Why Does Your Business Need A Warehouse Management System?

by Michael Kotendzhi | Warehousing
Why Does Your Business Need A Warehouse Management System?

Managing your company’s commercial logistics is an extremely important part of owning a business. If you sell a product, you have to figure out all the details involved in the transportation and storage of that product to ensure it gets to your customers on time and in one piece. This is especially important if you sell perishables as food grade logistics have a much wider margin for error; if your warehousing and distribution services (including your heavy haul carriers) are not properly equipped with climate-controlled appliances, you will lose consumer loyalty and product in one blow. Let’s take a look at how warehouse management systems can smooth out the wrinkles from one of the most important aspects of business ownership.

  • Complex Supply Chains Your product needs to go through a number of steps before it finally reaches the consumer. From the assembly line to the carrier, modern supply chains have been growing more complex as the things being bought and sold have gotten more complex; the need to trust the nuances of such a situation to a quality management system has risen as a result. Warehouse management systems offer the following benefits.
  • Reduced Manual Intervention: Well-oiled machines are described as such because they don’t need any external interference to keep them running. Warehouse management systems can turn your warehousing services into a system that rarely needs to be adjusted or changed manually.
  • Increased Data Accuracy: Data tells you everything you need to know about how your business is doing. Unfortunately, it can be hard to sift through all the details to find the information that truly matters. Trusting a warehouse management system can help you more easily handle all the data collected by your business.
  • Improved Communication: By keeping you up-to-date on the goings-on of your warehousing and distribution services, warehouse management systems allow you to share information quickly and easily.

At the same time, you’ll be able to focus on improving other areas of your business that might not be getting enough attention. Customer service and productivity often increase thanks to the added assistance and streamlined operations that warehouse management systems offer. Since the food and beverage processing industry is worth approximately $105.5 billion, it’s a worthwhile field to get into; as long as you use a quality warehouse management system, your odds of running into problems are significantly reduced.

Michael Kotendzhi is President of Operations & Transportation and a partner at 18 Wheels. Michael has over 15 years of experience and is equipped with a degree in Logistics from the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business. As well as a background in logistics from XPO Logistics (formally Kelron Logistics), North America's largest contract warehousing provider.

Michael's experience includes supply chain management, reverse logistics, & domestic transportation. He has developed 18 Wheels' trucking solutions, effectively utilizing the sister company's vehicle fleet and building a transportation supply-chain network across North America.