When we look at the benefits of a WMS in your warehouse, distribution center, supply chain, or business, we generally look at the tangible, measurable impact that and implementation can have.
There are far more benefits that meet the eye, however, and the ongoing improvements and opportunities seeded by your WMS can change an implementation from simply “the cost of doing business” to a truly worthwhile investment.
When you implement a Warehouse Management System or build a business case for the investment into one, you do so with certain metrics in mind. If not, you should.
Using these metrics, and benchmarking against industry standards, you should be able to establish an accurate reduction percentage in:
Likewise, you will be able to see marked improvements in:
Aside from the measurable cost reduction in labour, as listed above, you may find certain benefits that cannot be easily measured, but help to improve your productivity and growth:
Driving employee satisfaction can be difficult, but a WMS used correctly can help you to mitigate the conditions that cause employee unrest and dissatisfaction.
Having briefly discussed the transparency and accuracy that your sales team can use to their advantage, we’ll start with the opportunities found in the sales department post-WMS-implementation:
With improved processes comes better sales service and increased customer satisfaction.
While many internal warehouse improvements are easily measured, the future impact of a WMS on how you run your distribution center and its associated processes is incredibly broad.
Ongoing optimisation will create new opportunities in every warehouse department, and will illuminate the potential actions to take to expand capabilities as you grow:
A WMS implementation enables the adoption of new technologies, whether in automation, transport management, labour management, robotics, and more.
To see the latest trends, read our blog The Top 5 Smart Warehouse Technologies you Should be Using Today.
Mobile managers and automated processes exist now, and could become infinitely more advanced in future revisions of MHE and mobile technology.
Likewise, the analytic capabilities and machine-learning potential is not yet fully realised – with this avenue open to you, the management and optimisation of your entire supply chain process could open new doors to your business.
Try to imagine where these smart technologies could impact your business right now, vs. in the future after further development and tuning.
Make the enhancements you need to grow with your market, and open your business to new opportunities by taking advantage of every capability-boosting feature in your WMS.
While many of your operational benefits can be estimated in terms of savings and profit, the smaller, less visible benefits mount up over time.
These include, but are not limited to:
Save yourself money, and drive leaner operations to allow more space and funding for new projects.
Knowing where the opportunities lie, and how to leverage your WMS to support you in the advancement of your capabilities, gives you a competitive advantage in any industry.
Being able to grow with the market, match pricing and delivery speed, add omnichannel functions as the order platforms increase in number, and enabling a simpler adoption of new services and products is critical to thriving as a distributor, 3PL, wholesaler, or retailer.
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