When to get that new WMS system? Only when you know you’re ready

You may understand the benefits of a WMS system and figure the right one is in your company’s future. But when is the right time to make that move? Here are a few questions to ask first before you start shopping.

Have you been keeping up with industry trends?

If you have, then you have already been assessing customer expectations and what your competition is doing to meet them. If you haven’t, then you need to research how new technologies and increased market demands are reshaping your industry. WMS systems play into that scenario as they increase efficiency, add transparency, strengthen accuracy, and boost customer satisfaction.

Do you need to be EDI compliant?

If you do, now is the time to get a WMS system. Most large retailers use electronic data interchange (EDI) that automatically transmits order information into the warehouse system or accounting database. WMS is the tool needed to make that work. If your company wants to work with the nation’s largest retailers, WMS software is what it will take to make that happen.

Do you want to strengthen your ecommerce?

Who doesn’t? If you are selling goods via the Web, you’ll need a WMS to grow. Not only will the software naturally expand your customer base because it can handle higher transaction volumes, but you will also gain customer loyalty along the way. That’s because WMS improves accuracy and makes shipments get out faster. With already thin margins, ecommerce becomes much more worth it when integrated with a WMS solution.

Have you invested in new equipment?

If your warehouse is sporting new equipment or technology, such as carousels, conveyors, reach trucks, handheld scanners, or forklifts, you are ready for WMS. If you haven’t upgraded your equipment, wait until your facility is outfitted with what you need moving forward. Only then can a good WMS product help you integrate everything, helping you optimize performance and maximize the total efficiency of your warehouse.

Have you grown your warehouse space?

Relocating to a bigger warehouse facility is a good starting point to implement a new WMS. Now is the time to design that new facility to eliminate potential bottlenecks or to rid yourself of the inefficiencies of your former space. The sooner you implement a WMS into your new warehouse the sooner you’ll enjoy its benefits.

How have you prepared your facility for WMS? Which components do you have and which ones do you need? Did you know your WMS can help you get and stay organized? Let us know in the comments below!

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