WMS en­hances sup­ply chain vis­i­bil­ity

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work­ing at ef­fi­ciency lev­els of more than 90 per­cent. A pull sys­tem based on ac­tual de­mand has now re­placed a push sys­tem that ran on fore­casted de­mand. For ex­am­ple, pre­vi­ously, for cat­e­gories like fash­ion, stock con­sist­ing of a few pieces of ap­parel could not be traced, whereas to­day even the last piece can be traced.

The In­for WMS has also helped the com­pany ra­tio­nal­ize its ware­house struc­ture de­sign de­ci­sions. “The com­pany is now able to han­dle a very large num­ber of SKUs and en­sure 100 per­cent stock ac­cu­racy as the stock is to­tally vis­i­ble on­line. It is also pos­si­ble to do stock corrections in real time since all en­tries are on­line,” ex­plains Sa­muel.

The speed of pro­cess­ing too has im­proved. The com­pany now re­ceives goods on a sam­pling ba­sis. Pre­vi­ously, the staff used to scan ev­ery sin­gle con­sign­ment as they were never sure of what a ven­dor is send­ing or not send­ing. Even mi­nor er­rors in SKUs now get cor­rected on­line. La­bor pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly — through the WMS, Fu­ture Sup­ply Chains is now able to mea­sure la­bor pro­duc­tiv­ity and keep a track of what each per­son is do­ing or con­tribut­ing.

The WMS also en­sures that the com­pany has vis­i­bil­ity of stocks across the dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters. While shrink­ages have gone down, stock re­place­ment and re­fill rates have reached an ef­fi­ciency level of more than 90 per­cent. In addition, Fu­ture Sup­ply Chains no longer has to carry out lengthy and man­ual stock checks or do a wall-to-wall count of what is where in the ware­houses. Ear­lier it had to do all th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties by stop­ping the busi­ness for a few days; now it can do the stock check ef­fec­tively without stop­ping the busi­ness.

As a result of the WMS, to­day all ware­houses are work­ing at 99 per­cent ef­fi­ciency. It has also helped in es­tab­lish­ing a process based model of busi­ness, which en­sures min­i­mum shrink­age, high ac­cu­racy and guar­an­teed on-time dis­tri­bu­tion to the cus­tomer.

Post im­ple­men­ta­tion of WMS, the com­pany has reg­is­tered sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment in la­bor ef­fi­ciency and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Fu­ture Sup­ply Chains can now keep a track of what each per­son is con­tribut­ing

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