WMS selection and introduction
Warehouse management: What does the introduction of a new warehouse management system (WMS) bring?
Fast, efficient and flexible. These are ideal properties for warehouse management so that companies can meet the requirements of everyday business and emerging trends. With modern processes, you too can master challenges such as an increasing variety of articles, the handling of customer-specific articles or more frequent deliveries with decreasing order quantities. .A transparent system also enables optimised inventory management. But which of the systems available on the market is right for your company? We support you with the WMS introduction and accompany you in placing your order with the right provider as well as in the implementation.
Selection: Our decisions as part of the WMS implementation are based on validated data
The basis for the WMS selection is an elaborated IT specification sheet. You can also rely on our many years of project experience in this regard. Our consultants are available to you as a contact person as part of the IT process planning.
With the IT specifications and via our access to the warehouse management database of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (IML) we identify potential providers for you. In a large number of our projects, online selection has helped us to make reliable decisions for our customers looking for efficient solutions for their processes. All information from the system providers recorded in the database is validated annually on the basis of a detailed questionnaire. When making a selection tailored to your requirements, we take into account complex structures that have to be integrated and the requirements of various users on your part – from warehouse workers to controllers.
The result: You will receive a shortlist made by us with potential suppliers whose systems can meet your requirements.
Awarding: We conduct the dialogue between you and the providers
After sending the specifications to the selected provider, we accompany the award process. For you this means: We compare the incoming offers with the requirements in the specifications and discuss possible gaps and open questions with the respective representatives. Our consultants conduct the further dialogue between you and your negotiating partners, for whom we are also the contact for possible queries. So we approach the final offers for your project for the WMS introduction round by round.
We compare the existing concepts with regard to all functions, flexibility, sustainability and monetary aspects. A benefit analysis, which our consultants then carry out, is the basis for our recommendation to you.
Implementation: After the award is before the WMS introduction
At the time the recommendation was made, you have already taken a big step towards your new WMS. But: The subsequent phase of the WMS introduction still requires the greatest attention. It is important to prepare for a smooth transition and a successful production start. Our customers often give us the feedback that it was helpful for them not only to have a competent contact person at their side during the planning, but also to support the WMS implementation.
After the assignment, all functions to be implemented must be defined in a specification. In this regard, we set up workshops in which all the details for implementing the functions, processes and requirements in the system are defined.The functional specification is the basis for the future system and is therefore of fundamental importance for smooth operation. We pay attention to a precise formulation of the provider in order to avoid misunderstandings below. In the past, our consultants have proven time and again that they can successfully design and lead such mandatory workshops.
For a smooth go-live, the system must be extensively tested and your employees must be trained in detail. In both cases you will receive support from our consultants. A detailed training and deployment plan is the basis for the resource planning of your employees.
We accompanied the WMS implementation for the following customers, among others: beeline , Boltze , pfenning logistics , Siemens and Vedes .
Trust in the competence and experience of our consultants – from the implementation and commissioning of new systems to the acceptance of the IT processes. We accompany your company step by step as part of the WMS introduction. Contact us using the contact form on this page or contact your contact person directly (see above). In a first conversation you can tell us about your project and ask your questions.