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How can Warehouses Accelerate their Delivery Process?

By Logistics Tech Outlook | Monday, November 04, 2019

A user-centric and robust Warehouse Management System (WMS), which produces real-time insights, yet is resilient enough to level as operations grow, is critical to make distribution businesses run faster, better and more competently.

FREMONT, CA: According to a survey, 88 percent of worldwide consumers are willing to pay for faster or same-day delivery. Consequently, it is also evident that most retailers are now offering same-day delivery, responding to the trend.

Challenges Facing the Warehouse

The gush in demand for same-day and next-day service extends beyond e-commerce retailers, as consumers increasingly have similar expectations for all distributors. Subsequently, the supply chain will want to adapt existing systems and implement new technologies to keep speed, but this is not something distributors can roll out suddenly. So, what is required for organizations to ready a supply chain for same-day delivery, and how can sellers develop their warehouses?

A user-centric and robust Warehouse Management System (WMS), which produces real-time insights, yet is resilient enough to level as operations grow, is critical to make distribution businesses run faster, better and more competently. The approach creates a considerable opportunity for the organizations to add value, boost the company’s reputation, and stay competitive in the field. Additionally, distributors that offer same-day or next-day delivery increase profitability and sales conversion rates. The same distributors exhibit an industry-leading and modern business image.

Operating at Peak Performance

For most organizations, meeting the current delivery expectations is proving to be challenging. Shifting to even shorter delivery times may need significant investments in technology, facilities, and people. The warehouse is the core of the supply chain, and it is vital to keep the inventory flowing. Managing a warehouse does not only entail floor planning and inventory monitoring but also involves handling the traffic appearing in and out of the warehouse. A WMS should facilitate a firm with managing both incoming and outgoing cargo and transportation.

A WMS can also help facility managers prepare for and resolve a series of organizational challenges drawn in executing same-day or next-day delivery. For example, a WMS lets workers perform their tasks in a more efficient and streamlined manner. Warehouse managers can use the WMS to form rules-based processes to assign the correct tasks to the right people in the correct order. 

Integrated Shipping and Dimensioning Solutions

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Most WMS vendors have added integrated shipping systems to their platforms. A WMS with user-friendly package shipping integration software can ease warehouse shipping, route management, and package tracking to get goods to customers quickly, affordably, and securely. A tool that offers a multi-carrier shipping solution and automatically finds the lowest available shipping rate or fastest option from all carriers is vital for meeting expedited shipping delivery schedules.

Dimensioning is another feature of shipment preparation that can help take the warehouse to the next level. For instance, 3-D technology now makes it easy to determine the best packaging and shipping option. The technology, coupled with WMS, helps save money and time for organizations.

Meet and Go Beyond Customer Expectations

Finally, the consistent execution of the same or next-day delivery can affect customer experience and brand loyalty. Distributors, who recognize this and strive to deliver on customers promise consistently will continue to impress, hold on to them longer and grow the market as a consequence.

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