Less than 30 percent of warehouses are efficient, according to “Benchmarking Warehouse Performance,” a study by Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta GA Efficiency translates directly into money. You may have been wondering if a WMS system could make your warehouse more efficient. Interestingly, about 30 percent of the warehouses in the United States have a WMS system installed. What are the numbers telling us? Only 30 percent of warehouses are efficient, and less than 30 percent of warehouses have a WMS system installed. Which 30% does your company fall into? If you are in the under 30% group that does use a WMS good for you. Most likely you are many times over more efficient than those not using a WMS to manage their warehouse operations.
Those numbers are telling me we can fix the inefficiencies or “lost revenues” taking place in over 70 percent of warehouses. These leaks involve serious money being lost and customers being poorly serviced. My point is this: There’s a lot of information out there on how to make your warehouse more efficient, but what you needs to realized is, “It’s not what you know that counts, it’s what you do with what you know.” Many companies already know their warehouse is inefficient, but are reluctant to make the move to improve due to what they perceive as a high cost to purchase and install a WMS. I would suggest they should take a very close look at the ROI that a good WMS can achieve. It might surprise many to find out that the initial investment can be recouped in a very short amount of time. If you own or manage a business that operates a warehouse which 30% do you want to be in??
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