In order to run a warehouse smoothly it is important that each part is in perfect working order. Assigning tasks, delegating responsibilities and monitoring productivity all play a part in making sure warehouse operations run smoothly. Most of this responsibility lies with the Warehouse Manager, or one or two individuals who know the operation inside-out.
Do you need a Warehouse Management System (WMS)?
Try plotting where the knowledge about your warehouse currently sits. If it lies on the shoulders of one or two people, then you may experience issues down the line, especially as you begin to scale. As you scale, relying on these one or two people to know everything in your business is risky and it could become a potential bottleneck in your warehouse operations. It’s at this point you will want to consider implementing a WMS.
A WMS distributes knowledge, data, and even skills across your entire warehouse, taking some of the pressure off your Warehouse Manager. This enables them to work more efficiently, and your wider warehouse eco-system to run more smoothly.
The implementation of a WMS is simple. It can be deployed in under 12 weeks (depending on your provider), and it’s easy to use - with some WMS systems you can train your staff in as little as an hour.
The system isn’t designed to replace your Warehouse Manager, quite the opposite. It’s there to act as your Warehouse Manager’s go to tool. The WMS will free up your Warehouse Manager to manage everything more smoothly, rather than constantly spending time trying to solve day-to-day problems that could be handled easily by a WMS.
You will be best placed to know if you need a WMS or not, but if you’re shipping a high volume of orders daily, you may find that a WMS is just what you need to transform your operations.
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