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Better Inventory Flow with Warehouse Management Systems; Part 5 Picking

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 Picking:

The Accellos One Warehouse picking process needs to remain flexible to accommodate widely differing environments.  No two warehouse operations are exactly the same.  Warehouses come in different shapes and sizes. Some are “wide open” in a square shaped space.  Others are contained in buildings on multiple floorsworker holds package in warehouse of forwarding, utilizing elevators to transport materials.  Warehouses will have varying ceiling heights. Some might have yard space.

Materials handling will differ by product shape and size. As a result, the warehouse racking infrastructure will vary by product size.  Many warehouses keep large products in bulk stacks or pallet racks.  While with small products, picking efficiency may be increased by storing smaller products in flow racking or static shelving.

Product velocity and order types also affect warehouse layout and consequently the picking strategies.  Companies that ship single-sku pallets of product to customers will have significantly different warehouse operations than ones that ship trailer loads of mixed-sku pallets (grocery is a good example of this).

Even subtle differences in customer requirements for consumer products wholesalers will have substantial effects on the materials handling and picking. Operations that ship to retail distribution centers will have different fulfillment requirements than those that ship directly to stores.

Accellos One Warehouse has an abundance of picking styles that will accommodate a warehouse manager’s fulfillment strategy independent of warehouse layout, product size, velocity and order characteristics.

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4 Simple Ways to Pay for a WMS

Implementing a warehouse management system is one of the biggest “bang for the buck” things a business engaged in the distribution of products can do for their business.  The profits that can be re-captured when a business becomes more efficient and productive can be staggering.  Like wise when a business is not operating at top efficiency, is making to many shipping mistakes and is having problems with inventory accuracy and control it is most likely leaking profits.  Sadly this can happen without knowing it.  If you think all is well because products manage to get out the door in the warehouse it may be time to take a hard look at the warehouse operations.

Many times when talk with a business, they seem to understand the value in a WMS but can’t seem to see how to make the investment needed to pull the trigger and implement a solution.  Here are four areas where a WMS makes a serious impact and can quickly create the return that will pay for a WMS

1. Reduced Stock (Inventory)

2. Reduced or reallocated labor

3. Improved shipping accuracy

4. Reduced space requirements

In the next series of posts we will dig into each of these areas and explore where the money can be found to pay for a WMS solution. For information on our WMS solutions click here.  For more information on iCepts Technology Group and our other technology offerings click here.  

 

4 Simple Ways

Implementing a warehouse management system is one of the biggest “bang for your buck” things a warehousing or distribution company can do for the business. Although I only list four in the post there are many other ways a WMS can pay for itself.  These four are simple ideas, however many operations choose to continue running their warehouses with pen and paper even though their most successful competitors have made the investment done the work and are now reaping the rewards.

1. REDUCE STOCK.  This may seem pretty obvious but many companies carry to much inventory in order to meet customer demand.  This is caused by not knowing how much really is in the warehouse or where it is.  Nor do they have an accurate idea of how fast they are turning over their products.  With real-time data collection inventory accuracy will improve dramatically.  This leads to improved item location, quantity etc. etc.

2.  REDUCE OR RELOCATE LABOR. Overhead is costly.  A WMS will help you see what work is being done, how fast and accurately it is happening and who are your stars.  So much more will get done when you throw away the paper and pencil and use real time information to receive put-away replenish pick and ship your products.

3.  IMPROVE SHIPPING ACCURACY.  It is not uncommon to see a company using paper and pencil technology to have a high error rates on the orders they ship out.  Even a company that boats 98% accuracy is paying a lot for that 2% error rate.  Not just in the hard dollars it costs to fix the problem but also and potentially more hurtful in customer dissatisfaction.  A warehouse management system is design to eliminate costly shipping errors and help you improve customer satisfaction and even obtain new customers..

4.  SPACE UTILIZATION.  A WMS will allow you to use the warehouse space you have more efficiently by helping you store your product better.  Because you can see where all your product is and you can better decide how to use your racks and floor space.  Wasted space and empty racks are used properly keeping you from having to add-on which saves thousands of dollars.

The time for achieving a return on investment (ROI) in a warehouse management system should be relatively short.  Many companies find that the system can pay for itself in 6 to 9 months however 12 to 18 is a good rule of thumb.

So consider putting done the paper and pencil for a minute and find a company that will work with you to analyze your particular situation and see if it makes sense for your company to consider a warehouse management solution.

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Top 10 “Must Have” Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Features-Picking

1. Picking:  The Picking functionality in warehouse management systems is a core functionality designed to move the paper picking process to a wireless device.  Warehouses come in different shapes and sizes. Some are “wide open” in a square shaped space. Others are contained in buildings on multiple floors, utilizing elevators to transport materials. Warehouses will have varying ceiling heights. Some might have yard space.Materials handling will differ by product shape and size.

As a result, the warehouse racking infrastructure will vary by product size. Many warehouses keep large products in bulk stacks or pallet racks. While with small products, picking efficiency may be increased by storing smaller products in flow racking or static shelving.

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Product velocity and order types also affect warehouse layout and consequently the picking strategies.  Companies that ship single-sku pallets of product to customers will have significantly different warehouse operations than ones that ship trailer loads of mixed-sku pallets (grocery is a good example of this).

Even subtle differences in customer requirements for consumer products wholesalers will have substantial effects on the materials handling and picking. Operations that ship to retail distribution centers will have different fulfillment requirements than those that ship directly to stores.

Accellos One Warehouse, an example of a “best-in-breed” Warehouse Management System, has an abundance of picking styles that will accommodate a warehouse manager’s fulfillment strategy independent of warehouse layout, product size,velocity and order characteristics.

Some of the many picking styles are listed below:

  • Wave Picking
  • Batch Picking
  • Product Picking
  • One Scan Picking
  • Scanner Picking

In addition to picking styles, there are numerous benefits for having warehouse picking systems including:

  • Multiple pickers can pick in a single sales order
  • Single picker can pick on multiple sales orders
  • Password protection for skipping and shorting picks
  • Configurable worklow prompts for bin, packsize, and carton
  • Ability to generate a packing slip after last pick
  • Ability to assign orders to s specific user
  • Ability to reapack item
  • End of Line (EOL) workflow controls what additional processes happen to sales orders after they are fully picked
  • And more, including additional advanced picking functionality

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Posted by iCepts Technology GroupA Pennsylvania Partner for Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems