Warehouse Management Systems

Better Inventory Flow with Warehouse Management Systems; Part 3-Order Management

From order entry to fulfillment, Accellos One Warehouse works together with your ERP system to provide the end-to-end solution for the materials handling management and real-time inventory visibility throughout the enterprise.  Accellos One integrates with many popular ERP systems including the Microsoft Dynamics Suite of ERP Systems. The following highlights a high-level process flow, derived from a subset of available functionality within Accellos One Warehouse  focusing on Order Allocation.

Warehouse allocation is responsible for the logical reservation of product for sales orders. Allocation may be based on specific criteria such as FIFO, LIFO, FEFO, batch, pack-size, zone and warehouse.Above Warehouse Pic

As items are received into the warehouse, they are immediately available for order allocation, eliminating any time delay or sequencing issues between receipts, receipt confirmation and pick-list creation.

While orders may be allocated on a first come first serve basis, the warehouse manager will more likely want to assert control over the warehouse process by prioritizing which orders are selected for allocation using the Sales Order Grid.

After an order is allocated it will fall into one of several statuses, depending on the availability of inventory and where the inventory is located in the warehouse. A few common examples include:

Held Short– There is not enough stock to satisfy the order

Ready to Wave– There is enough stock and the order is ready for picking

Held for Replenishment– There is enough stock, but there is not enough units in pick locations to fill the order, a replenishment task needs to be completed before the order can be picked.

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Big Gains in Inventory Management Accuracy using Small Bar Codes

Have you ever given the bar code label much thought about it’s origin and what is can do? The barcode label is everywhere and it is no longer just a bunch of odd shaped vertical lines with numbers under them.  Today you can store a tremendous amount of information in a small rectangular shaped bar code.  Retailers have been scanning bar codes at check outs for years.  But how are they used in conjunction with a warehouse management system and more important why?  In the below concise post, we will focus on how this small wonder can give you big gains in inventory management using small bar codes.

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The bar code label is the key or backbone of the proper and efficient movement of inventory in the supply chain.  Along with Warehouse Management Systems, or WMS, the advanced technology can dramatically increase the overall accuracy of your inventory.  The second product hits your dock to be received you begin using the bar code on the product to receive it into inventory and track it throughout its life in your warehouse.  If you receive product that does not have a barcode you can print one for it based on the information you want to be imbedded in it.  Barcodes can hold quite a lot of info, item numbers and lot numbers to mention a couple.

Once we have scanned the bar code during the receiving process we then can put the product away, move it, replenish pick bins and pick it using the bar code on the item.  Inventory never gets lost.  You can always see what you have and where it is in the warehouse.  Bar coding keeps your inbound staff from making mistakes by not receiving the correct items and keeps your pick staff from making mistakes by not picking the correct items.  Your material handlers keep from making mistakes like moving the wrong items to the wrong location or replenishing the wrong pick bin. Bar codes make cycle counting the inventory a snap and this allows you to stop doing time consuming and expensive physical inventories.

This is all tied together by the warehouse management system which tracks all the work and movement in the warehouse of your products and people and delivers the correct real time pertinent information back to your ERP system.

WMS solutions like Accellos One Warehouse are all about cost savings.  These savings can be added directly back into the business. This is crucial in today’s business market.  The bar code, no matter how simple or complex it needs to be, is at the center of these savings.

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How Does Accellos Warehouse Management (WMS) Work With Your ERP?

Watch the video below to see how Accellos warehouse works with your ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics, Sage ERP, NetSuite, and others.

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ACCELLOSONE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (WMS)

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AccellosOne Warehouse consists of three editions designed to meet the demanding needs of customers from small to large.  The Collect Edition is aimed at the company looking to extend their paper processes to the wireless world.  Our Manage Edition is built for the organization that wants to start small, but has plans to expand their warehouse processes over time.  And, the Fulfill Edition is designed for the more sophisticated user that needs more control, automation and flexibility in their warehouse.

