Software can add a great deal to manual operations, through its ability to:
Three main benefits which are very quickly realised are:
It doesn’t need to be and you should expect your supplier to implement the following processes, so that it isn’t.
However if you don’t want to use their API, you can request a bespoke program, although this will be more expensive.
Not if you take a licensed product. It might seem like additional cost, however licensed software gives you much more protection and peace of mind.
Ideally look for a software suite with a scalable modular structure as this will let you add on what you need at the right time for your business. Check out your supplier – experienced suppliers will have warehouse operations experience and are more likely to understand your likely growth pattern. They should help you think about what’s going to add the most value.
Your software set up should automatically log all actions. The real benefit of this is that the raw data can be used to create relevant reports for your business. These can range from year on year comparisons to real time analytics where the data is up to the second providing accurate information there and then.
Reporting requirements are worth considering early on when you go through the URS and FDS.