The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

Project Future Savings – The Fourth Step in Selecting the RIGHT WMS

December 8th, 2017

Before a new warehouse management system (WMS) can be advocated, a company must first know the business implications associated with adopting it. This blog outlines how to identify and dollarize the key areas where financial savings can likely be achieved with a new WMS.

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Define the Future State – The Third Step in Selecting the RIGHT WMS

November 2nd, 2017

Designing the processes which will be used in the future state of the distribution center is one of the most critical steps of a WMS selection process, and both an art and a science. This post, “Define the Future State,” is number three in the series, “How to Choose the Right WMS,” which outlines the steps of a proper WMS selection process.

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Define the Current State – The Second Step in Selecting the RIGHT WMS

September 30th, 2017

This blog describes step two of the warehouse management software selection process, “Define Current State,” which involves documenting the learnings from step one, “Discovery,” in a way that allows them to be used in subsequent phases.

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Getting to Know Your Distribution Center – The First Step in Selecting the RIGHT WMS

August 13th, 2017

Perhaps the most important way to ensure a successful Warehouse Management Software (WMS) project is to begin by thoroughly understanding the operational requirements. This blog describes the first step of a proper WMS selection process, “Discovery” – or, in some cases, “re-Discovery” of the day-to-day requirements of the distribution center.

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10 Ways to Achieve E-Commerce Distribution Success, Part I0 of 10 – Improve Wave Management

October 14th, 2016

Tactic #10: Improve Wave Management

The forms of material handling automation covered in Part IX can create tremendous labor savings in the order picking process, largely through the creation of very large pick waves. Rather than accessing the same pick face several hundred times to pick a fast moving item, the entire supply of that item may be picked at one time and then separated by order using either a manual put-to-store process, or automated unit sortation technology such as a tilt-tray, cross belt, or bomb-bay sorters. These processes and technologies can contribute to ultra-high pick rates, but can sometimes create an unintended consequence.

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