A Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) seems complicated, but at the core is simply a tool for your distribution center. This tool, however, can significantly reduce your warehouse supply chain costs, improve productivity to meet future business growth, and make you look like the hero of your organization.
So how do you get the best value and return on investment in your warehouse automation system? With most products it is easy to tell if you are purchasing something of high quality. But you can’t pick up a WMS and hold it and look at it. A Warehouse Management System should have:
Our Billing Management solution will integrate and work with the Cirrus WCS and other programs to ensure that customers are invoiced in a timely fashion and no profit is left unbilled. Your customers will be happier to receive timely and detailed invoices and your bottom line will be happier when payments roll in
Balancing inventory levels is the key to full shelves, happy customers and increased throughput. The Cirrus WMS solution will track and give you access to all aspects of your inventory so you can properly manage orders and inventory levels.
The Cirrus WMS allows you to optimize inventory control by providing audit trails of who, what, where and when products are received, shipped or moved to a location. It will also allow you to query the system for the status of any product by lot or order number.
While labor is one of the most significant costs of warehouse operations, it is also the most manageable. Cirrus Tech’s Labor Management enables you to either increase productivity using the workforce you have or find a new solution for cutting your costs. Employee turnover is significantly reduced because workers receive more feedback and are managed in a way that is more conducive to their needs and rewards them for a job well done.
Labor Management works by storing your database of standards for every key task. For each associate, the actual times for task completion are monitored in real time and compared to the standards. Cirrus Tech. Read more about Warehouse Automated Labor Management.
How would you like to leverage your Warehouse Management System with highly intelligent Labor Scheduling Software? We are talking software that will compute the number of employees you need in different areas at different times.
Labor Scheduling software is highly intelligent and can manage hundreds (or more) employees among several different shifts in several different areas within the warehouse. This level of forecasting and management will make times of increased demand flow smoother.
Additional system control is provided through the Order Selection feature of the Cirrus WCS. Order selection, sometimes referred to as Order Dashboard, will prepare plans for batch picking or wave picking. It permits selection based on status, lot or order number.
It also allows allocation of products to orders and distinguishes between on-hand inventory and inventory assigned to orders. When inventory is not available, move reports and/or replenishment orders are automatically created.
Look at any business in any industry and you will see an element of Quality Control incorporated into their business standards. There are some industries, like the Food Industry, where even more checks, tests and guidelines must be followed, but every company knows the importance of maintaining a certain level of product and order distribution standards.
Quality Control ensures products are performed in accordance with management directives by SKU, date, time, vendor, etc. This will prevent products from being released if there is a problem. In addition, it provides backtracking if a problem is detected to determine where the problem occurred.
One of the features most taken advantage of by customers is the ability to link quality control to in-line scales. Our Warehouse Control System will use the weight information to determine whether the box/tote is carrying the correct amount of product by comparing the actual weight with what it’s average weight should be. Essentially, we’re talking about In-line Quality Control.
The Receiving feature of our Warehouse Control System integrates with purchase order documentation and ASN (advance shipping notification). This feature will issue warning notifications to the purchasing department with regard to discrepancies.
This feature improves the communication between departments within the warehouse as well as the purchasing department and consumers if there is a problem with their order. We’re talking real time results and a real time ability to contact your customer to solve the problem.
With the Receiving feature in place, you will know what truck is coming when. You will see in other areas of the Cirrus WCS that this information can then be used to aid in Labor Scheduling and Yard Management
Picking without Slotting?
It’s not uncommon for customers to implement a state-of-the-art pick/put system without utilizing Slotting. If you have a product placement system in place that works for you, that’s great. If you don’t, why spend all of that money putting a Pick system in place without optimizing the actual pick locations?
Slotting optimizes product placement in pick locations within a warehouse. By optimizing product placement, you are further optimizing your pick/put system in order to achieve increased productivity.
Read more about Cirrus Warehouse Management System Slot Utilization.
Yard Management is the System Supervisor of the outdoor area of your facility. The Cirrus Warehouse Control System offers the Yard Management feature so that management does not halt at the shipping doors. In order to further management and organization of your warehouse, it is necessary to manage the flow of inventory arriving and leaving your facilities.
The Yard Management feature of our Warehouse Control System can connect to your shipping schedule in order to manage shipping arrival and departure times. Added security is an additional built in feature as you will have real-time information accessible for each carrier and always have a location for trailers stored in your yard.
In addition, the Yard Management feature will allow you to run inquiries and reports in real time in order to determine which tasks are complete and which are not.
Cirrus Tech’s Warehouse Management System also offers zone level control through our Zone Manager feature.
Zone Management allows you to setup zones for cross docking, manual storage and automated storage. Its’ highly intelligent and random put away algorithms consider size, velocity and weight of products when optimizing your storage zones.