How WMS Can Help Identify Inefficiencies
Identifying warehouse inefficiencies can be a tricky proposition. By the time many issues become apparent, they have already turned into a huge mess that will not be easily remedied. By that time, a downturn in profits and sales will have likely already set in. If you want to determine which areas should be addressed first, you can turn to your WMS for valuable insight.
Many warehouse efficiency problems can be traced to the dock, which is unfortunate because these types of issues tend to trickle down and affect operations across the board. A WMS program that uses barcodes or RFID can be used to identify when products sit on the dock for too long and help workers resolve any non-conforming receipts quickly. A lack of staff and space are common problems on receiving docks, and means any receiving problems indicated by a WMS need to be investigated and corrected swiftly.
Another common source of warehouse inefficiencies is the picking process, whether it’s down to an overly complicated warehouse layout or inventory problems. A WMS can show you how many orders are picked and the way in which they are prioritized. It also makes it possible to identify any specific team members who are prone to working slowly or making mistakes.
Inventory count and location issues are a bit more insidious as they can be hard to detect until they’ve already caused a host of problems. In this case, a WMS can make use of random quality checks and cycle counts to catch errors in inventory before they turn into bigger problems.
Warehouse performance tracking is a tremendous project, but skipping it can lead to serious issues down the line, so to speak. Thankfully, the right software can make quick work of the task, painting a clear picture not only of current issues but also potential future problems.