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Improving Warehouse Operations

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Posted in CoreWarehouse News on April 25, 2013

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One of the challenges warehouses face is trying to keep in stock the least product possible that still allows them to fill all orders that come in.  As products ship out and aren't replenished, this causes the warehouse to fall below the minimum amount of product they should have to ensure a 100% fill rate.  Instead, imagine that as soon as this occurs, a real-time alert gets sent to the buyer/planner, via e-mail, so that the product replenishment can be purchased and delivered. 

Such a hypothetical scenario is just one instance in which automated warehouse alerts save time, enhance efficiency, and improve service.  Automated warehouse alerts can Improve Warehouse Operations with Automatic Alertsalso be implemented in such situations when:

  • inventory levels are low
  • shipments are received
  • shipments are sent
  • purchase orders change
  • order issues occur
  • inventory discrepancies occur
  • Additionally, users can create any event

And, because alerts are sent through e-mail in real-time, the possible benefits to warehouses are phenomenal.  Being able to quickly replenish stock inventory and promptly fix any discrepancies saves a warehouse an unprecedented amount of time and reduces backorder handling.  

The ability to instantly know where orders are, know immediately when products are sent and received, and know exactly when there's a problem, significantly increases a warehouse's visibility and thus its overall efficiency. 

Active warehouse alerts can also be used for sending confirmation and invoice receipts automatically as soon as a product is received, thereby triggering faster payment of invoices and increasing revenue.

With automated alerts and active messaging, a warehouse can provide better overall customer service.  This is because automatic alerts keep the customer informed with real-time information as opposed to waiting for them to call and ask for it.  And, by automating a process that is currently done manually, warehouse alerts free-up the customer service representatives allowing them to provide the next level of support to customers. 

As a result, the benefits of automated warehouse alerts are overwhelming.  By implementing this type of system, a warehouse can expect to save time and money, increase visibility, enhance customer service, and best of all, improve overall efficiency.  And since tracking, control, and accuracy are crucial in the warehouse, automated alerts can optimize day to day operations in any supply chain.

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