How to Implement a WMS (Warehouse Management System)

Warehouse management systems have been around for a while now. Most industrial industries are already using one for efficient warehouse operations. However, as technology advances, more complex WMS may be required.

Here are the 5 steps required for utilizing a warehouse management system. #warehouseoperations

Implementing a Warehouse Management System

The whole point of implementing a warehouse management system is to make work easier for warehouse staff and reduce the margin of error. Here’s how you can implement warehouse management software for smoother operations.  

  1. Risk Assesment
  2. Create a Schedule
  3. Team Training
  4. Transfer Data
  5. Final Test

1) Risk Assesment

You’ll want to asses the possible risks that may result in the implementation of the new warehouse management system. A professional WMS installation team will have the experience of working in a diverse range of warehousing processes. They should work together with the warehouse manager to minimize potential risks.

2) Create a Schedule

You want to create a realistic schedule. This is essential to eliminate failures and provide time for unexpected situations. It’s necessary to plan far enough in advance so that you have ample time to accommodate circumstances that you aren’t prepared for.

3) Team Training

For successful implementation, it’s important to train everyone on the new WMS software. From the workers in the distribution center to the material handling equipment operators, everyone needs to be in the loop on the new software solutions.

4) Transfer Data

The next step is to transfer all of the data from the old management system WMS into the new WMS. Data will need to be added and changed to fit the needs of the new warehouse management solution.

Pro Tip: Transfering data from an outdated warehouse management system to a new WMS can be tedious and time-consuming. That’s why it’s necessary to work together to complete the data transfer.

5) Final Test

Tests should be done to compare processes between the previous and the new warehouse management system. Key performance should be analyzed as well as what’s the most cost effective. Any glitches in the systems should be found and fixed during the testing phase.

WMS Execution

Now that you know how to implement a new WMS, you can begin to execute the software. Would you like to know more about warehouse management systems in industrial businesses? Join us on Facebook to speak with our team today!