Are You Ready To Upgrade Your Warehouse?
Upgrading a warehouse is a major investment that pays off handsomely by improving the way everything works from the supply chain to the layout to the productivity of your employees and more. Before making this investment, it’s a good idea to evaluate what is working in your warehouse, where the current system is not working at all, and what you’d like to see happen in the future.
What Is Currently Working Well?
The idea of upgrading is born of frustration with your current system but it’s not a bad idea to take a look at what is currently working well and evaluate why those things do work well. This keeps you from getting rid of a concept you might want to keep. Evaluating the “why” gives you insight into ways you can upgrade to include the best from your legacy system in ways that fit today’s standards and tomorrow’s plans.
Where Is Your Current System Failing?
One of the big ways that legacy warehouse management systems can fail is in the way that data is handled. If a lot of your current system is done manually on spreadsheets and paper pick tickets, there is potential for many failures in human error, slow picking and packing, and frustrated employees. Poor data handling guarantees that your system is failing. Other failures can be the result of understaffing, poor training, inadequate layout, etc. Analyzing the “why” of your pain points gives insight into what needs to happen to solve the issues that are keeping your business in a box that is too small.
What Are Your Dreams For The Future?
The warehousing industry is changing rapidly. In order to stay competitive, you will need multiple strategies for pick, pack, and ship. You will need bulk, pre-pack and break-pack capabilities, advanced shipping notification and EDI compatibility, wireless capability, cross-dock processing, wave-based distribution, productivity reporting, and much more. These things will need to be monitored in real time so that your business moves as rapidly as the industry demands.
ChainDrive Warehouse Management software is perfect for many businesses in its standard format but it also is customizable for unique applications and fully supported so that you have the help you need in determining why, when, where, and how your upgrade should take place. Get out of the box and take a look at ChainDrive to see how far you can go with us!