When moving to a new building or area for their warehouse, there are a lot of issues that manufacturing organizations need to consider. Logistics professional Simon Sterland wrote on Supply and Demand Chain Executive that if it is completely new, the warehouse can be built to the exact specifications of what the business wants. If it is being adopted from another company, they can still make changes to what they want. A warehouse management system will likely play a key role to how enterprises build out this warehouse, he said.
“If you are employing five or more warehouse operatives, consider installing warehouse management system software,” Sterland wrote. “It can streamline and speed up all areas of warehouse life, making the receiving, picking, packing and dispatch processes much more efficient, thereby improving company profits and making work life easier for warehouse operatives. It also can lead to greater transparency and accuracy, thereby reducing waste and returned orders.”
When a business has a well-executed storage, receiving and shipping plan at their warehouse, efficiency, productivity and profitability will all be improved. Doing this is made much easier by having everything organized as well as possible with a warehouse management system.
Sterland wrote some other guidelines businesses should keep in mind with a new warehouse include:
– Floor plans need to be properly formatted, including where shipping and receiving should go and what type of shelving and storage will be used
– Areas should be created for items that are frequently used to accessed
– Loading docks need to be unobstructed
– Warning and safety signs need to be in the best possible areas
Top benefits of a warehouse management system
After moving to a new warehouse, there are other areas of business where a warehouse management system can be very helpful, according to a post from Maria Hoffman on Food Logistics. She said traceability of goods can see a big improvement, as well as accuracy, visibility and increased throughput.
“What we’ve seen in both food and beverage is they’re very focused on speed,” says Eric Lamphier, senior director of product management at Manhattan Associates. “You’ll go into a very high-end fresh operation and they’re moving fresh fruits and vegetables and other fresh products through that facility in just a couple of hours.”
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