• Jim Southern

The Forgotten Warehouse

Forgotten warehouse

In today's competitive economy it is important to be efficient, there is no room for mistakes, customers can be unforgiving and may not return.

Most companies focus their efforts on marketing and selling their products. Somewhere along the line the warehouse operation is forgotten. Over time it becomes over-stocked, product placement becomes fragmented, there is poor visibility of aged stock, etc, etc..

Then comes the cry "We need to move to larger premises" or "We need more warehouse staff". While in some cases this might be true, most of the time its simply a case of poor organisation and inefficient processes.

First of all, relocation can cost a fortune finding new premises to buy or rent, and second the relocation effort is immense in terms of manpower and disruption to your business.

Simply adding more staff is also expensive and this cost is recurring, its with you week on week, month on month. So what seems a simple fix, i.e. 3 more heads in the warehouse is actually 3 more salaries year on year. You could be your adding £100,000 per year to your operational costs.

Before you consider either of the above options you should take a long hard look at your existing warehouse and ask some questions:

- Do we know what's in there? - Do we know where it is? - Are products in their optimum locations? - Do we have out of date stock? - Is the workforce efficiently engaged? - Are our processes efficient for receiving & picking? - Do we still use paperwork in the warehouse?

These are just some of the simpler ones of course, there are other considerations regarding layout, racking configuration, bulk handling and more.

However, there is hope. It has been proven that implementing smart WMS systems can certainly address many of these questions and help you streamline your existing warehouse facility with the same space and the same staff. You can get more out the door with more efficient processes. How?

- Automate order picking, packing and despatch - Ensure every order is accurately picked - Consolidate orders to speed up picking, packing & despatch - Eliminate annual physical stocktaking - Plan and balance picker workload and monitor performance - Improve warehouse layout for faster picking & shipping - Faster more efficient receiving, putaway and customer returns

Dexterity WMS Systems are real time in every way. Real time visibility of all stock and orders coupled with dynamic real time decisions based on an ever changing warehouse situation means that you will be in control, and aware of every aspect of the operation.

We have a wealth of experience in implementing our specialist Dexterity WMS Systems to help clients realise the benefits of a smart barcode driven Warehouse Management System. Please get in touch for a no obligation and no pressure discussion on how Dexterity WMS could help your business.

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