There is no doubt that the warehousing requirements for manufacturing, transportation and wholesale market segments are all changing rapidly. Factors for driving change are lower transportation costs, faster delivery times, omnichannel issues and talent shortages.
The exponential growth of omnichannel shopping and ever-burgeoning demand for faster merchandise deliveries is redefining the supply chain's distribution of consumer products goods. As retailers look to merge their brick-and-mortar and online operations to cut costs and boost efficiency, warehouse management systems must keep pace.
This wave of next generation, technology-enhanced warehouses is bringing unprecedented levels of real-time visibility into organisations' assets, people and transactions across a myriad of industries, from discrete manufacturers in automotive, electronics and machinery to food and beverage processing companies, to the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, to name just a few.
Supply chain networks are poised to undergo an extreme makeover over the next few years. Indeed, the retail, wholesale, transportation and logistics sectors are transitioning to "best-of-breed" warehouse management systems that take automatisation to new heights - from equipping workers with mobile devices that increase the speed and accuracy of order picking to the rollout of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) for real-time inventory visibility.
The RIC Group's WMS has moved to a browser based platform equipping companies to handle the deluge of goods moving through the product-delivery pipeline. Our browser based WMS has allowed our customers to bring their own device (BYOD) to the supply chain and see in real-time what exact movements are being made in their warehouse or warehouses with a real-time audit feature.
As customers prepare to increase the volume of items shipped in the coming years, they rank outfitting staff with new technology, as well as increasing the use of barcode scanning, tablets and the Internet of Things, as their top initiatives and lead investments for an optimised supply chain.
Warehouse management systems in today's environment need to offer the flexibility on operating on rugged devices and also tablet devices. It is very important to be able to offer customers the ability to operate on the different devices with access to real-time information.
Warehouse management systems now need to include feature of load optimisation. New mobile and data capture load optimisation technology solutions to maximise efficiency and agility in packing, staging, loading and shipping.These pack and load solutions offer real-time analytics designed to boost worker productivity and reduce transportation costs.
Moving to best-of-breed, real time warehouse management systems is to move to the smart warehouse.
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