Harmonize to Globalize
Per many researches conducted pan globe, companies worldwide, are realizing the benefits of rolling out standardized WMS processes across their national and global warehouses. Popularly referred to as WMS unification, this initiative is typically triggered from a need to streamline processes by extending best practices from the industry or within the organization to all the storage locations. This delves into the outline, benefits and implementation perspectives to design the "Right" WMS instance strategy for organizations having geographically distributed warehouses on the road to a WMS unification exercise. Hence the choice of an appropriate WMS for an organization will act as a positive catalyst and enabler.
A typical day in life of warehouse includes processes like Inbound Logistics, Inventory Control/Movement processes and Outbound logistics. We have moved beyond ages where organizations used to maintain islands of information to meet business needs. Rolling out standardized warehouse processes using unified WMS can help achieve economies of scale. We can use single WMS ecosystem to standardize the business processes that use RF devices talking to the legacy database. As they say there are many ways to perform an operation and there is a SMART way of performing the same operation. These are "Simple Methods to Achieve Rapid Throughput".
The SMART Way Jig Saw brings together the building blocks of Strategy, Process, Organizational Change and IT Infrastructure. When all these blocks are married to each other we get a cohesion called a single WMS Ecosystem. An effective WMS Strategy leads to:
• Better Requirement Management
• Better Instance Management and
• Reduced TCO
More often than not an effective WMS unification exercise supports standardization, deployment of best business practices and provides end-to-end integration between business functions to enable faster go to market strategy. It gives an opportunity to standardize WMS processes and systems, reduce TCO and manage skills set- optimizes warehouse resources by advanced task management functionality. It also reduces integration points between enabling systems, guarantees consistent and continuous evolution to support business evolution and also enables shared services to allow organizations to predict, plan and respond to changes in business environment.
Therefore if organizations want to Grow Big While Staying Small- they need to adopt the SMART Way.