Software Solutions for Warehouse Management in the Fashion Industry

In the search of reducing inefficiencies in their business processes, many fashion and apparel companies to automate their warehouses.

"How can I optimize my company's production? How can I be more efficient with my team? How to improve operational planning?" When trying to answer these questions, many Managing Directors and Directors of Operations investigate on warehouse management systems that help will improve every step of the process: from the decision making in the highest executive level until the performance of the operative personnel who manages the area.

Buying an "extra" software system often causes hesitation when considering ROI (return on investment), especially when the standard modules of an ERP system are able to provide many of the benefits without the problems that come with implementing a new application.

How can an application focused on Big Data help with warehouse automation?

All the manufacturers of clothes and footwear that deal with large volumes of data saw improvements in their operation, with cost reductions of up to 60% in storage costs.

This improvement is made possible with innovative technologies, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking in warehouses.

[ Related: Strategies for Right-Sizing and Maximizing Inventory Efficiency ]

Nowadays, manufacturers have the option to automate every step of their operations, including processes to improve the following:

  • Merchandise reception

  • Movement of products

  • Picking

  • Packing

  • Verification of orders

  • Shipments

  • Returns

  • Transfers

When considering implementing a new warehouse management solution to be integrated with your current ERP, it is important to ensure that it can handle certain new operations to help automate the storehouse. To set an example, if your current ERP solution does not offer a tracking capability for products or modules that can handle such functionality, then it might not be suitable for complex warehouse operations.

Furthermore, your management system should be flexible enough to handle the frequent priority changes that are commonly happen in warehouse management operations. The reason behind this is that most ERP solutions work best in linear environments, where activities follow the same sequence most of the time. Operations and warehouse processes are in a different environment, where changes are common.

This post was originally posted by IT Soluciones.​

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