Warehouse management systems (WMS) can process data quickly and coordinate movements within the warehouse. They can also produce reports and handle large volumes of transactions, such as those inherent in e-commerce operations.
The potential benefits of having a WMS in place include:
- Efficient and effective labor management
- Stock visibility and traceability
- Accurate inventory counts
- Fewer picking errors
- Fewer returns
- Accurate reporting
- Improved responsiveness
- Remote data visibility
- Automatic replenishment
- Improved customer service
- Minimized paperwork
Before embarking on a WMS implementation, you need to be certain that you will achieve significant business benefits. Such systems need capital investment, and involve running costs; however, the main “costs” are the drive, enthusiasm, and commitment needed from the entire warehousing team and senior management to ensure that the system is set up correctly, used properly, and optimized regularly.