Choosing warehouse distribution software requires asking questions—a lot of questions. For example, you have to ask if the potential warehouse distribution software:
- Works with your existing ERP system
- Provides clear and comprehensive reports
- Automates as many processes as possible
- Improves efficiency throughout the warehouse.
Also, consider some of your company’s unique pain points. Do you handle small quantities of many SKUs? Have some items that are perishable and others that aren’t? Need to rotate your stock frequently? These are just a handful of considerations to keep in mind when choosing warehouse distribution software.
In addition to the checklist here, Acumatica also offers a great checklist to assess warehouse distribution software.
Four Features That Add to Productivity
There are also several features of warehouse automation systems that add to your company’s overall productivity.
- Random Slotting
Good warehouse management software has the ability to manage random slotting. SKUs can be assigned to any bin, shelf, or location. Such a system offers flexibility, which is key to warehouses that handle frequent stock layout changes. If you need to adjust your warehouse layout easily to accommodate the needs of your business, then look for software that facilitates random slotting.
- Intuitive System
Warehouses need an intuitive system that’s very easy for employees to use. With high turnover rates in all industries, but especially in retail, e-commerce, and distribution settings, it’s important to have an inventory management system new employees can learn quickly. It’s also helpful for companies that hire additional workers for seasonal order increases. It saves a great deal of training time and also reduces the number of mistakes made because the system itself is so easy to use.
- Optimizes Fulfillment
Systems that help you optimize your order fulfillment area enhance productivity. Data from a good warehouse management system will help you improve your warehouse layout. You’ll be able to use this data to rearrange shelves, bins, and packing areas to ensure the shortest amount of time and steps from picking to packing.
- Real-Time Updates
Cloud systems offer the benefit of real-time updates. With data flowing directly from your warehouse management system to your ERP, you’ll be able to see at a glance the amount of goods in stock, what’s running low, and more. You may also be able to integrate this data into your e-commerce site to provide real-time updates to your customers on the status of their orders. It can improve customer service as well as improve retention among current customers.
Acumatica Warehouse Management Systems
Acumatica WMS offers a warehouse distribution system that does all this and more. With seamless integrations with Acumatica ERP and countless features that improve productivity, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.
Learn more about Acumatica WMS and Acumatica. Also view our Acumatica Tips & Tricks section, which offers you great resources to maximize Acumatica if you’re already a fan.
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