Today’s warehouse professionals are working in uncharted waters. Modern delivery demands just keep climbing, and warehouse employees count themselves among the most prized workers in the employment pool. As operations expand, with Amazon’s newest multistory warehouse expected to come in at 2.5 million square feet, establishing well-thought-out, efficient organizational methods is becoming increasingly important.
For most operations, the answer to effective monitoring of products, parcels, and people lies in warehouse management systems (WMS). These tech tools are specifically designed to aid in inventory control, guide product picking, and assist employees in their day-to-day duties.
While technology is ever-improving, a recent survey of industry professionals conducted by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) found that a full 35% of warehouses were not using WMS as of this year. In fact, some were still operating in Microsoft Excel, or even making use of manual systems. How, and why?