Develop Your Action Plan
Step One: Determine if an Outdated WMS Is Dragging You Down
- Do you find yourself creating workarounds for new business requirements that your WMS cannot support?
- Does your WMS support a variety of languages for global supply chain deployment?
- Does your WMS provide the opportunity for robust interoperability of systems worldwide via a services-oriented architecture (SOA)?
- Are support and upgrades of your WMS becoming increasingly expensive?
- Can your WMS vendor be relied upon to support your growth over the next five years?
Step Two: Put Extended WMS Capabilities to Work for You
- Improve labor utilization - An LMS enables you to objectively measure employee performance and identify those whose performance consistently exceeds the standard, as well as employees who need assistance. Look for an LMS that provides real-time data on actual employee utilization and performance against your own established standards, so that you can detect inefficiencies and take corrective action.
- Institute incentive-based work plans - A labor management system can allow you to create individual performance goals tied to incentives, enabling employees to take greater ownership of their own work and benchmark their improvement.
- Get more out of your WMS - Integrating labor management with your WMS provides you with a comprehensive labor management and planning solution. You'll be able to leverage pre-defined work within the WMS to calculate time and resources required.
Advanced Facility Slotting
- Maximize space utilization - Slotting products according to the way inventory flows in and out of your warehouse operations helps to ensure no storage space is wasted.
- Improve worker safety - Slotting products in the "golden zone" reduces visual search time and minimizes the amount of movement required for retrieval.
- Minimize travel to maximize efficiency - By reducing the distance your pickers travel on a daily basis, you can improve fi ll rates and increase accurate shipments.
- Visibility of trailers and their locations - Tracking trailers at any point in the process helps you avoid detention charges for overdue equipment, proactively identify and resolve bottlenecks and locate empty trailers and containers for quick turnaround.
- Maximize yard space utilization - In many ways, the trailers in your yard are like the inventory in your warehouse: you need to know the exact location of what you have on hand as well as how much space it requires. Reducing wasted space gives you additional room for temporary and permanent trailer storage-and can eliminate the need for facility expansion.
- Leverage a single point of yard command and control - Look for a yard management system that features a graphical, Web-based interface to enable you organize inbound and outbound shipments easily with drag and drop trailer moves that generate RF-directed work dispatched to yard drivers.
- Greater productivity
- Increased workplace safety
- Increased focus and fewer picking errors
- Reduced training time
- Rapid return on investment
Step Three: Integrate Your Extended Supply Chain
- Supplier enablement
- Advanced transportation management - inbound / outbound
- Advanced "last mile" delivery management