Preparing Your Supply Chain for EWM
Warehouse Management (WM) has tremendous hidden potential to automate and streamline processes if utilized correctly and the possibilities only multiply when moving to Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). The time is now to carve the path forward, know what functionalities are moving, understand what new capabilities are coming down the pipeline, and start preparing. Through prompt action and realignment, you will be positioning your organization’s warehouse to transform and sustain enduring supply chain improvements.
At a time when customers expect goods faster than ever before, period of disruption can become an obstacle to fulfilling world-class Available to Promise (ATP) service levels. The disruption to warehouse efficiency can come from many sources: demand volatility caused by a “black swan” event or a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake. Or it could flow from a new product introduction—a new iPhone model or Fitbits, for example—or a particularly successful marketing campaign that causes demand to surge above supply. Unexpected fluctuation, when the supply chain is not meticulously automated and managed, has the power to cripple warehouse material flow, both inbound and outbound.
Fortunately, there are many strategies and standard tools to help mitigate short-term disruptions and risks to customers. Times of disruption are the perfect opportunity to assess your supply chain traceability and visibility.
Make a commitment to beginning the housekeeping and resetting now. By doing so, you position your WM to pay future dividends. As you change and reconfigure the system, keep the end goal in mind: to migrate to EWM with its emphasis on logistics efficiencies, services and costs.