A warehouse management system as part of crisis management

Imagine a crisis hits your business and logistics processes are suddenly challenged or even shut down. In an uncertain economy, it is important to think about effective strategies to remain resilient. This is where the warehouse management system emerges as the ultimate crisis tool. In this article, you will discover how an advanced WMS system can not only ensure growth and a smooth supply chain but also provide benefits in times of uncertainty.

 

crisis management

An unexpected crisis can present considerable challenges. Consider disruptions in the supply chain, a sudden increase in staff turnover, and unexpected demand patterns. That’s why effective crisis management is essential in the world of warehouse management. And this is where the implementation of a Warehouse Management System comes in. Through advanced functionalities and processes, a WMS provides the ability to streamline logistics processes. This ensures that companies remain resilient even during tough times.

 

Doing more with less

Unemployment will rise to 3.9% by 2023, and this will have major consequences for Dutch companies. If you suffer from understaffing during successive quarters, this will affect the supply chain and customer satisfaction. With investments in a good WMS, production can continue. This is because the system automates order processing, inventory management, and real-time insight into goods flows. In short, with a WMS you can do more with less manpower.

 

Less loss of knowledge when employees resign

Dependence on experienced warehouse workers can be a considerable risk during a crisis. But with an advanced WMS, companies can reduce this dependence. A WMS provides automated and standardized processes, making companies less dependent on warehouse workers and their specific knowledge. That way, companies can keep running smoothly even when there is a high turnover of personnel in a short period of time. In addition, a WMS can serve as a knowledge base, recording important information that is accessible to all employees. In this way, less knowledge is lost upon departure and supply chain continuity is protected, even during crisis situations.

 

Less reliance on experienced warehouse workers

Rapid implementation of an effective crisis plan is essential in times of inflation. If this plan increases the level of internal training, it helps to reduce costs. With a WMS, new employees can be inducted quickly and efficiently because operating procedures are standardized and the WMS provides visual instructions. With a good WMS, companies gain the ability to ensure continuity and maintain specific knowledge and workflows. Regardless of who is present in the warehouse.

 

Fewer skilled workers needed

In times of high unemployment, the ability to deploy personnel quickly is invaluable. An advanced Warehouse Management System allows companies to operate with fewer skilled personnel. In fact, an intuitive interface and user-friendly features allow employees to quickly get to work, even without extensive experience in the logistics industry.

 

Ability to scale up or down quickly

A WMS in the cloud is scalable and therefore quickly adaptable to changing circumstances. By implementing an advanced WMS, employers can easily scale up or down the workforce depending on demand, consumption, and forecasted sales. This means that companies no longer depend on a fixed team of experienced warehouse workers. If a situation arises in which collective bargaining wages go up, for example, but profits do not, a WMS makes it possible to switch quickly.

 

Better insights into inventory movements

When supply and demand fluctuate unpredictably, insight into inventory changes can be quite a challenge. A WMS provides real-time insights into inventory changes, offering companies the ability to proactively manage inventory. With the help of automation software and comprehensive reporting, managers get instant updates on incoming and outgoing goods flows. This allows companies to make quick adjustments and minimize shortages or surpluses. The result is a stronger position against competitors.

 

Accurate inventory management

Accurate inventory management is very important during a crisis. After all, you don’t want to produce too much, but certainly not too little. With a WMS, companies can develop a strategy for accurate inventory recording and control. Indeed, through automated processes, barcode scanning, and real-time data analysis, a WMS enables companies to get a reliable, real-time overview of their inventory movements.

 

WMS implementation in cooperation with BizBloqs

In a crisis, accurate inventory management is important in any industry, and an advanced WMS provides the solution. With a WMS, companies can accurately track inventory movements from receiving to shipping. In addition, companies get real-time visibility into inventory levels. This helps minimize errors, reduce losses, and prevent shortages or surpluses.

 

With excellent inventory visibility, companies can increase warehouse efficiency, improve customer satisfaction and reduce operational costs, even in the most challenging crisis situations. Wondering how we can make that happen for your business?

Contact us now to learn more about the seamless integration of a Warehouse Management System from BizBloqs.

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Willem Ten Asbroek

CEO, Bizbloqs Management Solution B.V.

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Welcome to the BizBloqs product selector. This is a tool we designed to guide you to the right subscription for your business.

If you are not sure how to answer a question, or you are not comfortable with the recommendation, please simply contact us and discuss it with one of our experts. It is our duty and pleasure to guide you to the best of our ability, making sure you arrive at the right well-informed choice that suits your needs perfectly.

INTRODUCTION

BizBloqs offers Business Processes as a Service (BPaaS) and has created a range of subscriptions that service the specific needs of customer profiles we have encountered often in the market.

Our solutions are designed in such a way that we can service the smallest businesses for their basic needs, while the same platform can service the most complex and elaborate logistic requirements as well. This level of scalability allows all our customers to make their subscription grow with their needs, no matter how rapidly they grow or increase the complexity.

STATEMENT 1

I only need very basic features and care most about my outbound process.

GAMBIT

Gambit is our entry-level solution that covers the basic needs for companies that are looking to digitize their order fulfilment processes.

The emphasis of this subscription is on the outbound processes, handling all common requirements with ease. Gambit includes the ability to integrate a web shop on the frontend or an ERP system in the backend.

Furthermore, you can connect your Gambit solution to a supported transporter of your choice. Your order fulfilment and stock management have never been easier.

STATEMENT 2

I only need basic features, but inbound and outbound processes are both very relevant for my requirements.

PAWN

Pawn is the second-tier subscription of BizBloqs. It offers all the capabilities of Gambit, but also adds full control over the purchasing process. If you are looking to take your business to the next level by digitizing all your warehouse processes altogether, Pawn is the right solution for you.

It offers location management out of the box, supporting one location per article as the standard. All basic processes any small or medium business might need are included, all based on the years of experience and elaborate expertise of BizBloqs. We have taken the best practices of implementations in the past so you can benefit from the best of our capabilities.

STATEMENT 3

I need some advanced features; my situation requires location management and/or we need digital support for batch picking. You could say my needs resemble a wholesaler, reseller or large web shop.

KNIGHT

Knight takes your digital logistic capabilities to the level you might see at large companies with a professional setup. In fact, BizBloqs services several companies at this level with its Knight solution. It offers the possibility to manage an article across multiple locations and offers digital management for your batch picking.

Knight is the right solution for you if you need to optimize fairly complex processes or large operations. If location management is a big part of your business, Knight is the right subscription level for you. This solution is popular amongst wholesalers, resellers and web shops in particular.

STATEMENT 4

I want a standard solution, but with all the bells and whistles. I manage multiple locations and zoning across my warehouses and deal with a lot of orders.

BISHOP

Bishop is the ultimate standard subscription with a wide range of features beyond the capabilities of Knight. It allows for dynamic location management, which allows you to keep track of your stock on the move at all times.

You can manage multiple locations and assign various location zones as per your requirements. Bishop can handle a great number of orders without effort. If this ultimate subscription still doesn’t meet your needs, you would need to consider a custom solution that is tailored specifically to your requirements.

CUSTOM

Clearly it will not be possible to make a straightforward recommendation for your needs. That’s perfectly fine, we have the expertise and experience to address your challenges. You will need to work with our experts to digitize your processes and define your workflow.

Our solutions are designed in such a way that we can service the smallest businesses for their basic needs, while the same platform can service the most complex and elaborate logistic requirements as well. We can do this without development in almost all cases, simply by configuring our solutions to reflect your situation perfectly.