What do you understand about logistical efficiency?
Certainly, your answer is something similar to: to fulfill an order with quality, within the agreed period and at the lowest possible cost, that is, ensuring the business margin. It may seem simple and natural, but those in the logistics universe know that this objective depends on the management of a complex scenario: managing people, equipment and area; manage time well; avoid errors and rework; generally depend on third parties; among other challenges.
How can this all be handled manually? How can you make your warehouse more efficient when depending on people who, even with the best intentions, could not understand and act on time in such a dynamic scenario?
It was with this great puzzle in mind that we developed the WMS Rx Slotting module, with the objective of monitoring everything that is happening in the warehouse, from the product being received to the products being loaded onto the shipping vehicles. With specific algorithms, the system can assess demands, inventory levels, availability of space and people and, with that, suggest which tasks should be executed, when and who to involve. The system literally downloads the processes. Slotting is basically composed of three main features:
• Suggested Address
• Active Call
Strategic positions for productivity gains
Defining the most strategic position for each product is a task for the WMS Rx. With address suggestion, the system determines the best positioning of the inventory, organizing the products and lots in addresses that allow them to be located quickly and easily, mainly, in positions that favor picking, after all, the order picking in a warehouse must be seen as a production line, where halting is unacceptable. In addition, all WMS Rx addressing suggestions follow the storage rules for each product, according to its specific characteristics, demand and layout of the DC.
Kanban to decrease the number of movements in the warehouse
The Kanban methodology is important to ensure efficiency in all productive spheres and logistics is no different. That is why the WMS Rx has this solution which allows the entire warehouse turnover to take place due to picking, that is, the processes follow a line that aims to reduce handling and speed up order processing.
This is only possible because the system optimally balances the distribution of products between the various storage areas, such as excess, buffer, fixed and flowrack, maintaining the ideal quantities in each area according to the minimum inventory registered (safety inventory). When this minimum level is reached, the WMS Rx generates a task of replenishing the addresses, avoiding shortage of orders.
In addition to the minimum inventory, other variables are considered by Kanban to create tasks, such as rounding order quantity of the supplier’s packaging, the weight and other attributes of the product, as well as seasonal variations.
The main objective of Kanban is that movement of the inventory is only done when necessary, thus avoiding waste. Other gains obtained in the operation are:
1. Reserving the most valuable addresses for the most expensive products
2. Grouping products at nearby addresses to reduce the distance traveled
3. Maintaining an organized flow within the storage area
4. Grouped movement of fractionated cargo through multiple ideas
5. Addresses reserved for products in the receiving process
6. Optimization of resources by sharing tasks according to the operator’s role and the equipment used
With Slotting, the products in your warehouse will be handled as little as necessary and at the highest possible speed.
Active call for better use of resources
Just like on a production line, the Just in Time concept must also be applied in a warehouse, ensuring availability of the right product, at the right time and with the right resources. Hence the importance of prioritizing good task execution, an objective that you can easily achieve with the WMS Rx Active Call tool.
Who defines who does what? What should the priority be?
When a new task is generated, the WMS Rx chooses the operator who is available and who has the appropriate equipment to execute it. Priority order is also defined by the system, based on the need and availability of the inventory, mainly in the picking area. With this, the following benefits are achieved:
1. Elimination of disruptions in service due to shortage of the line
2. Reduced effort and headcount
3. Ensuring that the task has been executed
4. Implementation of best practices
5. Reduction in displacement
6. Less dependence on specialized human resources
7. Reduced training costs
8. Reduction in the number of activities/movements
Like Kanban, Active Call is not restricted to picking (fractionated and closed boxes). These solutions are also present in the warehouse processes, line replenishment, inventory and internal movements such as defragmenting the inventory and balancing the picking areas.
An active call system should:
1. Alert tasks for Mobile/RF devices.
2. Support multiple picking modalities.
3. Address tasks according to profile and equipment.
4. Generate a tasks and priorities queue.
5. Create sequential, paperless processes.
6. Run Task Interleaving.
7. Execute and manage automated system tasks.
8. Issue alerts when tasks are not executed as planned.
To coordinate all these tasks and the execution of operations, the WMS Rx has a series of KPIs and dashboards, as well as a notification system that automatically go to the manager, making it easier to monitor the warehouse and make decisions.
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