When should a warehouse management system be upgraded?

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Companies are resistant to change any aspect of their business. New technology and processes take time and money to implement. If the current tools are working fine, business managers will hold onto them as long as possible.

Adequate isn't good enough in the modern marketplace. Companies that aren't utilizing data tools and mobile warehouse inventory management systems are missing out on the advantages of big data. Here are some questions a business warehouse manager should ask to determine if its time for a system upgrade:

Does the company have to accommodate the system?
A WMS should make life easier for warehouse employees. Old tools that aren't flexible enough to keep up with customer demand or changing industry standards cause workers to create workarounds.

As new challenges arise that can't be handled by the old system, employees tend to patch solutions one at a time. Supply Chain 24/7 compared this to heating a large home with an ever-growing number of space heaters instead of getting a new furnace. Individual solutions don't necessarily work together. If the data coming out of the warehouse isn't uniform, it may create communication errors as it is reported to other departments.

It's even worse if a warehouse is depending on pen and paper procedures. If workers are still collecting inventory information by hand, the company won't have real-time information to inform other business practices. Workers constantly writing things down and transcribing details are prone to mistakes, and the whole process is very slow.

What is missed by current tools?
Big data has become a standard in the modern business market for a reason. Customers, competitors and employees are all using data tools in their everyday lives. If a company doesn't have a warehouse management system capable of utilizing mobile tools, it's out of step with the outside world.

Multichannel Merchant said all businesses are operating in an omnichannel environment. E-commerce has turned most industries into a global competition. Consumers expect top-notch products delivered quickly, and if they can't get the service they expect from a company, they seek out a competitor.

It's not just meeting the demands of the marketplace, however. Big data provides warehouses with the ability to oversee resource allocation and employee performance. DC Velocity suggested a modern WMS eliminates waste in inventory procedures. Constant data reporting streamlines facility travel times, energy usage and equipment scheduling.

Where can processes be improved?
Employees working with a mobile warehouse inventory management system have tools that connect them to a big data world. Older systems may keep inventory procedures disconnected from the larger company; while mobile devices allow warehouse workers to contribute directly to the central infrastructure.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV users can easily provide their warehouse with data collection tools. The ERP system has modules like NAV barcoding or time collection. Barcode scanners let workers capture inventory movements as they happen. Time reporting gives managers oversight of all employee performance.

Upgraded software creates complete visibility of warehouse procedures, including mobility. The tools work on an employee's preferred mobile device and ensure they are contributing to the new strategies.

Warehouse managers should download the Physical Inventory Count Dynamics NAV Module Data Sheet to learn more about mobile upgrades.