While purchasing a new warehouse management system every couple of years is not necessary, it is important for you to evaluate your warehouse management technology solutions every so often and implement new technology if your current solution is resulting in inefficiencies or is no longer support by the provider. Having a warehouse management technology partner throughout this process is crucial, for they can help guide you in the decision-making process and pair you with solutions you actually need so you are spending your money on quality investments instead of the “latest and greatest” fads.
If your current solution is not working for you or you know that it’s time to invest in a warehouse management solution that can support the automation your company needs, you need to begin looking at software options. Whether this is your first warehouse management software investment or your tenth, finding the right combination of capabilities to meet your company’s goals and expectations can be challenging if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Having a list of “must-have” features to aid in your search is invaluable, especially for first-time warehouse management solution buyers.
As one of the leading warehouse management technology partners in the United States, we receive 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.
That’s why we’ve created the three “must-haves” when making any kind of warehouse management technology investment.
Knowing Your Warehouse Management Software Non-Negotiables
Part of choosing the right technology solution involves knowing what features you should never – under any circumstances – compromise on. While we could list plenty of features we think you could use to improve your warehouse management, there are only three features that should be at the top of your list when considering warehouse management technology:
- It’s flexible. Flexibility is one of those commonly touted warehouse management software features (especially in today’s age of the Cloud and mobile options), but how do you know if the solution is truly flexible enough to fit your warehouse’s needs? The solution you choose should provide you with maximum adaptability to meet your evolving needs as your business changes. In other words, you need to find warehouse management technology that combines best-of-breed software and is integrated in an agile network. This will help you manage complex supply chains, inventory, and other industry specific needs.
- It talks “SMAC.” SMAC (short for: Social, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud) capabilities are a must for any modern-day manufacturing and distribution company. By pairing these four technologies, you can enhance your warehouse management skills and start improving upon business goals. With access to social tools, mobile features, data analytics and Cloud technology, you have everything you need to manage your business data so you can make more effective business decisions.
- It supports future innovation. Your warehouse management technology should support all of your company’s current and feature ventures, as well as provide you with the tools you need to reach those goals. You need a warehouse management solution that gives you visibility across the global supply chain and system-wide transparency for all key stakeholders – from suppliers to customers. The solution you choose must also include platforms for collaboration and streamlined workflows so your company can easily make engineering changes, inventory adjustments, schedule changes, and accelerated deliveries.
Does your current warehouse management solution contain the above features? If not, it may be time to start exploring other options. Contact us to learn how modern-day warehouse management technology can support your company’s processes and help you achieve your goals.
What’s your list of warehouse management technology “must-haves”? Share your thoughts in the comments section of this blog. We’d love to hear from you!