Let’s be honest to say that the larger your distribution operations, the harder it is to effectively manage every stage of the product life-cycle, as well as your different lines of business. As the retail industry changes, warehouse managers are increasingly under pressure, due to fast-paced e-commerce outlets like Amazon.com, to fulfill orders accurately and as quickly as possible.
As this evolution occurs, warehouse operations are becoming more complex. So you might consider upgrading your warehouse management methodology. Two primary applications businesses can use to streamline processes are inventory control and warehouse management software systems. There is a fine line between the two, and they are sometimes confused.
The following is a simple breakdown of the similarities and differences between both systems as well as the benefits that can result.
Let’s start with the basics…
Both Inventory Control and WMS can:
Anytime you make the move from pencil pushing or out-of-date technology to a modern management software system, you are bound to see an uptick in business productivity and efficiency. But if you really want to see tangible results, a modern inventory control or warehouse management system is a must – especially as retail warehouse operations are under pressure to pick up the pace, while still maintaining a high level of shipment accuracy. Here is a breakdown of the benefits you’ll realize:
Whether you choose a WMS or Inventory Control system, be sure to choose one that is relatively easy to use, which translates into less training time and limited downtime in your operations. All these points add up to more effective and productive business processes for your warehouse.
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