Our Clients Pain Points And The 7 Reasons to Look At a WMS (Warehouse Management Solution)
When it comes to investigating a warehouse management solution, there are usually 7 reasons to look at a WMS. These seven core issues we often find our clients are dealing with in their day-to-day business systems processes and strategies. What is exciting for us, is that while these pain points currently occur within a business, we can provide solutions that can drastically reduce errors and continue to improve the overall efficiency of the business.
So what are some of the things to look out for in terms of warehouse management pain points, and how does a solution really help remove these and enhance that efficiency? The seven key pain points that we see within businesses that we work with, generally come from a manual process. Taking long periods of time to go through manual processes within the business always leads to errors within the stock count and within the general inventory management of the business.
These issues are:
- A larger number of manual processes or paper based processes
- Issues with stock counts and missing stock
- Staff spending a long time completing processes
- Issues with documentation printing
- Issues with stock returns and / or damaged stock
- Poor or intermittent internet connectivity
- Difficulty in training new staff
Warehouse Stock Issues, Manual Processes & Timeliness
Our solution allows us to reduce these issues by using a MobileFirst application that removes the current necessary manual process that exists in the warehouse management. Providing options like audio and visual cues, allow staff to be notified the minute there is an error within picking, packing or shipping. This ensures the overall the processing is faster as they understand what task need to be done immediately, what the net step in the process is and whether that task has been completed correctly or not. This also reduces issues such as staff continuing to take long times to complete picks, packs or ships, or even general warehouse stock updates. This application has route optimisation built in, so not only are errors being reduced, but the staff are faster at what they’re doing by understanding how the warehouse process works, ensuring they are picking, packing and shipping in the most optimal way to improve that overall speed and efficiency within the business.
Warehouse Documentation Printing
Another issue that exists within business warehouse management and general solutions is the dreaded documentation printing. Things such as barcodes, manifests, invoices, these all take time to print. There is always back and forth to a printer that is to quite often in a separate office, and printing the different documents within that warehouse space. Our cloud WMS solution has solved this problem by allowing us to be able to print directly from the device. This means printing labels, manifests, and documents directly from the device, solving the problem of having to run back and forth from the warehouse. There is also the option to install printers within the warehouse itself and allow your team to get back to what they’re meant to be doing.
Stock Returns and Inventory Management
Stock oversight via stock returns or damaged goods in inventory management are one of the biggest problems that are dealt within warehouse management. This can be solved by using a mobile application that ensures stock takes are done faster, are a lot less painful, so staff are happy to do them. Regardless of continual inventory adjustments or stock takes, you can be sure your inventory is correct as it is constantly updated using an easy, seamless process for your warehouse staff.
Poor or intermittent internet connectivity
As mentioned in previous blogs, the key functionalities of being a mobile application allows our MobileFirst application to run on and offline within the warehouse. Some of the adaptable situations are, you have a freezer that has low connectivity to your WiFi routers. If you have a large warehouse, that once again has some dead spots throughout the warehouse, or if you’re working with explosives, or flammable liquids. These scenarios mean that while you may have to run offline at periods of time, our solution will continue to function as normal … regardless of the connectivity.
Training new staff becomes easier, as there are set protocols and systems that are managed by the mobile device, reducing errors and time intensive manual processes.
These are just seven key pain points that we deal with here at Cloud Coders for our clients. If you would like to learn more about our cloud WMS (warehouse management solution), contact us below. Moving forward, our sole focus will be on warehouse management solutions, and to offer complete end to end solution for these customers. Our continued development of the complete supply chain is another core element that works alongside the warehouse management solutions. Being able to deliver a solution that exists outside of the four walls of the warehouse, ensures here at Cloud Coders we can provide our clients a solution that exists across the complete supply chain. Our goal is to enhance productivity, and reduce inefficiencies across that clients complete supply chain.
If you’d like to learn more about Cloud Coders evolution into the future, the values that we have within the company and the value adds that we give to our clients, please get in contact with me. If you have any questions in relation to Cloud Coders, our company or our products, once again, please get in touch.