What new challenges will warehouse management software face in 2016?

Posted by Steve Bayley 5 Feb, 2016

What new challenges will warehouse management software face in 2016?

Supply chains are constantly evolving, and businesses need to be prepared to adapt if they want to survive. We’ve taken a look at some of the biggest challenges facing warehouses in 2016, and how warehouse management software (WMS) can help to tackle them. 

Protect perishable products with warehouse management software 

According to Warehouse & Logistics News, 2016 will be an interesting year for the food logistics industry. Consumers are taking more interest in how their purchases are produced, packaged and transported. In turn, retailers are making changes to reduce their carbon footprint and become more sustainable. 

Warehouse management plays a huge part in this. What happens in the supply chain before food reaches consumers has a huge impact on a retailer’s carbon footprint. Using the right WMS could make a real difference to how food supply chains operate. 

Optimise warehouse management software to support delivery innovations 

Amazon is on a mission to change the face of retail deliveries, according to Retail Dive.   

The online retail giant’s new one-hour delivery service, Prime Now, meets consumer demand for fast and convenient delivery. Amazon added 4,000 new products to the service in time for Christmas, however this offering is only currently available in dense urban areas. 

However, such speedy services put a lot of pressure on a retailer’s WMS. Thanks to strong revenue, the online giant can shoulder the high cost of these services. In order to compete with Amazon, other retailers may choose to work with third-party services to provide same-day shipping, or focus efforts on flexible click and collect offerings. However, all of these innovations require a supportive and adaptable WMS. 

Flexible warehouse management software needed to cope with driver shortages 

The UK is currently experiencing a significant shortage of HGV drivers, and this has left some companies struggling to staff commercial vehicle fleets. While this is primarily a transport problem, it can impact significantly on warehouse operations. 

By using the right WMS, warehouse operators can maximise stock availability and visibility, minimise pick errors and reduce picking times. This reduces the time between order receipt and availability of stock for shipment, freeing up more time for drivers to make deliveries. It can also mean that more drops can be made per vehicle, increasing fleet efficiency further. 

Topics: Warehouse management