Integrate Warehouse Management and Manufacturing

Feb 5, 2019 11:28:43 AM

4 Reasons Manufacturing Businesses Need to Integrate Warehouse Management

I have seen many manufacturers opt for solutions that consolidate the most important aspects such as work orders, sales orders, purchase orders, inventory (consisting of raw materials, finished goods, and spare parts) when it comes to a project-based setup. This enables them to compete and stay ahead of the curve in the highly competitive market. So, if you are a manufacturing business, you already know how crucial inventory management is, for a healthy bottom-line. Effective warehouse management helps you keep track of all the goods and items that your business has, efficiently and timely. However, it is easier said than done. For manufacturing businesses, it is very important to manage warehouse operations and integrate the supply chain with that warehouse and related processes. In this blog, we will talk about 4 reasons why it is necessary for you to integrate your warehouse management.

  1. Optimizing inventory – For a project-based manufacturing business like yours, it is essential to remove the imbalance between demand and supply of inventory. Integrated warehouse management enables you to set inventory targets, based on the demand and supply variability. An accurate inventory mix can satisfy immediate customer demand while avoiding any overstock or understock situations. An integrated system can extend employees a true and comprehensive picture with up-to-date information that is required to operate a warehouse, stock, and tally inventory to fulfill customer orders.

  1. Minimizing Costs – Cutting down on operation costs is the primary objective in any project-based unit. In that context, warehouse operations can prove to be a very expensive affair. Managed right, it can also prove to be the source of income for your business. By integrating warehouse management with the right technology and processes in place, you can exploit operations to its maximum potential. Integrated systems ensure that warehouse operations are streamlined and automated, minimizing the risk of human errors and damaged or outdated inventory. Automation not only minimizes labor costs but also reduces system errors.

  1. Ensuring visibility – Project-based manufacturing companies have to take into consideration a number of things – from detailed tracking of project costs and tasks to ROI (Return on Investments). Therefore, visibility in such a complex environment plays a very critical role. In that regard, one of the key things is supply chain visibility. I can bet on the fact that however manufacturing a business you are, you have to focus on your supply chain performance. An integrated warehouse management system guarantees more visibility to you, your partners, and your vendors into your inbound planning as well as your shipping and distribution methods. Needless to say, the more visibility, more likely that you will have your operations smoothly.

  1. Future-proofing – It is obvious that if you are a manufacturing business, you will look to continuously improve processes and optimize efficiency. Your warehouse management system integration will be a very vital step towards making your business future proof. You will have to stay ahead of the trends and technologies that are the future of small business if you want to grow, expand, and/or just add new functionalities to your current system.

Whether you want to enhance the Warehouse Management System (WMS) on your Microsoft Dynamics NAV or Microsoft Dynamics Business Central On-Premises (available on and from January 1st), or just want to start your journey of integrating your Warehouse Management, we can help you! Find out how.

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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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