How Mobile Applications are Opening the Doors on Warehouse Management
Warehouse management is about more than just making sure the right product is delivered to the right customer on-time. As you are well aware, true warehouse management requires you to be always “on” and in the know about every activity occurring in the warehouse. To accomplish this, your warehouse management applications need to provide you with real-time and accessible information wherever you are – whether that be in or out of the warehouse. A lack of visibility reduces a warehouses’ ability to be proactive in situations, manage daily operations well, and forecast for the future. It leaves a warehouse unprepared and in the dark, leaving you to essentially manage operations blindly.
Thankfully, today’s warehouse management solutions have come a long way in terms of promoting visibility in the warehouse. Mobile warehouse management solutions, such as our Sage 100 mobile warehouse management applications, are specifically designed to improve visibility in the warehouse and deliver real-time information into the hands of those who need it most. Because mobile applications run in the Cloud, users can access important information and data in real-time, boosting their ability to be proactive in both their management and forecasting tasks.
What to Look for in a Mobile Warehouse Management Application
It’s important to note that not all mobile warehouse management solutions are the same, especially when it comes to expanding visibility in the warehouse. Your mobile warehouse management application should be able to do the following:
- Provide you with real-time information regarding inventory levels, user activity, order status, productivity rates, labor schedules, and inventory locations
- Identify potential stock-out situations and alert you of inventory shortages
- Identify bottlenecks and other contributing factors to problems you are experiencing
- Provide the analysis and reporting capabilities you need to make effective decisions on the fly
- Track inventory as it moves through the warehouse
- Contain some kind of barcoding and automation capability
- Integrate with your current ERP or WMS solution (live validation)
- Support your forecasting goals
- Schedule labor and resources
Sage 100 Warehouse Management Apps Show Your True Warehouse State
Our Sage 100 warehouse management apps (formerly Sage MAS 90 software and MAS 200 software) are designed with optimal visibility in mind. Scanco Warehouse, for instance, provides you with a real-time view of everything that is happening in the warehouse, allowing you to identify problem areas and capitalize on any growth opportunities. New notification features expand upon the product’s capabilities, alerting users of important updates or new orders. This feature alone changes warehouse management in terms of visibility. With instant updates and real-time information, warehouse managers can now react more quickly than ever and position their company for success.
Experts predict that real-time visibility in the warehouse will be the factor that will make or break today’s warehouse operations. Without true insight into the warehouse and what’s happening at every level, warehouse managers cannot move their operations into a place of success. Mobile warehouse management solutions open your eyes to what’s going on in the warehouse, giving you the information you need to make informed decisions and plan your next steps carefully.
Don’t let the lack of visibility jeopardize your business. Contact us today so we can discuss your warehouse visibility needs.
Stay tuned to our blog to learn how our Sage 100 mobile warehouse management applications have helped companies just like you improve their visibility and gain a competitive edge. In the meantime, we’d love to chat about how warehouse visibility affects you. Tell us a little bit about your warehouse management situation in the comments below. Do you think mobile warehouse management solutions will positively affect your visibility? Why or why not?