Integrated WMS with ERP is fast becoming a "must-have" for organizations looking to expand their operations and expand their business.
Integrated WMS into ERP helps businesses reduce the likelihood of making costly mistakes when manually entering a lot of data. It also enables logistics companies to save valuable operational time, resources and costs. Companies can take full advantage of WMS functionality through ERP support. The implemented ERP system drives all operational business processes forward by helping you and your organization manage market changes and customer demands with ease and speed.
The process of implementing WMS in an ERP system includes:
Analyzing warehouse needs
It represents the identification of warehouse requirements and business processes that must be supported by both systems. Analyze current warehouse operations, identify areas for improvement, and scope the WMS and ERP integration project. A detailed functional specification document is created describing how the WMS will support key warehouse processes such as receiving, warehousing, packing and shipping, and how it will integrate with the ERP system.
Analysis of communication flows between warehouse and other departments
It includes identifying the communication channels and processes used and evaluating their effectiveness. This is an analysis of how information is shared between departments, such as stock levels, order status and delivery information. It needs to include an assessment of existing IT infrastructure and systems to ensure that communication flows can be integrated effectively with other systems.
Identifying current issues
Presents a determination of current WMS integration issues. This includes identifying the weaknesses and problems you face in your work in the current warehouse logistics processes. Problems with inventory control systems, errors in picking goods, etc. are determined. that may affect your warehouse operations.
Offering opportunities for optimization
When implementing a WMS, the team can offer several opportunities for optimization of listed warehouse operations: improved accuracy and visibility of inventory; increased productivity and efficiency; reduced labor costs; improved customer service; space optimization and inventory management.
The process of configuring a WMS system for ERP can vary depending on the vendor and the specific needs of your business. Basically, the configuration process involves defining your warehouse layout to meet your changing needs so that you can achieve optimal warehouse efficiency.
Your implementation partner will set up the WMS system according to your needs. Depending on the development need, the technical work may take different time.
After system configuration, various tests need to be performed – functional (user acceptance test) and integration test, where all processes are tested from start to finish, including system integration with other systems such as ERP/e-commerce platform. At the end of the phase, the implemented system is fully tested. The team has created a plan for the final date for the release of the system.
Actual launch of the system
Enable WMS for end users. With well-tested processes and a well-planned system transition, launch should be seamless. To avoid problems arising when the system is launched, communication should be clear and the implementation team should be in place to provide quick support.