Despite the advantages of warehouse management system software, some warehouses have taken far too long to adopt the technology.
What gives? WMS technology has slowly entered the warehouse space for 10 years, but the implementation rate is at a glacial pace. In fact, the survey revealed that some facilities are still using Excel as their prime operating system; others are using Quickbooks, an accounting software. WERC analysts say that respondents are concerned about cost, but one of the overriding reasons is the perception that implementation can take too much time.
Other survey insights:
- Voice-directed picking has grown the fastest over the last 10 years; Almost a quarter of respondents use the technology compared to just 6% in 2008.
- Usage of conveyors, carousels, and advanced shipping notification has declined since 2008.
The good news is that nearly 70% of respondents have implemented WMS software. The benefits are obvious: Greater transparency, efficiency, cost savings, analytics, ability to deliver e-commerce fulfillment, and opportunities for growth. Warehouses that are running systems that are disconnected from the digital supply chain are susceptible to falling farther behind their logistics partners — And the competition, which will guarantee customers faster and more efficient service.
If you are operating your facility with WMS software, what are the prime benefits to your company? If you don’t yet have WMS software, at what point do you see your company implementing one? Let us know in the comments below!