WMS enhances supply chain visibility
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