A Wisconsin-based distributor of chemicals and adhesives announced earlier this month that it would begin using warehousing software at its facility in Canada to better meet consumer demands.
The warehouse management system will utilize barcode software to provide facility operators with a more complete overview of inventory, tracking details such as an item's shelf life and its original lot number. That way, the company can more quickly and accurately fulfill customer orders and ensure that all necessary supplies are in stock.
"In today's markets, customers demand that their suppliers provide them with what they need, when they need it," said Roger Lee, vice president of the company's specialty chemical distribution. "The objective is to provide an enhancement that fully-insures a benefit to our customers which improves the products and services we provide. The successful implementation of this world-class WMS provides improved alignment within our North America distribution network. Platform consistency and process replication are fundamental keys to our operational goals that increase our efficiencies and add significantly higher customer value."
According to The Strategic Sourceror, the company's announcement is not surprising as more businesses than ever before now require advanced warehouse management systems. In comparison to previous retail models in which physical storefronts were the only way to distribute goods and services to the buying public, ecommerce websites and other emerging trends have significantly boosted the number of ways consumers can purchase items. As a result, warehouses need to ensure that goods are shipped to far more end points, and warehousing software helps companies more accurately track and move items through the supply chain.
Warehouse managers also need to adopt better tracking methods to help companies mitigate the threat of a natural disaster, The Strategic Sourceror said. As the global supply chain becomes more fragmented and prone to disorientation, businesses can ensure that their operations run as smoothly as possible by holistically tracking inventory and supplies from anywhere.