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How New WMS Software Gives You a Competitive Edge & Cuts Costs

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Aug 2, 2018 4:00:00 AM

Your enterprise may be resistant to change. One clear sign of this may be the software that you currently use to manage warehouse operations.  checkmate-1511866_640

The advantages of today’s WMS are undeniable. The software can give you a competitive edge and real-time answers to the challenges faced by material-handling operations. But the fact is, deploying the right solution — one that fits your specific needs — could do much more for your business than you might expect.

If you’re are behind the times, are you alone? No. Statistically, about 52 percent of companies deploy some form of warehouse telematics. But, keep in mind not all systems support proactive measures. Not all software is created equal.

So, what are the advantages of the latest WMS software?

1. Smoother operations

Software that manages your fleet can integrate with software that analyzes labor. Track hours in the warehouse, the movement of lift-trucks and vehicles, or tractor-trailers on the road. Software is an increasingly important factor in the smooth running of modern-day logistics operations.

2. Better utilization of workforce and operators

Finding qualified employees has become increasingly challenging. It's important to leverage employees’ skills to their advantage. Software that monitors operator performance can determine the best placement of workers based on their level of skill and stand-out abilities. This improves efficiency.

For example, telematic operator report cards identify:

  • Skills each operator possesses and if they are basic or high-level skills
  • Challenges or skill deficits that hold the greatest potential for mishaps or delays
  • Operators that handle time-crunches the best
  • Drivers that always make the most efficient use of time, getting a task done quickly and without compromising safety

3. Optimum fleet utilization

Right-sizing your fleet can cut the costs of operating several unnecessary lift-trucks. Real-time forklift monitoring determines vehicle idol times and exactly how many trucks are really needed to complete the job. Routing optimization and fuel savings can also be achieved from a forklift-monitoring device that eliminates visibility gaps and provides insights into leveraging the fastest, least congested routes.

4. Customer satisfaction

Today's customer expects their order to be delivered faster than ever before. To satisfy expectations, a facility must balance speed and accuracy. Managers should be able to pinpoint the exact location of a product with all the steps of order fulfillment documented.

The takeaway

If your enterprise resists investing in WMS software, you’re in the minority and are placing your company at a disadvantage. The demand for new technology to facilitate smoother, faster productivity, while boosting safety and order accuracy, increases each year. Any business that lacks these abilities will struggle to keep costs under control and to meet customer expectations.

Topics: smart systems, warehouse efficiencies, telematic fleet management, warehouse management system, fog and edge computing, telematics diagnostics

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