A bespoke goods management system can reduce shipping calculation errors and simplify inventory procedures by implementing the integration of bar-code scanners and luggage optimisation.
Initially, warehouse inventory management systems could provide only a simple function, usually location information storage. Today there is the possibility that the width of the WMS function can drastically change from the best practices of picking, packing and shipping functions to sophisticated programs that coordinate advanced handling with material devices and storage optimisation management systems.
We develop comprehensive custom warehouse management systems to streamline your asset costs and increase overall stock control in a real time mode. A bespoke goods management system can reduce shipping calculation errors and simplify inventory procedures by implementing the integration of bar-code scanners and luggage optimisation. You don’t need to verify the order manually if an actual warehouse statement is made available to your clients online. Clients can pre-order and with the confirmation from the operator actual stock data will be updated automatically. On this basis more orders can be processed with greater precision. Your customers will be able to see the actual stock details, helping you avoid additional confirmations as well as optimising the order forecasting system.
In recent years, machine-to-machine (M2M) technology has evolved significantly into a sophisticated system that helps rationalise and control all aspects of warehouse operation automation. With the latest M2M system, since it’s combined with a warehouse management system (WMS), you can easily control all the essential equipment for order processing within the warehouse.
This approach will help warehouse managers collect market information that allows for quick decision-making when verifying operating procedures.
All warehouses should consider the introduction of the latest order fulfillment technology on the market. By using various warehouse IT solutions, we can maximise the productivity of order production and improve accuracy. There are two main solutions: Pick-to-Light and Put-to-Light. These technologies automate the warehouse process and provide a more efficient and lower-cost solution than the manual selection method.
These systems use a specific light screen to guide a warehouse operator to the location of the product. The operator can make it easier to know which product to select and how many are there. These systems are extremely flexible and the management has the ability to plan, manage and analyse selected orders.
This system helps an operator know how and where to place the products in a warehouse in order to place orders. These systems are very efficient in terms of selection of bulk material. The technology is ideal for clothing, personal care products, sporting goods, supermarkets, convenience foods, retail stores dealing with general merchandise.
For selection, reception, setting and replenishment, there’s a hands-free technology that uses voice commands for the warehouse. This method is similar to RF and is a flexible option for completing orders.
Benefits of voice task technology:
In order to control and effectively manage the operating costs of the warehouse, managers should invest in labour management technology. While the measurement of productivity may seem a challenge, investment in labour management systems will help gather relevant information. In combination with a WMS, we can easily promote the reduction of personnel costs.
Training is also an important part of warehouse management. The innovative technology to consider is the use of a learning management system to regularly train warehouse operators. These training systems are easy to use and are designed to create training materials and structures that meet your needs.
The introduction of a new WMS requires different sets of expectations and motivations from various stakeholders. Company and operations / logistics managers demand a quick return on investment and smooth adoption. Managers believe it’s easy to make the new system easier to use, eliminating bad storage habits. Warehouse officials expect the work to be easier and the errors minor. WMS providers must clearly communicate and manage expectations from the outset so employees at all levels can respond to impending changes in warehouse operations.
Reducing risk is an essential element of the introduction of a WMS. The main objective is to evaluate risks that may arise from its implementation and take measures to minimise them. The experience of the system supplier’s implementation team is the highest priority. The experienced WMS installation team from Magora have worked with a number of different storage scenarios and can anticipate various risks.
During the business review stage at the start of the WMS project, the parties can discuss, decipher and understand the functions, needs and requirements of the warehouse. The type of problems to be highlighted will be the disadvantages of existing warehouse management systems, risks and expectations. The schedule and the implementation process should be built around the business review.
Many WMS implementation projects can’t meet their original schedule. This can be considered a typical project risk, often the result of inadequate planning and unexpected obstacles. Here at Magora, we always provide a realistic implementation plan to allow time and space on the calendar for unexpected events and responses to them. A complete plan is the result of the professional approach of an experienced installation team.
WMS implementation requires two teams - the implementation team and executive team of the customer's warehouse. By choosing the right equipment, you can make the difference between success and failure. Choosing the best talent is not enough for this process. For the introduction of WMS to be successful, issues such as communication between customer representatives and our implementation team leaders are essential.
The WMS installation project is designed according to the business review mentioned above and the existing software customised according to the needs of the client. The more flexible the future WMS, the less customisation it will need. Minimising personalisation is usually one of the keys to a successful project. Most WMS are designed to meet industry standards, but there are cases where changes to warehouse structure are required. It is necessary to respond to risks and expectations accordingly.
During the design and customisation stage, future users of the system should be trained. Snapfulfil generally provides a 2-day in-house training session for staff at the customer's warehouse. This is important to facilitate the transition from one warehouse management system to another. User training is a slow process, but do not ignore it. The success of the implementation depends to a large extent on the ability of users to process new systems.
Implementation of the new WMS includes the transfer of warehouse data from one system to another. This means the entire database the previous system uses to manage the warehouse must adapt to the data schema and terminology of the new system. In addition, you have to add the missing data and modify it to match the new system requirements.
Testing is generally executed using real warehouse data and comparing the results of warehouse process executions in both systems. Here at Magora, we test different storage scenarios and repair design errors. We also manage configuration errors and any other problems that may arise.
After testing and adjustments, the MWS introduction reaches an important stage of implementation. On the agreed date, an accurate snapshot of the warehouse data is loaded into the new WMS database and work begins using the new system. Sometimes, both systems are used simultaneously in a particular process to guarantee the accuracy of the data.
Use of a recently implemented WMS often reveals problems that were not addressed during implementation. Our team provides overall support in order to ensure everything works as it should, regardless of the complexity of the project.
Future technologies such as Pick-by-Vision, electronic data exchange, drones etc. will soon become the mainstream of the industry. Our team will help you choose an appropriate technology that will be key to the improved functioning of your warehouses and supply chains. Just drop us a line to discuss your warehouse management system in detail and to begin the movement to your business’s prosperity.