There are many good reasons for optimal intralogistics. Find out here how the conversion to a digitally managed warehouse works smoothly and how we support you in this process.
How does the planning of digital intralogistics work?
If you are considering this from your company-specific perspective, it is advisable to answer a few key questions in advance:
- What strategic goals are to be achieved through the introduction of digital intralogistics?
- Which processes are to be mapped currently and, if applicable, in the future?
- Which technologies should be used currently and, if applicable, in the future?
- What adjustments in the process organization are likely to be necessary?
- And last but not least: What requirements do you place on your software supplier?
The results resulting from the response are initially incorporated into a specification sheet in further detail.
You can make the circle of potential providers clearer or minimize it in advance, for example, by favoring only standard software and developers with a broad range of experience who can support you with their know-how during further planning. Field-tested user interfaces as well as references as proof of widespread use are also indications of guaranteed (software) quality.
What are the opportunities and risks?
The potential risks are offset by a wide range of benefits. It becomes problematic, for example, if the selected warehouse management system (WMS) turns out not to be tailor-made after implementation. After all, the WMS should adapt to your requirements, not your company to the installed software.
Involving the workforce in the processes
If the targets defined and promised by the provider are not achieved, efficiency suffers above all and sometimes costly readjustments are necessary. It can also happen that the innovation is received with skepticism by the workforce. Experienced WMS providers counter this with a sophisticated training concept for key users. The early involvement of these key people in decision-making processes, for example in the design of processes in the warehouse and/or the selection of suitable hardware, also promotes acceptance. The appreciation shown by management in this way leads to increased identification with the company and its strategic goals on the part of employees. This in turn increases the motivation and productive performance of each individual.
What are the advantages of digital intralogistics?
In turn, the benefits of a digital WMS include increased transparency, enhanced performance, shortened throughput times, secure serial number management, and 100% inventory security throughout, as every online booking is logged seamlessly.
The work is paperless, so there are significantly fewer errors. Resources can be allocated in a targeted manner and order processing priorities can be taken into account automatically. It has also been shown – and this is particularly relevant in times of crisis – that companies that already rely on WMS-supported digitization are more resilient and therefore more effective. They can react much more flexibly to fluctuations in demand and adapt their processes much more quickly to new circumstances.
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