AccellosOne Warehouse integrates seamlessly with many popular accounting/order-entry packages, including Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, SAP and Infor ERP systems,  and shipping systems to provide the warehousing link in your total supply chain solution.  In addition, AccellosOne Warehouse integrates with the rest of the AccellosOne Supply Chain Suite, making sure all of your applications are getting the right information in real time.  Check out some of the white papers and case studies to see how AccellosOne Warehouse performs in the real world.  Each page has several options to connect with a knowledgeable consultant if you have questions.

ACCELLOSONE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (WMS)

ACCELLOSONE WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (WMS)

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AccellosOne Warehouse Management System acts as the hub of your supply chain solution, integrating accounting/order and shipping software systems, electronic data interchange (EDI) systems, Crystal Reports software, radio frequency and barcode hardware, and warehouse automation equipment. Combining radio frequency and barcode technology with a robust, three-tiered, Internet-based architecture, AccellosOne Warehouse delivers a powerful, scalable and flexible real-time warehouse management system that helps you boost productivity, reduce costs, shorten order fulfillment times, increase customer satisfaction and deliver a rapid return on investment (ROI).

AccellosOne WMS achieves this level of ROI through order accuracy, on time shipping, minimizing inventory carry costs, and decreasing labor costs.  Today’s warehouse managers are consistently finding that 2 to 5% improvement across various performance metrics can mean hundreds of thousands of dollars in bottom-line returns to the business.  Using AccellosOne Warehouse you are able to eliminate manual order checking by automating processes to improve your picking and receiving functions, allowing you to process more orders at a much higher level of accuracy.

AccellosOne Warehouse consists of three editions designed to meet the demanding needs of customers from small to large.  The Collect Edition is aimed at the company looking to extend their paper processes to the wireless world.  Our Manage Edition is built for the organization that wants to start small, but has plans to expand their warehouse processes over time.  And, the Fulfill Edition is designed for the more sophisticated user that needs more control, automation and flexibility in their warehouse.

AccellosOne Warehouse integrates seamlessly with many popular accounting/order-entry packages, including Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, SAP and Infor ERP systems,  and shipping systems to provide the warehousing link in your total supply chain solution.  In addition, AccellosOne Warehouse integrates with the rest of the AccellosOne Supply Chain Suite, making sure all of your applications are getting the right information in real time.  Check out some of the white papers and case studies to see how AccellosOne Warehouse performs in the real world.  Each page has several options to connect with a knowledgeable consultant if you have questions.

AccellosOne Warehouse Features and Benefits:

  • Minimize write-downs and write-offs
  • Integration platform between the warehouse and your ERP, order management, ecommerce or purchasing system(s)
  • Wireless Picking and Receiving
  • Order Management
  • Multi-Zone picking
  • Lots/Serial/Expiry management
  • Kitting
  • Container Receiving
  • License Plates
  • Carton Splitting
  • Putaway/Slotting
  • Multi-Location/Site Transfer
  • RMAs
  • Packaging Carousels/Conveyors
  • Multi-Company/3PL
  • Multi-Carrier Shipping Toolkit
  • RFID Toolkit

7 Cloud Warehouse Management Systems Benefits

AccellosOne Cloud Warehouse Management (WMS) delivers best‐of‐breed warehouse management capability in a software as a service (SaaS) model utilizing enterprise cloud technology.  Combining a full spectrum of Auto ID (ADC) technology with a deeply functional, Internet-based architecture, AccellosOne Cloud WMS delivers a powerful, scalable and flexible real-time warehouse management system.  You can be confident that your customer’s orders are perfect, and that you are driving down your fulfillment costs everyday with Accellos.

Many companies these days are selecting Cloud Supply Chain Management Solutions, including Warehouse cloud WMSManagement Systems, to gain better control over their inventory in an increasing complex distribution environment.  Cloud technology is a powerful, cost-effective tool that is readily available to help you face your distribution challenges head on.

If you are considering a Cloud WMS Solution, such as AccellosOne WMS, here are some Key Benefits of Cloud WMS Systems:

  1. Lower Total Cost of Ownership
  2. Upgrades are Included in the Monthly Subscription
  3. Infrastructure Investments are Included in the Monthly Subscription
  4. Lower Up Front Licensing Cost
  5. Gain a Competitive Advantage with a Full Featured WMS
  6. Quicker Return On Investment (ROI)
  7. Customized “Real Time” Dashboards Analytics

Warehouse Management Systems, either On Premise or Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) “Cloud” can dramatically improve operations in the supply chain such as reducing risk through flexible picking methods, improving efficiency with directed picking, decreasing charge-backs and penalties from increased accuracy, and optimizing labor management from advanced warehouse tracking technology.

