Warehouse Management WMS

Address your biggest challenges.

ask yourself:

Is your warehouse management system (WMS) the solid backbone of a connected, competitive supply chain, for today and tomorrow?

In supply chain management, there’s one thing you can always count on – things are always changing. Your challenges rarely get simpler.  

Finding a warehouse management system WMS that’s both agile and high-performing is crucial to effectively managing your ever-increasingly complex supply chains. You need maximum visibility to satisfy your evolving customer expectations and other requirements. The growth of eCommerce and the shift towards Omni-channel retail models present new logistics challenges:

  • Labor shortages and the need to hire and retain skilled warehouse staff
  • Accommodating seasonal fluctuations during peak and off-peak seasons
  • Processing increasing volumes of customer returns
  • Meeting rising customer expectations for prompt and accurate deliveries
  • Adapting operations to a changing and often disruptive business environment

The questions never end. If you suspect that your warehouse management system WMS isn’t cutting it, where do you begin?

take a breath:

Here’s how to navigate the sobering journey to a new Warehouse Management System WMS by considering these seven steps.

If your warehouse management system can’t keep pace with today’s hyper-competitive business environment, it might be time to consider something new. But how do you know where to begin? Below is a typical scenario of how companies like yours work with solution providers like Jackpine to upgrade a warehouse. 

Step 1 – Assess your needs:

  • Evaluate Your Current System – Identify the limitations and challenges of your current WMS. This sounds simple, but you need to sit back and document as many of your current LMS’s shortcomings, and limitations as possible.
  • Define Requirements – With a highly critical eye and as much input from stakeholders as possible, determine what features and functionalities are essential for your new system based on current and future business needs. Try to solicit input from everybody from people on the floor to top management, even customers. If there are metrics that your current system cannot automate, document or control, make a detailed list. And don’t leave anything out. The whole point of a solid WMS is to automate and provide information your company needs to keep your supply chain competitive.

Step 2 – Vendor Selection:

  • Research Vendors – Look for reputable WMS vendors with experience in your industry.
  • Request Proposals – Solicit proposals and evaluate them based on functionality, cost, scalability, and support services.
  • Demos and Trials – Conduct demonstrations and trial runs of shortlisted systems to assess their suitability.

Step 3 – Implementation Planning:

Do not underestimate the importance of this step. Keeping all stakeholders informed of timelines, potential technical glitches, etc., keeps everyone on the same page. 

  • Develop a Timeline – Create a realistic timeline for the transition, including key milestones and deadlines.
  • Allocate Resources – Assign a dedicated team to manage the implementation process.
  • Data Migration – Plan for the transfer of data from the old system to the new one, ensuring data accuracy and integrity.

Step 4 – Customization and Integration:

  • Customize the System – Tailor the new WMS to fit your specific business processes and requirements.
  • Integrate with Other Systems – Ensure seamless integration with other existing systems like ERP, CRM, and e-commerce platforms.

Step 5 – Training and Change Management:

  • Staff Training – Provide comprehensive training for all users to ensure they are comfortable with the new system.
  • Change Management – Communicate the benefits and changes to all stakeholders to facilitate a smooth transition.

Step 6 – Testing and Go-Live

  • Conduct Testing – Perform extensive testing of the new WMS to identify and resolve any issues before going live.
  • Go-Live – Execute the transition to the new system with support from the vendor and your implementation team.

Step 7 – Post-Implementation Support:

  • Monitor Performance – Continuously monitor the system to ensure it meets your expectations and address any issues promptly.
  • Seek Feedback – Collect feedback from users to make necessary adjustments and improvements.

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