What is a Warehouse Management System - The Basics
  • Jim Southern

What is a Warehouse Management System - The Basics



First off lets take a look at your current warehouse operation and what you do now. It will most likely involve the following processes:

Manual verification and goods receiving against a PO

Putaway to fixed locations or wherever space is found

Order picking from a paper pick list (one order at a time)

Re-keying picked orders into Financial Software

Shutdown to count and reconcile inventory

These are functions that all companies have to carry out on a daily basis. A good WMS system will not only increase efficiency by automating and streamlining the operation but also drive down costs.

Dexterity WMS by its definition is a smart software system that helps you manage the day to day operations in the warehouse in real-time. Dexterity WMS supports centralised control of all warehouse tasks including receiving, putaway, order picking, stock and cycle counting as well as performance KPI's. Dexterity can operate standalone but is more often integrated with your Financial or ERP software to provide a "joined up" solution.

Some Benefits of Dexterity WMS:

Receiving – Have real-time visibility of shipments of stock that have been delivered and received. See instantly if received product is needed to complete an order, prior to put-away. Put-Away – Allows for random put-away for rules based location strategies. Makes sure that stock is always in the right place for replenishments and picking. Picking – Reduce picking errors and increase productivity in the picking process. Workers receive their picks on a mobile device that routes them to the proper location. Scanning items when you pick them verifies that the right item at the right quantity is picked. Packing – Pack and check, pack to box with contents makes sure the right goods are shipped. Shipping – See that each order is properly packaged and shipped with integration to your carrier software to log the delivery. Stock Counting - Perform cycle counting "live" without shaving to shut down operations.

Although installing a full-scale WMS can appear to be a daunting task, our customers quickly recognise its value. After Dexterity WMS has been up and running for a very short period of time, most of our customers comment that they don’t know how they operated without it. From real-time visibility into inventory and orders and greater put away flexibility to increased productivity and reduced picking errors, Dexterity WMS offers our customers tremendous benefits now and positions them for future growth.

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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