Warehouse automation is a key factor in the profitability and success of any distribution or manufacturing company. Effective warehouse management will provide cost savings, improve customer satisfaction and increase sales. But how do you know when it is time to upgrade or replace your current system?
The majority of warehousing and distribution companies in the United States have already implemented some form of warehouse automation. Companies see a quick return on their investment of an automated system through these significant benefits:
- Track and manage your inventory in real time
- Reduce safety stock and inventory loss
- Maximize labor productivity as the entire operation is managed including putaway, pick tasks, and material handling
- Improve capacity as you can handle more goods more efficiently
- Increase customer satisfaction with on-time, accurate shipments
Indicators it is Time to Change Your Warehouse Management
If you have already realized the benefits of warehouse automation, it can be easy to become complacent and assume that you’ve done everything you can to optimize your system. However, no marketplace remains stagnant and your company shouldn’t either. You should consider additional automation if any of the following situations apply to you.
- Market demands are changing due to new technology, increased customer expectations, competitive pressure or dropping margins
- Your customers are demanding Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
- E-commerce is affecting the way your company does business
- You have integrated new technology into your warehouse
- You are opening or consolidating warehouses
- There are inefficiencies in your warehousing and distribution process
In these situations, updating automation software in your warehousing operations can provide numerous benefits. New technology continues to be made available in the warehousing industry. To update your technology, it is possible that you only need to add an additional software module and some new hardware to your existing system. For example, mobility has become a standard capability as we discussed in a recent blog, “Are You Drowning in the Wave of BYOD”. Scanco offers mobile, cloud capability with Scanco Cloud enabling you to manage your warehouse with devices you have in your pocket. It supports iOS, Android and Windows and you can attach barcode scanners to your handheld devices.
Another great time to upgrade your WMS system is when you are integrating new equipment into your operations or even designing a new warehouse. If you are selling over the web, you may be seeing higher transaction volumes, smaller units and thinner margins.
Benefits of Making the Change
These situations provide an opportunity to eliminate bottlenecks and optimize performance and efficiency. Products like Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 (formerly MAS 200 ERP) offer solutions to automate, streamline and verify all of your in-warehouse processes. Perhaps you would like to take advantage of barcode tracking or EDI capabilities. Scanco offers Sage 100 Advanced Shipping Notification to automate delivery to the customer. WOScan, Work Order Automation, helps users focus on getting products faster and more efficiently using scanning technology.
A key component of any warehouse management process is integration of your warehouse automation with an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Scanco Warehouse offers seamless integration with Sage 100 (formerly MAS 200 ERP), to automate transactions and share data throughout your organization.
As one of the leading warehouse management technology partners in the United States, Scanco receives a lot of questions from first-time and seasoned buyers about the specifics of warehouse management applications. Because there are so many options in deployment, features, and configurations, warehouse management software purchasers often do not know where to look first. Having a warehouse management technology partner throughout the process of choosing new automation features is crucial. We can help guide you in the decision-making process and pair you with solutions that will make your business more effective.
Contact us for more information on how products like Scanco Warehouse for Sage 100 (formerly MAS 200 ERP) can increase inventory-handling accuracy, improve allocation of human resources and control costs associated with obsolete and slow-moving stock. It may be time for you to maximize your operational efficiencies with improved warehouse management.