Thesis #1: Cost-effective warehousing forms the foundation for success
Business environment is developing faster than ever. Rapid changes pose new challenges on intralogistics as well – we must be able to react more quickly than before. The increasing significance and volume of online business and the growing number of small deliveries impose great pressure on efficient intralogistics processes.
To survive and succeed in the competition, flexible warehousing and continuous measurement of performance are becoming increasingly essential. In the supply chain, warehousing is brought closer to the point of manufacturing/production. Production volumes vary a great deal and the selection of items in production is changing more quickly, which creates new requirements for the general efficiency, workforce scalability and flexible use of space in warehouses.
How to improve intralogistics
Luckily, there is a clear path to achieve enhanced intralogistics.
This path begins with a pre-study, namely our ROImap project, which outlines the most common warehouse and inventory processes and identifies development needs. Part of the development needs can be satisfied by boosting the company’s internal processes, another part with the support of an intelligent warehouse management system.
The warehouse management (WMS) development project can also be used to initiate process development at a more general level, as has in fact already happened many times. A critical review and partial challenging of one’s own ideas and practices serve as a catalyst for change. Change is encouraged and motivated by the situational analysis provided the pre-study, and by the enhanced performance and success awaiting on the horizon.
In Part II, I will nail Roima’s Thesis #2: Receiving affects the entire chain. Stay tuned!