Implementing a modern warehouse management system (WMS) is useful to ensure the scalability and functionality of supply chains. While numerous WMS applications offer different benefits and capabilities, common threads exist around WMS implementation and go live plans. Supply chain leaders should know WMS implementation challenges, as well as WMS best practices to execute a WMS go-live date successfully.
Before getting into the WMS best practices for a successful go-live date, supply chain leaders need to understand the common challenges in WMS implementation. According to Charlie Tanner via Logistics Management, these include:
Supply chain leaders can transform the list of challenges into WMS best practices to streamline implementation. For example, creating the change management team, working with a third-party integrator, such as Veridian, leveraging automated system testing, and ensuring proper, thorough training will support a successful go live. Above all else, warehouses must choose the proper time to go live. Supply chain executives and managers should choose a go-live date during the period with the lowest demand on the system.
The decision to invest in a WMS is an opportunity to increase profitability and efficiency in your supply chain. However, the process should be well-planned, well-executed, and detail-oriented.
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