• Jim Southern

Time for Change

Are your warehouse management methods outdated? The way you run your warehouse are the difference between being an efficient and productive operation and a resource heavy company who misses order deadlines and suffers from inaccurate order picks and too many customer returns. If you are not using WMS Software, you may well be costing the company money in wasted time as well as limiting business growth.

Are your warehouse processes out of date?

Outdated Warehouse Practices:

In the modern business world, the need for warehouses and distribution centres has grown. Many products are imported or manufactured by 3rd party suppliers, stored in the warehouse, and picked and shipped. This makes the need for an efficient warehouse more important than ever. Becoming more efficient may be the crucial difference between you and your competitors. Manual warehouse processes and procedures limit your efficiency. Are you still using manual outdated practices?

Writing down product location or product information Paper pick notes Manual batching of paper pick orders Paper lists of inventory Paper inventory information forms

Excel spreadsheets Manually keying in stock and order data

Remember when business ran on paper? Countless forms, having to write everything down, not lose it and then key it all in. Time consuming, prone to error and out of date. Now think about how business is conducted today. People shop on-line, they track their deliveries on a website and can sign for the delivery when it arrives. Basically its a real time world with real time information. The comparison can be applied to your warehouse. What do you still do manually and consider whether these tasks could be better and more accurately and quickly managed using a WMS Software and scanning system. Implementing a warehouse management system is a good way to update how your company functions and improve your bottom line.

Eliminate Human Error:

Having too many manual processes leaves your operation open to human error. Here is a list of the typical human errors associated with a manual paperwork system:

Miscounting while stocktaking Bad handwriting leading to miscommunication Losing track of an important piece of paper Forgetting where inventory has been stored Losing order forms Mis-keying information

I'm sure you will agree that doing things the old way is holding you back. It limited business growth by requiring you to hire additional staff to support expansion and order throughput. Not only do manual paperwork processes have the potential for human error, they are also time consuming, inaccurate and inefficient. Moving to a smart WMS system is the easiest way to ensure support for improved operations and business growth in the future.

Why Use a WMS System?

A WMS System can provide you with the high-tech, problem solving solution that your company needs using smart technology. A WMS System can provide you with the visibility of inventory and both inbound (Purchase Orders) and outbound (Customer Orders) stock. It can also give you a "live" view of where orders and products are through the entire pick and ship process. WMS can suggest to you exactly when to replenish stock to pick locations, speed up stocktaking, and goods receiving. It's an all round win for any distribution based business. Using warehouse management software will also improve your order fulfilment. These benefits will help improve your customer satisfaction.

Ask yourself, should you stick with your old manual warehouse management methods, or is it finally time to invest in a WMS System? Changing from a manual system to a software and technology based WMS will completely revolutionise the way you do business, bringing you firmly into the 21st century. The benefits on offer should make your decision quite easy.

It is time to say goodbye to the manual way for good.

Ready to get started? We have a wealth of experience in implementing our barcode driven Dexterity WMS Systems to help clients realise the benefits of a smart 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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