create and / or modify processes, as well as produce new analytics and reports.
iWMS Australasia and HighJump
iWMS Australasia utilizes HighJump technology, a solution that can be scaled and tailored to meet any business needs. The core software architecture can be easily adapted in a fraction of the time of conventional systems, and at a fraction of the cost! And because all changes are external to the core software, upgrades and support are not compromised. This guarantees low total cost of system ownership.
The HighJump™ Supply Chain Advantage suite of products provides a solid foundation of best practices based on hundreds of implementations in complex distribution centres, combined with the ability to create and layer on your own personalized workflows.
This level of adaptability is possible through HighJump’s unique Process Object architecture. This process-based approach means business processes can be easily configured to meet current and future requirements. Because custom coding is not required, you can drastically reduce the time, effort, and expense can result from source code changes.
Contact us to discuss your supply chain requirements.
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