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Warehouse managers should thoroughly understand and use the tools of their warehouse control system to better manage their operations. This includes cubing, cycle counting, slotting, and analytics.
“Warehouse managers may not be fully utilizing the features of their system. Applications should be updated periodically to achieve the best results. For instance, when new inventory is introduced, it is time to re-slot the warehouse or risk lowering productivity,”
Cycle counting is a quick, automated system of scheduling smaller, targeted inventory counts. In general, high volume or high risk inventory is counted frequently, while slow moving items are scheduled less often. With a well executed system in place, managers can quickly find discrepancies. However, if they fail to resolve the underlying issues, ongoing problems will occur. Managers also need to evaluate inventory periodically and adjust the schedule as needed.
Slotting optimization software uses sophisticated algorithms to quickly and accurately determine the best product location to achieve higher productivity, less errors, and better utilization of space. Managers must re-slot when inventory or demand changes.
For the high-volume warehouse, cubing, also known as cartonization, is essential for enhancing order fulfillment. This function analyzes the characteristics of each item and recommends the appropriate carton size needed. The result is packing orders in the minimum number of cartons. Managers need to take advantage of this function to help reduce shipping costs.
The warehouse control system has advanced diagnostic and statistical tools essential for providing managers with a comprehensive picture of floor operations. They can monitor order output, equipment and labor performance in real-time to facilitate troubleshooting and keep downtime to a minimum. Mobile alerts can keep key employees aware of issues as they happen. Managers should review all options and customize their reports to get the maximum benefit.
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.
Page Updated Last on: Feb 08, 2013