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WMS software provides solutions for companies looking to streamline operations, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

 WMS uses tools such as mobile devices, barcoding, and RFID scanning/sensing to deliver accurate and complete real-time information.  Applications may be cloud-based, often on a subscription model, or be offered as an on-premise solution.

Running warehouse, logistics and operations efficiently without some type of warehouse management system (WMS) is time-consuming, error-prone, and unlikely to satisfy business objectives. The right WMS solution will reduce operating expenses, provide clear visibility into the storage and movement of goods, increase security and strengthen relationships with suppliers and customers.

What can a WMS do?

Warehouse Management solutions typically provide similar core functionality including:  

  • Receipt & put-away of goods into the warehouse.
  • Management and prioritisation of replenishments and the movement of goods within the warehouse.
  • Waving, allocation and the efficient picking of orders (by various picking strategies).
  • Packing, dispatching and shipping orders.
  • Inventory management throughout all processes, ensuring stock quantities and locations are tracked.

 

Despite the core functionality being similar, WMS products vary dramatically in their total functional breadth, scope, ease of implementation, their extended capabilities, flexibility and the ability of the solution to match a particular industry or operation.

WMS Consultancy

Our team of warehouse consultants includes experts in warehouse management system (WMS) specification, selection, and implementation.

All WMS products have their own market areas where they work best (even the market leaders). A “Bad WMS” is often the application of the wrong WMS to the wrong situation, or a poor implementation, rather than a fundamental failing of the WMS itself.

Success of a WMS implementation at one facility does not mean that it will be successful at a different facility. An understanding of your strategy regarding route to market, logistics strategy and likely level of automation is required, along with an appreciation of the company’s wider systems environment and IT policies.  You may select a WMS module from your ERP vendor, a standalone WMS, or a product with automation focus.  Once again it is a question of determining what is best for your situation.

An initial requirements gathering process involving operational, project and IT stakeholders and putting together ‘user-stories’ will feed into a structured tender process, working with an appropriate vendor list to arrive at a decision based on a balanced scorecard of criteria.

Our WMS consultants can help with:

  • Maturity analysis & initial business case for change
  •  WMS strategy (or surrounding strategic elements)
  •  Process mapping & requirements gathering
  •  Significant experience running WMS tenders
  •  Assistance with commercial & contractual negotiations
  •  Implementation assistance

Understanding what you require for your WMS project is very important as you will need to find the right WMS company that can solve your warehouse issues. When looking at a WMS project, there should be a couple of questions that would need to be responded and that’s why SCCG comes in handy with a WMS selection White Paper that can help you to understand what to look at when choosing a Warehouse Management System software and how a consultancy company should help you with this.

Access this White Paper on Warehouse Management System (WMS) Whitepaper | SCCG Ltd 

If your business needs assistance with implementing Warehouse Management Systems, please get in touch at 01926430883 or fill out our contact form.

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FAQs

Building transport, inventory and location strategies around your customer service goals. Developing a logistics infrastructure that meets your business goals.

Our knowledgeable Supply Chain Consultants have built Cost-to-Serve models to allow companies to unlock hidden profit potential by understanding the costs involved in serving specific customers and products. Understanding each clients’ individual priorities and the specific complexities of each business; The SCCG team carefully utilise specific models, in order to custom-build solutions for each client.

Synonymous with Supply Chain is Inventory Optimisation, for which our Supply Chain Consultants use ‘Inventory Modelling’ to establish the correct level of stock for any given situation – balancing the need to maintain a high-level of customer service with the desire to minimise working capital.

As part of the Global Supply Chain – Import, Export and Logistics – is the part of the supply chain processes that plans, implements, and controls the efficient, effective forward and reverse flow and storage of goods, services, and related information between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customs and customer requirements.

Inventory modelling can be used to define the correct stocking policy for a large range of SKUs – for example, which SKUs should be stocked in local branches, and which should be held in one national centre.

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