Supply Chain - Lets focus on the Warehouse!

If you are operating a warehouse then at some point over the years we may have provided some information on HighJump Warehouse Edge (latterly known as Körber) as solutions for integrating into an existing ERP such as SAP or Netsuite or indeed Tasklet for those that are implementing their digital transformation strategies around Microsoft Dynamics 365. If you manage a warehouse chances are that you are already using a WMS, well, at least you should be! warehouse

How does a Warehouse Software solution help?

If you are operating via paper and are wondering what an automated WMS solutions might help your team then lets consider the following. First the obvious, a WMS solution is mainly used to keep track of goods and components in your warehouse. It helps in realtime to see what you have on hand and where they have been placed and that’s just the start.

In this e-commerce age, manufacturing or distribution companies, big or small, must process an increasingly higher number of orders or be looking to nerar on 100% accuracy for delivery of customer orders, whilst controlling their costs.  That’s where the use of a WMS becomes crucial. Gone are the times when simply glancing at the warehouse would let you know where your inventory was, and if the quantity on hand would suffice to process the orders of the day or week.

"Often we hear that it is felt easier to hire more staff as opposed to installing a solution, how can that be?"

Today, the response time for sales (and purchasing) must be immediate as the entire Sales and Purchasing aspects of the company depends on the accuracy of your data.  By automating specific tasks, you give your team time to focus on what’s important. Help them receive, sort, control, organise, package and ship your products in a most efficient manner!

Kadex Carousel Modules

"A recent project saw the integration of 3 Kardex Carousel Modules into the WMS"

What Are the Features of a WMS?

As we say above at the most basic of solution a WMS lets you know where every item (or alternative item) you store is in the warehouse. It displays the quantity of items per location and per bin assuming multiple-locations are supported.

Korber Warehouse Edge can be hosted on the company’s servers (on-premise). User licenses are then provided, and annual maintenance is required to install updates as may be required by the advancement of systems and indeed to protect from a cyber security perspective.

Alternatively, a new Warehouse Management System is also available through cloud platform subscriptions such as Tasklet. In this case, you “rent” the service and supporting infrastructure. This way you can avoid investing in servers and IT staff to maintain it. Cloud versions also boast 24/7 monitoring, which is generally not possible on-premise.

A WMS will help you optimise warehouse tasks by keeping a record of stock locations and pick paths you will have established. It could also help you identify the best product storage locations (slotting) by making use of calculation algorithms based on sales history and forecasts. So, the stronger the demand for a product, the more the system will encourage you to place it closer to the shipping area to decrease motion waste between pallet racks and packaging workstations. Very much required for the larger warehouse.

The WMS can typically record all the features of your products: weight, dimensions, lot number, serial number, expiration date, and more. In many companies,the WMS communicates with the enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to synchronise the finance function with the flow of goods. Here’s an example, for every purchase order (PO) received, the WMS sends a status to the PO that specific lines and quantities have been receipted enabling the Purchase department to determine the status of the supplier’s invoice, i.e. can it be paid and by how much, i.e. what has been received and of course determined by the contract of supply. Whilst this is a simple case of integration it makes the point.

The WMS receives orders sent by the sales system, allocates the requested products, and triggers the replenishment of picking locations prior to the start of the order picking process.

The same is true when a customer order is picked and shipped; the WMS notifies the ERP that the goods have been shipped from inventory, because they were available (i.e. not broken and unable to ship) and as a result inventory on hand is decreased, and that an invoice should be sent to the customer or perhaps a payment confirmation could be requested, depending on your specific business processes.

A WMS can also help you monitor work and task completion throughout the day. It allows you to identify inventory differences and trigger cycle counts, and provides tools to conduct transaction searches if necessary.


Integrated WMS Implementation

Since 2005, Cloud Factory have assisted many companies from different industries with a “Paperless Warehouse” through the implementation, optimisation and support of Korber Warehouse Edge WMS.  In recent years we have consulted on Tasklet projects for Dynamics 365 Business Central and Wiise and have been thrilled with how this has been received by clients as they consider embarking on their very first automation projects.

Accellos – HighJump - Korber

In August 2017, the Körber international technology group reinforced its Logistics Systems subsidiary by acquiring HighJump, an American software editor specializing in supply chain. Following the acquisition, HighJump Warehouse Edge was marketed as K. Motion Warehouse Edge, a Körber AG solution, a snappy title don’t you think!

K.Motion Warehouse Edge can integrate seamlessly with enterprise resource planning (ERP) software platforms such as SAP Business One which for the larger established Distributor is a total solution worthy of review and don't think the costs are the SAP costs you read about!

Dynamics 365 Business Central

With the advent of Dynamics 365 Business Central the CloudFactory Supply Chain team reviewed various WMS solutions and selected Tasklet. The choice was based upon overall capability for the solution at the time, the roadmap and the customer support. The latter has always been first class on the occasions it was required. Another selling point for us, and in turn our clients, is the fixed scope implementation. For those without a WMS and are looking at their first project to modernise and connect their business and clients then we highly recommend the review and regularly provide personalised month-to-month workshops.

Mobile WMS from Tasklet Factory supports the work processes in the warehouse and integrates with the standard functions of Dynamics 365 Business Central and WIISE.

It features a stunning graphical user interface that is easy to use and can be configured to fit the individual user's needs. Your warehouse employees will be more efficient and make fewer mistakes as Mobile WMS provides the tools and information needed to work effectively. Installation and support of the solution is easy as it is directly integrated with the standard features of Dynamics 365 Business Central and WIISE.

Dynamics 365 and Korber warehouse management system


Korber Features Explained

How can Cloud Factory Help?

Our Warehouse Management team at Cloud Factory will book a free assessment with you to understand your warehouse requirements and establish the overall scope for your project. We will discuss with you how you can contribute to your successful implementation of the WMS system and finally, together we will discuss and establish your go-live plans.

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