Key Factors Driving WMS System Adoption
Do you need your warehouse and distribution operation to be leaner and faster? This is where WMS Systems have evolved as an invaluable tool for tracking and streamlining warehouse tasks, the workers and order and materials flows.
"Research and Markets" one of the worlds largest market research companies, has announced the addition of a "Warehouse Management System Market by Component, Tier Type, Industry, and Region - Global Forecast to 2023" report to their offering this year.
The Warehouse Management System (WMS) market is projected to reach $3.23 Billion by 2023, at a growth rate of 14.1% per year between 2017 and 2023.
Key factors driving the growth of this market include the evolution of multi-channel distribution networks, the growth of the e-commerce industry, the increased adoption of WMS solutions, and globalisation of supply chain networks.
To illustrate how WMS technology is helping the industry wide transformation, we have a some customer success stories that help identify the key factors that are driving the uptake in WMS Systems.
ULTRA-COMPETITIVE DISTRIBUTION MARKETS
Today's markets, whatever your industry are becoming more and competitive, not just in terms of price (and margins) but the "want it today" society means that service levels are constantly under pressure.
A well managed warehouse using a smart WMS System can drive efficiencies from receiving through to pick and ship to ensure on time and accurate customer shipments. Managers can use overview KPI's and Dashboards or more detailed views to pinpoint bottlenecks and measure transaction throughput and ultimately business performance.
Macclesfield based Vufold is an example of one company that adopted a WMS to support business growth.
"From humble beginnings 10 years ago, we have grown to become one of the premier suppliers of hard wood folding and sliding doors in the UK. When the retail side of the business took off, we knew we had to work smarter throughout the business." says Rick Collins - Operations Director at Vufold.
"Dexterity WMS has proven to be the right solution to revolutionise our warehouse, so that we now know what we have and where it is - it's like having extra employees in the warehouse.”
Prior to investing in Dexterity WMS for Sage 200, Vufold’s stock was managed on up to 30 spreadsheets. Warehouse staff spent a lot of time searching for items, which could not be found, but following the installation of Dexterity WMS, order processing and picking times have fallen by 30%.
GROWTH OF E-COMMERCE FULFILMENT
Another factor driving the adoption of WMS is the growing trend towards e-commerce fulfilment. Many businesses are changing to become direct-to-consumer suppliers, requiring their operations to restructure to embrace single-order, single-line item shipments. The increased volume of single-item orders has forced them to re-think their operational methods and introduce software tools to help satisfy demand while maintaining profitability.
Leicester based Bluesuntree is an example of one company that adopted a WMS to support its burgeoning e-commerce business.
“We had carved out a strong business in the modern and designer furniture sector by building our strategy on two key concepts: exceptional customer service and just-in-time delivery,” explains Robert Cain, MD at Bluesuntree. “However, as we grew, we realised we needed more space and a more streamlined fulfilment operation to move our business onto the next level"
In 2012, after significant business growth, it became apparent to Bluesuntree that their existing paper based warehouse methods could not support the growing needs of their expanding business. After careful consideration, they chose to implement Dexterity WMS for Sage 200 from Barcode-IT, which has allowed them to continue to grow their business and move help with the move to new premises.
"We could not have contemplated moving to our new premises without a strong WMS in place. We realised that we need to work smarter and slicker and after implementing our WMS we noticed that efficiency and accuracy had improved and the picking process was much more streamlined. Dexterity has really delivered on that score." - Robert Cain, Managing Director at Bluesuntree.
MODERN WAREHOUSE CHALLENGES
Small Multiple Order Line Management
Flexibility in Warehouse Operation
Stock Visibility for Webshop Fulfilment Promises
Accurate and Live Stock Views
Efficient Pick & Pack Processes
Slick Returns Processes
THE END GAME
Many companies are hesitant to implement a WMS solution based on a fear that the process of installing the system will disrupt their day to day business or simply its a reluctance to change, "We've always done it this way". The truth is that an experienced implementation team will study and understand the business and devise a structured roll-out plan to deploy a WMS system with minimal impact to to your operation. However, the results can be revolutionary: better organisation, streamlining all warehouse processes, and a guided workforce that will enable your business to ship and deliver every order on-time every time.
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.