Is your warehouse bursting with inventory? Or are you experiencing stock out problems and inconsistent assortments?
In the agile and detail-oriented world of soft goods and specialty industries, the strategies that make a company competitive are limited by an inability to execute control when moving product. Coordinating logistics operations and controlling the distribution of goods can require extensive manual effort without the right system in place.
Vision WMS is an integral part of the management of the supply chain, incorporating key functionality from receiving and quality verification to inventory management and shipping. It allows you to track activities performed in a warehouse setting in order to get your goods out the door.
Ensure the smooth execution of your inventory strategies with the process automation and data continuity of Vision WMS.
Vision WMS receiving feature ensure accurate check-in and efficient handling of goods.
ASN's that have been received and recorded in Vision WMS are used to verify the actual receipt of merchandise as it arrives at the warehouse. If there is any discrepancy between what is expected and what is actually received, a notice is generated reflecting the discrepancy (or adjusted discrepancy) and sent to the vendor.
ASN receiving can be fully supported at both a carton and pallet level. When an ASN is scanned, the system can automatically receive the item and quantity that were specified for that carton or pallet during the original ASN transmission. The user also has the ability to override the stored information in the case of shortages or damaged shipments.
Purchase orders can be received from the Host ERP system into Vision WMS. On actual receipt of inventory, Vision WMS confirms the inventory details against the purchase orders and will ensure that only the ordered quantity is received.
Cross Docking is the process of moving newly received inventory from a receiving dock to a picking/shipping location to fill an active order.
Cross-docking enables a quick distribution of materials by sidestepping the putaway processes in the distribution centers. Cross docking is an effective way to minimize handling costs, process back orders, and manage just in time inventory requirements.
Goods are returned by customers because they were damaged upon receipt, or the customer simply does not want them (for any number of reasons). Vision WMS supports both the situations and routes the inventory to the specified location such as damaged goods area, second’s area, inventory area and / or repacking area.
Vision WMS provides the ability to tag items for quality inspection upon receipt at the warehouse. The items may be tagged based on the type of inventory or on the supplier. When an item is tagged for quality inspection, Vision WMS will apply predefined rules and algorithms to select a percentage of the items received for diversion for Quality Assurance.
To ensure that all goods stored in the picking area are "ready to ship", Vision WMS provides a Quality Checker that allows an operator to scan the items in a carton and verify that all items in the carton are suitable for shipment. If there are items in the carton that are NOT suitable for shipment, an adjustment is made and the system is updated accordingly.
Vision WMS includes integrated product labeling capabilities as a part of the receiving process to provide for bar coded inventory. Labels may be printed by selecting the Bar Code function from the main menu, and entering or scanning the product number and quantity of labels to be printed.
The Putaway module is used to move goods from staged receiving locations to final storage locations. Based on system configuration settings, goods may be moved to prime locations, locations holding like items, empty locations and more. Users may specify the Putaway sequence or use the system's suggested sequence which directs warehouse staff through the warehouse in an optimized travel path.
The advanced Pick Load module enables you to tailor the picking process. User configurable capabilities may be used to create one or more variants of the mobile pick/load settings or workflow. This flexible configuration capability allows for an optimized order processing approach.
In addition to this flexible configuration capability, the workflow has been optimized using a two-page approach. The main page deals with the transaction details and quantities at an item-level. Where required, a second level is used to handle detailed breakdowns, such as lot and serial information.
Increase operational efficiency by consolidating multiple pick requests for a single item, allowing the user to perform a single bulk pick and then deconsolidate items into their component picks at the drop station.
Bulk Picking supports consolidation across Deliveries or Work Orders. Automate bulk picking consolidation through Pick Release and/or controlled through the Task & Labor Planning Control Board.
The Vision WMS Replenishment module moves items from the stock reserve area to forward pick locations that are running low on items. Maintain maximum and minimum quantities for any item and location. As the on-hand quantity falls below the defined minimum, Vision WMS automatically dispatches replenishment assignment to an operator via RF.
Vision WMS supports validation of carton processing by comparing the physical weight of the carton with the calculated carton content weight allowing for greater shipment accuracy.
Vision WMS supports sortation conveyors that are used for merging, identifying, inducting, and separating products to be conveyed to specific destinations. This increases the productivity in the Distribution Center and reduces the cost of shipping operations. Cartons moving through the sortation system will be checked for weight, quality, and shipping status, and will be processed to the assigned sortation lane.
Vision WMS creates all the appropriate shipping documents such as bills of lading, load consolidation reports and compliance labels. All cartons and pallets are verified as they are loaded onto a truck.
Inventory accuracy is a key requirement of any warehouse. Vision WMS provides for Physical Inventory & Cycle Counting allowing you to maintain inventory accuracy.
Physical Inventory: A physical inventory is a count of what is currently in stock in the warehouse, comparing it to the computer controlled quantities and making any necessary adjustments.
Cycle Counting: Cycle Counting is a method for auditing inventory accuracy and reconciling errors on an ongoing basis rather than performing a complete physical inventory.
Vision WMS enables you to enforce label format requirements based on the customer, item, order type, carrier, or other entities related to the material. Label generation and format selection are performed at predetermined points in the business process, or at user request. All labels formats can be printed at a workstation printer or from a remote RF device printer.
Vision WMS is an invaluable tool for improving your organization's productivity and customer focus.
From a Customer Service perspective, benefits include:
• Better Informed Warehouse Manger - Warehouse Manager has a very clear picture of the status of each customer orders, as a result he can give a true and accurate feedback to the customers. Information like percentage of order that has been completed, expected shipment date and problems in meeting schedule can be passed on to customer for his satisfaction. Advanced shipment notification helps customer in preplanning his further processes.
• Improved Customer Relationship – Vision WMS aids in providing a comprehensive database of customers and their preferences in terms of product demand. This information can be effectively utilized by Customer Care and Business Development departments for Customer Relationship Management.
• Accurate Shipping of Material - The system keeps an intensive check of the goods or stock units meant for different customers and flashes an alarm/warning if the goods meant for one customer are mistakenly placed in cartons meant for other
From a Productivity perspective, benefits include:
• Optimum Utilization of Resources - Automation and streamlining of processes ensures that operational bottlenecks are eliminated and productivity increases. As a result all resources - man, machine, and money are utilized to their optimum level. Apart from the system no additional manpower or special machinery is required in order to automate the process for an efficient and proper handling of the goods.
• Better Efficiencies - Intensive checks are kept at each and every stage which safeguards against possibilities of errors in inventory records. As the items are systematically stored and retrieved, no time is wasted in searching for items not in stock and more than one order can be processed at any given time. This results in the increase of efficiencies, eliminating wastage of time due to errors.
• Better Monitoring - By keeping track of the operator's and staffs' activities, their productivity can be monitored. This aspect is of particular importance in case of productivity based remuneration schemes.
• Multiple Order Processing - More than one order can be processed at any given time helping in better resource utilization.