Manufacturers who make a substantial number of shipments from a distribution facility have likely considered bringing a degree of automation to its warehouse and shipping functions.
For some companies, a full-blown Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a necessity, particularly if their operation relies on an automated racking system, perhaps housed in a rack-mounted structure with its own track-mounted materials-handling system.
However, for the vast majority of manufacturers - even those that complete a large number of shipments every day - a WMS that is separate and distinct from their other business systems will be counterproductive.
Flexibility and adaptability
You may have the hottest product ready to hit market. You may have the best marketing campaign ever conceived. You may have phones ringing off the hook with interested prospects. You may have all this and more. But the simple fact remains that, if you cannot locate, pick, pack, and ship material and products that's in your warehouse, these great feats go for naught. A significant under pining of any successful company is an agile, proactive, and responsive Warehouse Management System (WMS).
An effective WMS can reduce human errors by preventing product from being putaway in the wrong location, picking the wrong product, or picking the correct product but in the wrong quantity. Additionally, such a system can increase the productivity of the warehouse by reducing traveling time, maximizing the use of available space, and suggesting moves for better space utilization.