Distribution centers, having a heavy and poignant role in customer on-time delivery and satisfaction, need the best systems and software to process materials' high throughput requirements.
Communications problems between people, technology systems (software and hardware) affecting vendors, manufacturers, buyers, and customers center around a lack of synchronization. When materials for a product mix; ranging from finished goods to raw components, lot expiry and conformance, can be tied to demand and supply chain leveling.
Calling out some of the most important elements:
- Continuous flow of materials
- Status chages; early or late
- Demand and supply balancing
- Warehouse capacity planning
- Dock-to-stock timing
- Freight scheduling; in and out of facilities
- Warnings and triggered notification
Sources: Honeywell/YouGov study; Peerless Sensors Survey; Modern Materials Handling presentation, “Automation Boom”; Fox Racing case study; Camp Pendleton case study; Mission Foods case study; Plant Access case study; Supply Chain Digest Magazine: A User's Perspective on Distribution Technology Alternatives; The ABCs of DCs, Global Supply Chain Institute
When considering WMS software, connecting materials, technology, and people to save cost, it makes sense to implement an WMS system. Well organized workforces make cost savings easier while closing the gap on material management outages and planning cycles.