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Better Inventory Flow with Warehouse Management Systems; Part 2-Order Management

From order entry to fulfillment, Accellos One Warehouse works together with your ERP system to provide the end-to-end solution for the materials handling management and real-time inventory visibility throughout the enterprise.  Accellos One integrates with many popular ERP systems including the Microsoft Dynamics Suite of ERP Systems. The following highlights a high-level process flow, derived from a subset of available functionality within Accellos One Warehouse  focusing on Order Management.

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Sales orders placed by phone, fax or email are typically entered into your ERP system manually using the Sales Order Entry function. Orders may also be placed using a B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce web-site, remote sales through mobile devices or by EDI.

As a result of sales orders being entered into your ERP system, the warehouse management software is immediately updated.

Accellos One Warehouse is now responsible for orchestrating the order management activities. This is the prioritization of stock allocation and the assignment of work in the warehouse. The effectiveness of these tasks is critical to the efficiency of the warehouse and the service level that it provides.

Order management with Warehousing Software, is a dynamic process that requires the flexibility to accommodate many different warehousing styles. Some sales orders need to be immediately released for today’s pick run. Some may be held for a future date with or without stock reservations. Orders may be prioritized by backorder status, preferred customer status, fill rate, pick-up time, and truck route or by date. There are countless criteria by which orders are prioritized, allocated and released for picking.

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Better Inventory Flow with Warehouse Management Systems; Part 1-Receiving

From order entry to fulfillment, Accellos One Warehouse works together with your ERP system to provide the end-to-end solution for the materials handling management and real-time inventory visibility throughout the enterprise.  Accellos One integrates with many popular ERP systems including the Microsoft Dynamics Suite of ERP Systems.

This document highlights a high-level process flow, derived from a subset of available functionality within Accellos One Warehouse:

• Advanced multi-warehouse, multi-zone and multi-bin managementScanner-001Box3

• Automated goods-receipt processing

• Order management including advanced allocation and pick document distribution

• Pick bin replenishment

• Advanced pick and pack strategies for optimal warehouse performance

• Shipping

Once a purchase order has been entered into your ERP system, it is seamlessly transferred to the WWMS (Warehouse Management Software) where receivers await shipment.  They are armed with wireless mobile computers that have integrated bar code scanners.

After an inbound shipment arrives at the warehouse, the receiving team will typically unload the truck and grab the paperwork to identify which purchase orders are being received.

The first job of the WMS software is to receive items accurately into the warehouse and then reconcile the shipment against the original purchase orders entered into your ERP system.

Rather than using pen and paper to reconcile physical receipts, the receiver will bring up the purchase orders on a handheld computer. Once this is done, the receiver only needs to start identifying the product that is being unloaded (in no particular sequence).

With Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems, the receiver counts down against items being received right off of the container. It validates items against multiple purchase orders in the background, and then seamlessly updates your ERP system. No more paperwork!

Because a receipt is recorded as soon as items are entered into the handheld, stock may be immediately put away to a bin location.

Bin location assignment following receipt may be automatic; stock can be transferred to a temporary receiving location if receipts are to be staged prior to put-away.

Most of the time, stock will be put-away following goods receipt.  If there are backorders waiting for product (standard or non-stock) or there is a “low stock alert,” stock may be put away directly to pick locations. Otherwise, stock handlers will move pallets into bulk locations (typically up in the pallet racks or on floor stacks).

Whether you receive floor loaded containers from overseas or small shipments by common courier, Accellos One Warehouse has tools to enable accurate, efficient receiving:

• Receive multiple orders simultaneously in no sequence, without paperwork

• Scan product bar code or use quick lookup functions to identify products as they are being received

• Print carton or pallet-ID labels as product is being received

• Receive multiple pack-sizes on the fly.

