Warehouses are the main core of goods distribution companies and the future of the business depends on their proper management. In the digital and e-commerce era we find huge giants such as Amazon that require large warehouses where they can receive and ship products to the end customer. To ensure agility in shipping and avoid anything going wrong in the process, it is essential to optimize warehouse management using a barcode reader. A WMS software solution that we detail in the following article.
Most common problems in warehouse logistics
Properly managing a warehouse is not an easy task, it requires a large surface area and, above all, perfect organization because wasting time looking for merchandise is time lost for the business. The most common problems related to the warehouse are:
Lack of warehouse space
This is one of the main company problems: lack of space. The business grows but the space is always the same. The solution that many companies opt for, prior to changing location, is to store through high shelves. It is an optimal solution but it makes it difficult to locate the items.
We found ourselves in a time when the customer wants to know the raw material from which the product is made and all the processes it goes through until it reaches his hands. Traceability is a concept that acquires a lot of value in companies because it involves the registration of the entire supply chain. An error in traceability is a major problem for the company.
Reverse logistics costs
The cost of reverse logistics is company cost of returning goods due to picking errors.
Proper picking management is essential to avoid picking the wrong products in an order.
Lack of information between departments
Operators working in the warehouse need access to information from various departments in real time to speed up the packing of products and their shipment to their final destination.
In addition to this lack of information, another problem that must not be forgotten is the lack of an updated inventory. An out-of-date inventory can lead to stock-outs, and if a product is undeliverable, it gives customers a free hand to switch to a competitor.
What is Warehouse Management System
Warehouse Management System (WMS) stands for warehouse logistics management. This solution, which Emiral implements in companies, has three main functions: the registration of incoming and outgoing goods, stock control to avoid stock outs and to knowledge of all products location. In short, automate the warehouse to have control of all the movements of the logistics cycle.
Advantages of the warehouse management system
Among the main advantages that can be noted are the ease and speed of access to all the data of the warehouse, in real time. In addition, duplication of data, which can lead to errors, is avoided.
Another advantage is the reduction in the number of operations and, consequently, in the time required in the supply chain. The shorter the time, the higher the productivity. And finally, by having the products well located (avoiding losses, either because of expiration or because they are not located), costs are reduced.
Warehouse management solution using a barcode reader
To provide a solution to warehouse management with guaranteed success, Emiral implements a WMS software to identify all goods entering and leaving the warehouse through the use of a barcode reader, integrated into touch devices.
This reader collects valuable information such as the receipt of the order, the location of the goods, picking, inventory counting and the rest of the movements that make up the logistics cycle.
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