WMS system: cloud solutions for warehouse management
The warehouse occupies a central place in the production chain because it consolidates the raw materials, components and finished products. The WMS system is a new generation software that helps effectively manage warehouse processes. The application automates the standard procedures in the warehouse and helps to move raw materials and products. That done by choosing the most effective and economical ways.
WMS main tasks
Today no manufacturer can do without automation of warehouse processes. The company’s WMS solves a whole list of tasks that can be combined into 7 groups:
- Acceptance of goods is the relationship of transport with incoming deliveries, sorting by storage areas, organizing returns.
- Intra-warehouse operations are inventory, movements of batches, adjustment of inventories, accounting of containers, packing, a compilation of sets and processing of defective products.
- Placement is the distribution of products to cells and rooms, system and multi-link movements.
- Consumption of goods is selection planning, consolidation by directions, replenishment of selection zones, moving to the docks, loading and tracking delivery.
- Selection is the sorting of goods by customer, weight, labels, numbers, counterparties.
- Control is the processing of shortages and surpluses, repackaging if necessary.
- Shipment is the development of routes and distribution of orders for directions, loading, processing of under-deliveries and refusals of consumers.
The warehouse will become a weak link in the chain without the introduction of top WMS systems and will slow down all production processes. The company will not be able to quickly unload raw materials, form orders and arrange delivery, which means it will not be able to successfully compete in the marketplace.
The WMS management system is supported by complex algorithms that simultaneously process huge amounts of data. 3 configurations of warehouse management have proven effective:
- Autonomous. It is a local system that works within the same company and provides information only to its employees. Company partners do not have access to important information so this is the main disadvantage of autonomy. Integration of SCM and WMS causes difficulties, information is scattered, and management processes are inhibited.
- Cloudy. It is considered a more advanced online system. The company provides access to inventory to all of its partners. All participants in the supply chain receive information in real-time and have an idea of the current state of affairs in the warehouse. Cloud solutions provide flexibility, increased security and ensure a highly competitive company.
- Modular. It is built based on the integration of individual systems, mini-applications or add-ons into a single program-module. The modules can combine WMS with SCM, MRP, EDI, accounting, etc. There is an even more flexible system that can be expanded, supplemented and adapted to the needs of the enterprise.
The development of software for warehouse management using the company’s resources is a long and expensive process. The main danger of such a decision is the presence of software errors that will negatively affect income. It is better to order applications from providers because the developers of the GoRamp system create reliable algorithms with competent settings. That will ensure the profitability of your business.
How WMS works
WMS plays a key role in the supply chain. Production processes occur as quickly as the situation in the warehouse allows. Partners are forced to exchange large amounts of information, so only software can systematize and quickly process data. The standard management software includes the following options:
Warehouse design setup. The user independently determines the picking logic and workflow, adapting the application to the company needs. There are time slots settings that allow you to reserve free space in the storage during peak periods (on the eve of holidays, summer and winter seasons).
Inventory tracking. The task is solved using automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) – special markings, light illumination, barcodes and QR codes. Inventory management WMS allows an employee to easily navigate the warehouse and quickly find the right products.
Completion and packaging of goods. To effectively manage warehouse operations, the program can offer space zoning, wave-like or package packaging.
Delivery management. WMS delivery algorithms automatically generate invoices, bills of lading and other accompanying documentation for shipment. The program also sends consignees notifications about consolidation, dispatch and delivery of orders.
Personnel Management. The warehouse automation system takes into account key personnel performance indicators (KPI) and compares them with standard values. That is how the warehouse manager can identify employees who are performing poorly, react slowly or make many mistakes.
Management of docks and premises. The option helps truck drivers find the optimal loading or unloading areas.
Reporting. The program conducts a general analysis of warehouse operations in terms of speed and efficiency. Based on this, the WMS manager can see areas that need improvement.
Due to its flexibility, the system can be customized according to the basic needs of the organization. For example, the requirements of a supplier of perishable goods will differ significantly from the needs of a distributor of household appliances.
Benefits of implementing a WMS system
After integrating all production processes with WMS, the organization will be able to:
- increase the throughput of the storage that means perform more operations with the same resources;
- improve the utilization of storage volume – intelligent placement management increases the capacity of premises by up to 30%;
- eliminate personnel errors and the cost of returns and complaints reduced significantly;
- manage business processes at all stages from the supply of materials to the shipment of finished products;
- reduce labour costs for most warehouse operations will be calculated and performed automatically;
- improve the accuracy of the WMS inventory system by calculations that performed accurately without stopping the storage;
- rational use of loaders it is mean that downtime will decrease and service life will be extended;
- to improve the efficiency of staff work is to carry out personnel changes, leaving only successful employees in the field;
- improve customer service that means customers will receive goods on time and return to the company for new products.
All the benefits that a company receives after introducing WMS into the supply chain will work to improve its reputation. An entrepreneur will be able to declare himself as a reliable partner who fulfils his obligations. And prove it in practice.
Cloud WMS Benefits
The globalization of business processes and the development of e-commerce are driving the development of cloud-based e-commerce solutions. Migrating applications to the cloud have additional benefits:
- fast implementation;
- no problems with updating because the user always works with the latest version of the program;
- reduced maintenance costs for the program supported by the developer throughout the entire work;
- scalability is the application adapts to the specifics of WMS orders and the needs of the organization;
- online access means that information in real-time received by all system participants.
The complexity of software implementation is limited only by contractors who have no experience with IT technologies.
You make the right choice when you turn to GoRamp specialists for software development. Since 2016, we have been successfully implementing cloud WMS solutions in logistics, allowing customers to save time and money. A flexible online platform will evolve with your business, adapting to market demands. Order a trial version of the product to experience all the benefits of GoRamp’s digital WMS.