What is the recipe for success to implementing a WMS? Proteus Software explains the importance of having the best WMS ingredients and the recipe that will help you stream line and grow your business in partnership.
Warehouses and distribution centres are at the core of the logistics industry to provide control, efficiency and rapidity of goods moving through your network. A successful warehouse will plan, implement and control the efficient flow for the storage and distribution of goods, which will be enhanced by using a WMS.
In today’s ever changing, challenging and demanding environment it is difficult to improve on the core competencies of a warehouse operation without having flexibility .You will not be able to meet the demands of your customers, or have the ability to proactively exceed and improve customer expectations. Service will be reduced and will not fit your business model needs. This is where a Best of Breed WMS can give you the opportunity to provide value added capabilities to your business and colleagues, to differentiate yourselves from your competitors and make yourselves more indispensable to your customers by providing the service they expect.
SO What is a Recipe?
Recipes are a set of instructions that can be simplified into five components. Firstly what is the purpose of completing a recipe, what will be the result or effect that you intend or desire to have? Secondly the description of the process or technique required to complete the recipe to its conclusion with the desired results. Thirdly the expected results and probable outcome of the recipe should aim towards meeting your business needs. Fourthly the expected time by identifying the achievable interval of time separating the start of the recipe to the completion of the recipe; allowing you to plan resource and budget for the time involved. And finally, the fifth component being the capabilities that are needed to successfully bring the recipe to conclusion, yielding the desired result.
What Ingredients will you need?
You can complete a WMS recipe and still not attain the desired results, due to the quality of the ingredients used. But the highest and freshest quality ingredients will be constrained by the allocated budget set by the business.
The key to any recipe is the ability to blend ingredients that complement each other to produce the final result, and setting the right level of investment suited to your business, and senior management sponsorship.
As a business you will need to ask yourself “Why Implement a WMS?”
WMSs are implemented for various reasons, but the prime reason still remains financial. Companies can no longer afford to have a culture of a “wait and see” due to the initial costs of implementing a WMS, but should rather look at the financial benefits the WMS will earn. For the financial rewards to be reaped a WMS must be able to provide better, faster, more accurate data in order to reduce inventories, optimising the use of warehouse space and maximising the effi-ciency of your warehouse operation.
This will save money and increase your service levels and in turn giving the business the ability to earn more revenue and grow its business.
The Recipe for a Successful Implementation of a WMS
• Take one WMS
• Add an Application Consultant/Technical Consultant
• Add a Customer Project Champion
• Add Internal IT Capacity
• Blend Together with Senior Management Support
• Set Realistic Time Scales
• Check progress regularly
• When cooked take a nibble – test the system
• Do not eat before all the processes have been completed
Consume - Go live!
Digest the results
• Increased throughput
• Rises in accuracy levels
• Increased capacity
• Cyclical Automatic Stock takes
• Automatic Reporting
• Less staff to handle same or increased through put
• ROI achieved within 12-18 months
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