Warehouse Management Systems Create Competitive Advantages
If you carry inventory, your warehousing processes can affect every dimension of your operations from purchasing and order processing to picking and shipping.
If you think of your warehouse as nothing more than a cost center, you may want to reconsider because some of your competitors are turning their facilities into a competitive advantage using sophisticated warehouse management systems (WMS).
Luckily for you, Sage 100 provides the tools you need to convert your warehouse from an inefficient cost center to a smooth-running profit-making machine. Let’s take a look.
Mistakes Can Be Costly
We’re human – we make mistakes. But human error in the warehouse comes with a price. No matter how large or small the order, inaccurate order fulfillment usually results in additional unnecessary costs with no corresponding increase in revenue – a real hit to the bottom line.
Consider the example of a customer that receives an over shipment, under shipment, or just the wrong order because of a data entry error. You’re now in a position where you incur additional shipping costs for the returned items as well as labor costs to process the return and re-process the correct order. Not to mention the “soft” cost of a potentially unhappy customer.
By all accounts, companies that have implemented automated WMS technology have significantly reduced or completely eliminated these situations.
Have you ever found yourself or your staff wandering around the warehouse looking for inventory that you know is out there somewhere but can’t seem to find it? Maybe someone filled an order earlier in the day but forgot to enter it in the system. Or maybe it was moved to another area but never recorded.
With Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, a handheld scanner will guide your warehouse personnel with precise instructions as to which aisles and bins hold which products. As the item is picked, it’s simply scanned and your Sage 100 inventory module is instantly updated. What’s more, WMS can transmit specific picking and routing instructions to the handheld device to prevent multiple trips to the same area of the warehouse for better efficiency.
Warehouse Automation for Sage 100
Any business, large or small, can appreciate the benefits of eliminating manual keystrokes, reducing labor costs, and eliminating errors. And that’s exactly what happens when you automate your warehouse using Sage 100. You can replace the old paper tickets and manual data entry with handheld wireless scanners and bar codes that seamlessly feed real-time inventory data into Sage 100. Plus with better and more accurate information, you’ll make more confident stocking decisions and reduce excess inventory.
There are several flavors of warehouse automation available for your Sage 100 system from simple bar coding to a full-featured wireless Warehouse Management System. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about automating your warehouse.