6 Ways WMS Can Improve Operations

Getting better results with the latest warehouse management systems.


5. Reduced Paperwork: As mentioned earlier, food and beverage companies can be hindered by their manual or paper-based processes. Reports that were prepared manually can now be managed electronically.

According to Dan Radunz, senior vice president of product development for Minneapolis,Minnesota-based HighJump, a WMS can “significantly reduce the paperwork traditionally associated with warehouse operations, as well as ensure timely and accurate flow of inventory and information.”

Additionally, creating electronic reports will boost a company’s sustainability efforts, by creating a greener footprint and lessening the need for paper.

6. Better Space Utilization: Food and beverage warehouses can improve space utilization due to a speedier fulfillment process with the use of WMS. With less inventory in the warehouse, holding costs will decrease drastically.

“Space utilization can help with ensuring that we optimally use the space in the facility, which can eliminate their need to buy more facility space,” says Tom Kozenski, VP industry strategy of Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (formerly RedPrairie).

 

Customer success stories

Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), the second largest alcohol beverage distributor in the U.S., uses Manhattan Associates’ warehouse management solutions in their operations. According to Stefan Kirshenbaum, VP and director of distribution and logistics at RNDC, there were some challenges during the initial implementation that took place in Denver, CO.

“The learning curve was a challenge,” says Kirshenbaum. However, “Manhattan provided complete assistance from the beginning to the end of that initial implementation of WMS.”

One of the biggest advantages Manhattan Associates’ WMS offers to RNDC is absolute inventory control along with greater space utilization. RNDC is able to efficiently replenish products, which results in improved productivity for the warehouse crew.

“The ability to do cycle counting rather than wall-to-wall inventory” is also essential for inventory management, Kirshenbaum adds.

RNDC will be starting their ninth installation of Manhattan’s WMS, going live in February in Louisville, KY. After their ninth installation, the company has future plans to install the WMS in another eight locations.

“Our company has a reputation of being at the forefront of technology and we’re proud of our operations throughout our chain and Manhattan has been a great partner in providing a continued effort on our part to be the best in class distribution network within our industry,” says Kirshenbaum.

Cloverleaf Cold Storage, a Sioux City, Iowa-based, refrigerated warehouse firm, has relied on AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL third-party logistics management software since 2004 to maintain high levels of productivity and increase profits.

“Accellos’ concentration on the 3PL cold storage market has given them an extraordinary, in-depth awareness of the field and its challenges, and that is one of the primary reasons we selected them as our 3PL management solution,” said Curtis Mastbergen, vice president of administration and finance for Cloverleaf Cold Storage in a case study. “We wanted an expert in our field, not a vendor to whom cold storage was a sideline.”

Since implementing the Accellos software in many Cloverleaf Cold Storage facilities over the course of almost 10 years, Mastbergen noted the software has helped them to serve their clients both accurately and efficiently.

“We win a lot of customers with needs that our competitors can’t handle,” Mastbergen mentioned. “AccellosOne Enterprise 3PL is a big part of that.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Frankford Candy, a privately owned candy manufacturer in the U.S., also utilizes Accellos’ management software. The candy company was looking to advance their electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities to seamlessly work with trading partners.

“We can bring up a new trading partner in minutes, where before, it could involve weeks of frustrating back-and-forth among us, our EDI vendor and our trading partners,” said executive vice president of Frankford Candy, Nathan Hoffman in a press release. “Major retailers have very specific ways of doing things, and Accellos’ EDI for Dynamics AX accommodates them all very nicely.”

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