'Integrated warehouse solutions vital': expert

SMEs can benefit from careful evaluation of warehouse processes to identify actual unit costs.
Automated product tracking, stock visibility and traceability should now be thought of as standard, says a CargoWise executive.
Automated product tracking, stock visibility and traceability should now be thought of as standard, says a CargoWise executive.

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While it can be hard for smaller warehousing outfits to find the right IT solution, a software solution that is tailored specifically to your firm’s business will allow you to offer improved storage capacity and reduce overheads. That’s the opinion of Andrea Robinson, business development manager UK for integrated supply chain management solutions provider CargoWise.

The key, according to Robinson, is to select a warehouse management system (WMS) software programme that is designed to integrate with existing internal operating systems, rather than standalone operations. A significant outcome of such a move is a reduction in errors, as well as labour cost, and a maximising of floor space.

In addition, the addition of electronic data interchange and RF technology can cut down on data entry effort, allowing online receipts, movements, locations and dispatches to be sent immediately to the back office WMS, Robinson continued.

"While companies can utilise software technology to streamline their warehousing process, they can also better meet customer demands and improve customer service by establishing and meeting key performance indicators (KPIs) that will ensure the warehousing business sustains the current economic climate for both parties," commented Robinson.

"Product tracking, stock visibility and traceability, along with automated data collection throughout the warehouse system should be standard features accessible to customers," Robinson added. 
 

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