Will your WMS adapt with your business?

Steve Richmond -
Your Focus
- 15 Aug 2013 ( #629 )
2 min read
Steve Richmond is a director of Jungheinrich UK Ltd's Systems & Projects Division.
In today's fluid business environment, companies face the daunting task of anticipating future developments so that opportunities can be seized and action taken to negate the impact of possible threats.

Anyone looking to future-proof a warehouse or intralogistics operation has to consider the role of the warehouse management system (WMS).

Software is the heartbeat of any modern storage and handling solution - regardless of whether manual, semi-automated or fully automated technology is employed - and the initial design and specification of the WMS will determine how flexible a facility will be going forward.

For example, if you currently operate a manual warehouse and employ conventional order-picking technology, could your WMS adapt if you were suddenly faced with an upsurge of online orders which brought about a dramatic shift in your typical order profile?

Order processing profiles and picking requirements may change significantly. For example, a facility may suddenly be required to shift from a bulk or unit load-based operation by a customer-driven need to fulfill single-item picks at a much higher frequency. But what if the WMS or flow controller couldn't accommodate this change?

Here are five tips for anyone charged with selecting a future-proof WMS:

  1. Recognise where the system's boundaries are - and ensure that they are flexible enough to move with your demands.

  2. Select robust software that has an established track record - rather than a system that has been developed uniquely for your use.

  3. Try to choose a suite that is feature-rich - you may not need many of the built-in functions now but it is reassuring to know that they are there and can be switched on in the future should you require them.

  4. Be wary of ERP systems that boast WMS functionality - in many cases, the WMS is often very limited.

  5. Ensure that your WMS allows for semi- or fully-automated materials handling systems to be introduced in the future.
Also Read:
Carbs are the Enemy
Danny Maron
2 minute read
Carbs are the Enemy Your Focus - 29 Aug 2013 (#631) Pedestrians remain the biggest threat to safe forklift operation, according to Danny Maron.
Rob Vetter
2 minute read
Medical Fitness is not something you can (or should) evaluate Your Focus - 25 Jul 2013 (#626) Are trainers in a position to check the state of fitness of their trainees? Certainly not, according to Rob Vetter.
For more unique stories and expert insights: read our industry blogs
Blog articles provide perspectives and opinions and therefore may contain inaccurate or incomplete information. Forkliftaction Media accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions. If you feel that significant facts are overlooked, or have a different viewpoint on a topic addressed, we invite you to open a conversation in our Discussion Forums.

Are you recruiting? Find your ideal candidate among a diverse range of materials handling professionals:

Forkliftaction's JOB MARKET

Inside The News
One of the biggest forklift manufacturers in the world, Crown Equipment Corporation, has been crippled by a malicious cyber attack... Continue reading
Toyota fits out 3PL warehouse Ipswich, United Kingdom

PREMIUM business

Shenzhen Wellwit Robotics Co., Ltd
The Largest AMR/AGV ODM/OEM Manufacturer in China.
Upcoming industry events …
July 10-11, 2024 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
September 3-5, 2024 - SÃO PAULO, Brazil
November 26-28, 2023 - Kololi, Gambia, The
Inside The News
One of the biggest forklift manufacturers in the world, Crown Equipment Corporation, has been crippled by a malicious cyber attack... Continue reading
Cyber attack targets Crown New Bremen, OH, United States

Are you recruiting? Find your ideal candidate among a diverse range of materials handling professionals:

Forkliftaction's JOB MARKET

Inside The News
One of the biggest forklift manufacturers in the world, Crown Equipment Corporation, has been crippled by a malicious cyber attack... Continue reading

Showcased in the Virtual Expo

Upcoming in the editorial calendar
DIGITISED STOCK CONTROL AND FORKLIFTS
May 2024
PRODUCTION OF MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT IN NORTH AMERICA
Aug 2024
Upcoming industry events …
July 10-11, 2024 - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
September 3-5, 2024 - SÃO PAULO, Brazil
November 26-28, 2023 - Kololi, Gambia, The