With the computer revolution, warehouse management systems were introduced to efficiently manage complex inventory systems. Managers were able to more effectively plan and align business practices with customer demands. It became more efficient to run large warehouses and output exponentially increased with fewer workers. However, these systems were found to have limitations.
Warehouse management systems are expensive. Besides the initial investment, software modifications tend to be time consuming and costly. For this reason, these systems have generally been structured for large operations. The other major drawback is that these systems are great for planning, but do not have the ability to execute the operation in real time. In essence, the warehouse management system cannot react to last-minute changes, increasing the likelihood of bottlenecks, backorders or equipment shutdowns.
To make the warehouse leaner, the warehouse control system was introduced. It is a real-time execution system that can make last-minute adjustments to maintain a fluid workload. Unlike a warehouse management system, this application is highly configurable and scalable, allowing the user to quickly and cost effectively add new technology and make changes to accommodate evolving business needs.
“Simply stated, the warehouse management system is a planning system, while the warehouse control system is an execution system. The warehouse control system allows the user to see the current status of the entire material handling system. Floor operators can see and react to problems as they occur, thereby reducing downtime. In addition, since the warehouse control system is physically located in the warehouse, it can keep the facility running if a network problem occurs,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a leading provider of software for the material handling industry.
For over sixteen years, QC Software has delivered the results that help companies succeed. Their leading-edge warehouse control system provides the flexibility, visibility and control across warehouse operations that customers need to optimize resources and profitability. It is a Tier 1 system that provides advanced capabilities for inventory control, resource scheduling and order management. Through industry collaboration, customized training, and 24/7 support, QC Software ensures that each customer is fully leveraging their technology. In addition, QC Software helps customers develop a strategic focus to better manage new opportunities and future demands.
To learn more about how QC Software can optimize your warehouse operations, visit QCSoftware.com or call Jerry List at 513.469.1424