• Cross-dock non-stock items to forward pick locations

• Immediately put product away without staging

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How Goods Move through a Warehouse Correctly 

Making Room In Your Warehouse

Space management is a big deal!  Your warehouse (or vault as I like to refer to it) has only so many square feet.  You need to utilize the space to its fullest potential.  In part 5 of my series of blogs on the 4 simple ways to pay for a warehouse management system I will discuss how a WMS (warehouse management system) can help you use your space and save you money.large warehouse

A WMS should improve space usage through improved inventory placement and tracking.  Because the WMS gives you a full view of your warehouse and where your items are, which ones are moving and which ones aren’t you can manipulate your stock with ease.  Putting the fast items in locations that are readily available for picking and replenishment.  You will have full visibility of where empty slots or bins are in order to put products away.  You can mix pallets and use pallet license plates to identify with one scan what is stored on the pallet in the slot it is assigned to.  This can be a big space saving technique.  Here are some other areas where savings can be derived

  • Eliminate existing overflow space  (this is usually a second location used solely to store items that won’t fit in your main location)
  • Reduced transport costs with elimination of overflow space
  • Avoid or greatly delay new construction of additional space or move to bigger space

When you can use the space you have more efficiently this allows you to reduce the space used for existing inventory.  Because a WMS allows you to reduce your on hand inventory levels this saves you money in carrying costs and purchases.

We had one customer put off the need to build on to their distribution center by nearly 4 years.  And when they did it was in order to do more fulfillment work which had a very positive impact on their profits.  Warehouse space is expensive so use what you have in the best possible way.  A WMS will certainly help you do this.

It a Matter of Time

Over the last 5 posts I have reviewed the 4 simple ways a WMS can be paid for.  The time for achieving a return on investment (ROI) of an investment in a warehouse management solution should be very short.  Many companies find that the system can pay for itself in as little as 6 to nine months.  A good average to plan on is 12 to 18 months.  Once you have reached the break even point all the found money flows directly to your bottom line and it can be thousands of dollars each month.  What could you do to grow your business with an extra 5 or 10 or 20,000 dollars each and every month.

Wouldn’t You Like to Know

As you can see a warehouse management solution reduces labor costs, improves space utilization and reduces inventory cost.  The big question to ask yourself is “By how much”.  Each business is different, you should investigate how a WMS would fit into you business.  We recommend that you work with a company with a great deal of experience in how a WMS works and how a warehouse operations functions.  We suggest engaging with a organization that will collect, compile and total all the information and provide you with a sound useful and believable ROI.  Once you have done this the decision to purchase and implement a WMS should be very clear.

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Improve Shipping Accuracy! (Part 4 of Four Simple Ways to Pay For a WMS)

Shipping accuracy to some companies is an oxymoron and to others a solid part of their business.  So what causes some to struggle and others to excel?  The accuracy of their pick and verification process.  Lets look a little closer.

I was talking with a prospect recently who shared with me that they shipped an average of 600 orders per day and 800 boxes.  He was very proud to tell me that they were 98.6% accurate on their shipping.  Now 98.6% sounds pretty good (especially in a busy disorganized paper driven warehouse) when you think of the fact that they ship 600 orders per day right.  I pointed out to him that means that about 8 orders go out wrong every day.  Industry statistics show it costs $200.00  to fix each mis-shipped order.  So if you do the math that’s $1600.00 per day for this prospect to cover the cost of their mistakes.  If you look at that over the course of one year the total is $83,200.  That’s a Problem.

 

A WMS will virtually eliminate the potential for making these mistakes.  By providing an accurate way to pick orders by scanning the barcodes and verifying the product  being picked is correct you gain tremendous accuracy.  By using a WMS to consolidate orders you can send fewer boxes and save shipping costs. By creating efficient pick paths and picking processes accuracy is increased dramatically.  Many companies find they can eliminate costly, time stealing check processes once a WMS has been implementing without increasing mistakes.  If the shipping process is integrated into the WMS shipping accuracy is improved and much more efficient.

Eliminating mistakes that go out the door to your customers will offset a large portion of the initial investment in a warehouse Management system like Accellos One Warehouse.  To learn more about how A1W can help a business be more profitable check out our dedicated website http://www.warehouse-management-systems-us.com/wp-admin/post-new.php.