Finding the right WMS for your organization can be a considerable search because there are many WMS’es out there and there are a lot of factors to take into account when selecting a WMS. Of course the investment is important and this goes beyond the purchase alone because after implementation there is always an ongoing optimization needed. In addition, there are factors such as scalability, safety, reliability, specific functionalities and customization. Certainly the latter is something where the alarm bells start ringing at many companies because customization is always closely related to the investment that has to be made.
Choose a WMS with your teamTo make the right choice for a WMS it is crucial to map out exactly what is needed in the short term, but also what should be possible in the longer term. This way a well-considered decision can be made. In order to ensure that you can make a good decision, it is important to make these considerations with the right team. We therefore always advise you to involve your team from the start in all choices and therefore also in the choice for a system to be purchased. So don’t only involve your IT manager, but also a team leader, the warehouse manager, your database manager, a WMS expert and last but not least a Go Live Team that is involved both during and after Go Live to optimize the system. In the case of upgrading and integrating multiple systems, a specialist in integration will also be a smart addition. Implementing and optimizing a WMS is a major operation for many organizations. The team responsible for the WMS often has its hands full with implementing, configuring and testing where it is all too often the case that multiple systems have to communicate with each other that were not actually made for this. In this case, another important factor can arise: security. Security is not only about the physical stock and a good understanding of who is present where in the logistics process, but also about the security of all hardware and software. In order to ensure that you can run a better and safer process, we have listed a number of tips for you:
1. Realize the importance of safe processesIt all starts with ensuring that your organization recognizes the importance of good security. This also ensures that protocols to guarantee this safety are better monitored. The people in the organization, including yourself, are the biggest risk when it comes to security. If all employees are not well aware of this, you as an organization are easily at risk. A few examples:
- Is there a policy for the use of (foreign) USB sticks?
- Do all employees have strong passwords?
- Are employees allowed to use their mobile devices in other locations including free and therefor unsecure Wi-Fi networks?
- Is there a protocol in case of theft or loss of a (mobile) device?