When you hire a warehouse management company, you must be sure that you are making the right decision. You cannot keep changing from one warehouse management system to another, you cannot keep toggling or switching companies and you certainly wouldn’t want an unstable, unreliable and unpredictable foundation in place. To make the right choice, focus on these quintessential elements of warehouse management.
- Look for functionality. The basic needs of warehouse management are very simple. They can be challenging given the needs of a company or nature of a business but the purpose is not that complicated. Beyond the basic purpose, there is the element of how warehouse management systems can benefit your business. Some systems will simplify the whole process, some systems will save you money, some will help with other departments of your business and some will do all of these and more. Try to derive as much functionality as possible from a warehouse management system.
- Always look for a system or process that is easy to use. You don’t want complications for no reason. There will be some surprises along the way. If the system is easy and adaptable then you can cope with the surprises in a much more prepared manner. How much time do you have to spend on the system, how complicated is it for any trainee or new employee to get accustomed with and if the various tools or interfaces are convenient enough to access and use.
- Look for complete transaction management when you choose a warehouse management system. You would want details tracking the receipts, putting away of the goods received, order picking, shipping, inventory audits or cycle counting and any kind of movement of any item to be duly recorded. The more detailed and proactive the tracking, the better it is.
- Always look for flexibility. Adaptability stems from flexibility. Also, flexibility paves the way for scalability. If a warehouse management system is not flexible, then you would be stuck with processes that would be too rigid to change even when you desperately need some alterations to be made. Now, it is likely that you would pay more with flexible warehouse management infrastructure but that additional expense is worthwhile given the larger picture.
- Do not use any warehouse management system that complicated the operations with complex metrics. You must be able to access data that is simple to compile and understand. The data must be useful and should be presented in a way that is not just coherent but also conveying the facts in a simplified manner.