The ability to know which product is where and how much is present is critical knowledge for a warehouse operator.
Not knowing can be a nightmare, but all too often, it’s the case in a manual environment. Couple that scenario with multiple manual facilities, and you have double the frustration. Without a system in place, it is difficult to track inventory and even more so to accurately forecast what’s needed to fulfill orders in the pipeline. With a warehouse management software (WMS) solution, inventory accuracy and traceability is a given. However, there are several features that you need in order to ensure a smooth operation.
First, insist on tracking in real-time. Real-time access grants operators the most up-to-date information about available inventory.
Second, insist that your WMS has the ability to track inventory within multiple locations. This feature is key for any multi-facility operation that needs to track all inventory. Plus, having visibility into multiple facilities will allow you to scale as your operation grows.
Even for the smallest of warehouse operations, a good WMS is key to everyday management. Plus, real-time data is essential for anyone managing an e-commerce fulfillment operation. Furthermore, implementing a WMS solution will allow you to optimize your facility, improve order fulfillment, and reduce inventory loss.
Operating a successful business within a manual warehouse is doable, and with a strong WMS, many challenges you have experienced can be alleviated. A good WMS offers you a greater confidence in your operations and even greater efficiency for your customers.