warehouse management system (WMS)

Leaving Your Comfort Zone / WMS

Can ORG help you leave your comfort zone?

A warehouse management system (WMS) is a software application, designed to support and optimize warehouse functionality and distribution center management. Wikipedia

In Nicole Garman’s post yesterday via ThomasNet, she states, “…warehouse managers are facing new challenges to keep up with heightened demand. Today’s successful operations will need to leverage hardware, software processes, talent, and technology to rise to the top.”

In fact, North America is one of the leading demanding markets for warehouse management systems. With Amazon planning on 2.5 million square feet warehouses, four stories tall, in North American locations – WMS is getting a lot of attention. And rightly so. As Garman goes on to say, “warehouse management systems (WMS)… are specifically designed to aid in inventory control, guide product picking, and assist employees in their day-to-day duties.”

However, she also mentions that “35% of warehouses were not using WMS as of this year. In fact, some were still operating in Microsoft Excel, or even making use of manual systems.”

We know that implementing new systems is challenging. Many might question the validity of inviting difficulties into one’s work; with good reason.

However, our experience shows that in the long run, new and updated business systems will save you headache and stress. And with our decades of combined experience, we can help you and your team make choices that fit your unique needs and grow appropriately with your business.

As a matter of fact, we are happy to announce that we did just that this week. Westside Equipment, a large manufacturer of tomato harvesters, teamed with ORG to implement a warehouse management system that will help them gain better inventory control and increase their productivity on the shop floor.

I recommend reading Garman’s complete article. It is a quick read and an excellent introduction to WMS – the good, the bad, and the ugly. And of course, we’re here if you have any questions and want to start exploring what a new or upgraded WMS will do for you. (read complete article)

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