Warehouse automation is a key driver for cutting costs and improving profitability. If you haven’t automated your warehouse, now is the time to consider doing so. If you have implemented automation and a warehouse management system, you can find even greater advantages by bringing mobility to your warehouse.
A fully automated warehouse can eliminate errors in inventory handling and provide you with accurate, real-time data that can make spotting errors faster and easier. Warehouse management systems (WMS) can provide you with other information such as scheduling, packaging, tracking, and more to help you run this aspect of your business more effectively. And, using an integrated WMS with your ERP, you can implement streamlined business processes and make decisions that can increase revenue.
Mobile solutions have become popular in warehouses for companies of every size. Using handheld scanners, smart phones, or barcode printers allows your warehouse managers and employees to get away from a desk and do the work on the warehouse floor. This drives even more productivity in your warehouse operations.
Warehouse Management and Automation Offer Key Benefits
There are many reasons why your company can benefit from mobile warehouse automation. These three offer some of the most common reasons why companies implement these systems.
#1: Reliable Inventory and Shipping Data
It’s hard to improve on systems when you can’t pinpoint the gaps. Warehouse management systems can improve your access to inventory and shipping data so that you can spot problem areas and develop solutions. If there’s a bottleneck, you can find it. If there’s a delay, you can investigate it. With a good WMS in place, this information becomes much easier to obtain and you can act more quickly on it.
#2: Improved Customer Satisfaction
Customers don’t want to hear “I don’t know” when they ask when their shipments will arrive. When you have a mobile warehouse management system in place, you can answer confidently when they ask where their shipments are in the process. You can track shipments and packages, provide more accurate arrival dates, and help your customers manage their inventory, too. It’s improved communications that leads to better service and increased customer satisfaction.
#3: Greater Competitive Advantage
Companies with better warehouse management offer customers something extra in their service package. That competitive advantage should not be underestimated. Sometimes it’s one of only a handful of things that set you apart from your competitors. Whatever you can offer to win business, you should. With warehouse automation solutions, you can remain highly competitive and offer your customer better shipping and delivery information. It may seem like a small thing compared to other factors, but it could be the deciding factor with an important customer.
Integrated WMS and Enterprise Resource Planning Boosts Profitability
Warehouse automation and management solutions offer manufacturers and distributors an unparalleled package of capabilities. These include warehouse management, automated data collection, business intelligence, scheduling, package delivery information, and more.
When each of these components feeds into your enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, you can glean deeper insights into the performance of your entire warehouse and shipping operation. Boost productivity, shorten order times, and reduce costs.
The consultants at PositiveVision have years of experience helping manufacturers and distributors automate and manage their operations. We provide mobile warehouse management solutions that are integrated with your ERP. This integrated solution will help you provide customers with accurate inventory levels, increase ship time, and decrease errors. With seamless integration to Sage 300 or SYSPRO ERP systems, your entire company benefits from accounting to sales to operations.
Learn more about how mobile enterprise resource planning systems can make an impact on your warehousing and distribution business by downloading our whitepaper, Supporting Workplace Mobility with ERP.
Contact us for a free consultation. We would love to review your business and offer solutions that meet your specific needs.