WMS Implementation

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ISC can help you with many aspects of WMS implementaion from initail system justification though supplier and system selection, project management and, finally, system implementation.


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Less than half of all warehouse management systems yield the performance & practice improvements promised during the justification phase. A major reason is that in many cases, the implementation process is flawed. One flawed approach is the “big bang” implementation in which an operation tries to leap in one step from a highly manual operation to a fully automated & integrated solution. There are several major problems with this approach.

    Bullet It takes so long that many of the problems the systems was originally designed to address may well have disappeared when it’s time to implement.

    Bullet Many of the people involved in the selection & justification process will not be around to be involved in the implementation.

    Bullet Many of the benefits required to pay for the system occur after most of the investment has been made. Also many of the benefits used to justify the system might be available for a much lower investment & in much less time than the “big bang” approach.

We like to fully understand any business, how it works & its people before we make any recommendations as we believe that each business is different & that difference is very often the reason they have grown successfully.

Our experts have a proven track record in design, choice & implementation of various Warehouse Management Solutions and we like to work with our clients to provide answers to these common questions:

    Bullet Which WMS application is best-suited for our company, size of our business, our industry, preferred computing platform and budget ?

    Bullet Should our business deploy the WMS module provided within our ERP system or should we consider a best of breed WMS ?

    Bullet What is the financial business justification for investing in a WMS application ?

    Bullet  What financial benefits or competitive advantage can our business realistically expect to achieve from the implementation of a new WMS application ?

    Bullet What are the required features and functions our business should expect from a new WMS application ?

    Bullet Is it possible to avoid costly replacement or custom enhancements to a WMS application by changing how we operate in the warehouse ?

    Bullet What are the main differences between the commercial WMS applications available ?

    Bullet Which vendors should our business consider evaluating based on our specific requirements ?

    Bullet Which vendors should our business consider evaluating based on our specific requirements ?

ISC can help you with all of those questions by:

    Bullet Developing a WMS requirements definition

    Bullet Organising structured software demonstrations

    Bullet Solution & supplier evaluation and selection.

    Bullet Developing the project plan, internal and external resource requirements for implementation.

    Bullet Project management.

WMS in a Nutshell

Warehouse Management Systems,
what are they ?

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) can be thought of as the 'command centre' of a warehouse that links together different systems such as computerised vehicle routing and scheduling packages and integrated supply chain systems. WMS monitor incoming goods, customer orders and stock levels. They incorporate mobile transaction recording devices (either hand-held or mounted on mechanical handling equipment) to record picking and packing activities.

The Benefits

    Bullet Automated stock replenishment

    Bullet Reduced labour costs

    Bullet Increased throughput and storage capacity

    Bullet Reduced inventory levels

    Bullet More responsive customer service

    Bullet Reduced paperwork

How much does a WMS cost ?

The cost depends on the number of modules required, the level of modification and the number of interfaces with other systems or the Internet. Systems typically cost between £30,000 (basic pallet warehouse system) and £1,000,000+ (fully automated warehouse system).

Issues to consider

    Bullet There are inherent risks in relying solely on a WMS. If the system fails or develops a bug, then warehouse operations can be severely affected

    Bullet Adequate support services are required (possibly round the clock)

    Bullet Flexibility is needed to allow for upgrades in the future

    Bullet Systems should be compatible with other IT systems within the operation