With more and more companies gravitating towards the cloud, there’s no better time than now to start thinking about moving your warehouse management system over to a cloud WMS solution.
As consumer expectations continue to grow, we expect to see continued investment in IT and cloud software over the coming years. Customers demand personalised service, flexibility, and choice, no matter how they shop or do business. They want to order products whenever they want, however they want, be it online, in-store, or by phone etc and have it delivered wherever they want. With these shifts in demands in the omni channel marketplace, businesses have to quickly adapt their approach. A cloud WMS solution can help you meet these demands.
These demands are being met with IoT exploding onto the scene; it has never been easier to take advantage of all the latest cloud software. What is IoT? In the broadest sense, the term Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses everything connected to the internet, but it is increasingly being used to define objects that “talk” to each other. Simply, the Internet of Things is made up of devices and software– from simple sensors to smartphones, barcode scanners and wearables – connected together.
Cloud based applications such as Clarus’ Cloud WMS Solution, are key to using this leveraged data. The Internet of Things doesn’t function without cloud based applications to interpret and transmit the data coming from all these devices. The cloud is what enables the apps to go to work for you anytime, anywhere.
Increased connectivity is everywhere. For example, today’s warehouse is far more than just a facility in which to store inventory. Leveraging the latest supply chain technology and the Internet of Things (IoT), a “smart warehouse” can now serve as a hub to boost efficiency and speed throughout the entire supply chain. From wearables on workers to sensors and smart equipment, internet enabled devices and technology for asset tracking and reporting can profoundly change logistics management.
Connected devices, software and sensors can help manage the right quantity of products, at the right price, time and place. The objective is to manage the route (journey) of merchandise from pick-up point to end point, including pick-ups, reception, quality control, reporting and forecasting etc.
3 Ways Supply Chains will benefit from Cloud Software & IoT
- A Responsive, Continually Improving Supply Chain:
In an omni channel marketplace, organisations that ramp up utilisation of cloud software & the IoT will enjoy a highly intelligent, transparent and responsive supply chain that continually improves itself. The IoT platform will allow supply chains to accurately locate, track and measure the movement of inventory through sensor technology and will have the agility needed to speed up or slow down based on the dictation of customer demand.
- A Smarter Warehouse:
Embracing a cloud WMS solution & the IoT grants supply chains the ability to operate a hyper efficient, optimal warehouse. The result (and subsequent impact on the bottom line) is a reduction in asset losses, temperature stability, and total warehouse inventory optimisation and accuracy.
- A Deeply Intelligent Supply Chain:
With enhanced connectivity, supply chains will feel the impact of intelligence on every area of their business, including financial, customer support, marketing, sales, and operations. By boosting forecasting accuracy and demand planning capabilities, organisations will be able to focus on the right tasks at the right times, leading to significant cost and time savings.
Getting it right
With the right cloud software & IoT solution in place, enterprises can connect all devices across a centralised cloud network, and capture and share their mission critical data through key software applications, allowing them to gain real time visibility of their operations. This enhanced business knowledge can be gained through a set of enabling technologies in the areas of asset management, cloud, mobile and Big Data.
How to find the best Cloud WMS Solution for your business
- Make Your Budget Go Further
Don’t get tricked into thinking that just because something is in the cloud, that it’s better. Some companies don’t port true warehouse management systems into the cloud, and instead just provide a barebones system. A cloud based WMS should have identical, if not more, functionality to a traditional WMS. The possibilities in the cloud are limitless, so you should definitely see an enhanced experience over your traditional WMS. Cloud based warehouse management systems also have minimal start-up fees and much lower monthly operating costs than a traditional WMS. You will not need to get CAPEX approval and the licenses come at low costs with discounts often available based on total users.
- Faster Implementation
Your new cloud based warehouse management system should be up and running in a matter of days or hours, as opposed to the weeks or months a traditional WMS could take. It can take an obscene number of man hours for the custom coding and development required to connect components to a traditional WMS. A cloud based WMS can do the same data integration in a matter of minutes, connecting seamlessly with every other application that your company uses. It’s a quick, non-disruptive, and downright satisfying process.
- Cutting Edge Technology
With how quickly technology advances in today’s world, you can no longer afford the endless updates and customisations a traditional, proprietary WMS will see over its typical lifespan of ten years. A cloud WMS solution can seamlessly change with your supply chain.
- Reporting Features
You’re keeping meticulous track of your supply chain so that it can help inform your decision making. Don’t let substandard and dated reporting processes get in your way. Your cloud based WMS should allow you to make the correct business decision right when an issue or opportunity arises.
- Ease of Use
More than text or code, your WMS should be able to display images, videos, and interactive data charts on the go to keep you informed. The design shouldn’t just be nice to look at though, it needs to be functional so that anybody, no matter how tech savvy they are, is able to make informed and efficient decisions from the data. You need access to your data right now, not multiple mouse clicks and 15 minutes from now.
Cloud based warehouse management systems are faster, cheaper and better integrated than traditional WMS deployments. Stay ahead of your competitors this year by switching over to a cloud WMS solution.
Speak to one of our team to understand how Clarus’ WMS system can cost effectively support best practice warehouse management processes, better customer service and highly efficient working for a range of warehouse operations with pay per month options and no IT infrastructure needed.
Our platform can scale from a one user, small depot system to a 100’s of user distribution centre operation. The ClarusWMS platform will cost effectively scale with your business based on demand.
ClarusWMS is a UK based supplier of warehouse management solutions with a wealth of industry experience in third party logistics, wholesale / retail distribution, online fulfillment and manufacturing warehousing.