17 January 2019

3 Essentials to Select a Warehouse Management System for Manufacturing

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There is no doubt that a good warehouse management system can help you save money, time, and result in customer satisfaction. However, selecting the right warehouse management system can be a challenge especially when you want to scale your business. Optimizing the flow of goods across multiple warehouses becomes very crucial to maintain consistent profitability and reduce risks. In this blog, we will look at the three basics that you need to get right when you choose a warehouse management system for your complex business. Your WMS should:

  1. Integrate with your ERP and supply chain solutions

    Manufacturing businesses often need to support multiple warehouses and distribution channels across many locations. Therefore, it is recommended that you go for a WMS that integrates seamlessly with your ERP and the supply chain elements. Ensure that your WMS can have full integration to sales, purchasing, transport, 3PL (third-party logistics). This helps businesses to deliver warehouse integration that in turn provides better tools to assist the organization across different functions in completing a job more efficiently. Now, with this integration, imagine the possibilities of taking your customers’ satisfaction to newer heights, as you will be able to customize how they want their orders processed and delivered.

  1. Integrate transport management system

    Manufacturing entities require increased visibility and control to make sure that the right products are delivered to the right people, on time. Your warehouse management system should be able to support quick inventory movement reliably and predictably. Adding transport to your WMS extends full visibility into your inventory, minimizing the possibility of errors. It helps you manage distribution schedules more accurately, strategically, and economically. Integrating transport management to your WMS also reduces cost by optimizing your warehouse space.

  1. Ensure efficient and optimal labour management

    Labour costs contribute to a huge chunk of warehouse management expenses. It is very crucial to have full visibility into resource allocation and efficiency more so in a complex enterprise model. A powerful warehouse management system can monitor man-hours and keep a check on the costs incurred on overtime. Also, using labour forecasting and KPIs, warehouse managers can not only ensure optimal resource utilization but also identify what’s working very well and what are the areas that need improvement.

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Adri Cardol,
Adri Cardol,
Product Manager - Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Adri Cardol is an experienced business consultant familiar with ERP implementations, distribution, and manufacturing. His expertise also includes integration of applications and e-business.

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