By helping distributors and manufacturers tackle their most complex pain points, cloud WMS provides new ways of improving efficiency, optimizing labor, enhancing productivity, mitigating risk, and reducing errors.
A series of interconnected processes focused on reducing the time it takes to get an order from the shelf to the loading dock, the “smart warehouse” is getting a lot of attention right now. Grappling with challenges like the trade wars, the massive uptick in e-commerce, the persistent labor shortage, and the need to cut costs, organizations need modern solutions that optimize their operations.
They’re not getting what they need from their existing systems. That’s because many of them still depend on old legacy “green screen” systems to run their operations. These platforms continue to do the bare minimum that they did 10 or 20 years ago, but they don’t help distributors leverage smart warehousing, nor do they propel manufacturers in the direction of Industry 4.0.
In an era where leaders are breaking through the barriers by applying automation, cloud software, and analytics to the problem, the rest are struggling to keep their heads above water.
Focused on lowering the amount of time, cost, and labor that it takes to get an order out the door within ever-shrinking time constraints, companies use warehouses not as just storage facilities filled with racks, but as strategic differentiators.
By connecting all points within the warehouse—and then aligning those points with the outside world—manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are overcoming key pain points that include (but aren’t limited to):
As a discipline, warehousing looks simple enough on the surface: identify a product, pick it, package it, and ship it out the door. In reality, these operations are extremely complex animals that require good orchestration and deserve high levels of attention.
Add the complexities of same-day and next-day delivery; the rapid uptick in e-commerce; the demands of omni-channel fulfillment; and the Amazon Effect to the mix, and it’s clear why a cloud WMS has become a must-have for any successful operation.
Along with solving the pain points outlined above, cloud WMS also helps the smart warehouse or Industry 4.0 operation by:
As more and more companies are impacted by the trade wars, labor shortages, geopolitical events, and other disruptive forces, the need for technology systems that can adapt quickly is growing exponentially. Add to this the complexities of e-commerce, omni-channel, and the labor shortage and the need for a full-featured WMS in the cloud becomes even clearer.
As the fourth industrial revolution continues to take shape, and as more companies invest in smart warehousing capabilities, demand for robust, cloud-based technology that meets the demands of the modern facility will also continue to grow.
Unable to flex quickly, on-premise legacy systems will no longer be the answer for most companies. Knowing this, more organizations will look to cloud-based systems that enable high levels of flexibility and adaptation— all while providing a full suite of services that today’s competitive business environment demands.