Thursday, January 30, 2014

Warehouse Management System Seminar Aimed at Freight and Logistics Supply Chain Users

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UK – Switching to a new warehouse management system (WMS) can be a scary prospect for any freight forwarding or manufacturing outfit. The likelihood is that when a company decides to make the move which can push their company into the 21st century with a modern IT stock control and release package, the people responsible are often out of touch with the variety of options available and possibly bewildered by the range of supply chain technology which can be fitted to their own logistics requirements.

Now Midlands based Proteus Software and Manchester headquartered TouchStar Technologies, suppliers of WMS and mobile computing solutions respectively, are together hosting a free seminar that aims to guide warehouse operators through the key criteria to consider when selecting a WMS and demonstrate how a system’s return on investment time can be accurately calculated.

The event, which takes place at Proteus’s Birmingham offices on March 5th 2014, will feature keynote presentations and a panel discussion in the morning and, following a buffet lunch, the afternoon session will combine further presentations and a demonstration of the Proteus/TouchStar Cost Benefit Analysis Grid, a methodology that allows warehouse operators to quickly define the most cost efficient type of WMS for their business. Linda Rodway, Market Development Manager at Proteus Software, explains:

“The WMS that is right for a warehouse or distribution centre operation will be influenced by a host of factors, including the picking methodology employed, the frequency of picks and the size of the operation. WMS can be delivered to work with paper-based picking systems, voice technology and RF devices.

“Potential WMS adopters might, on the face of it, think that a paper-based WMS represents the cheapest option. However, careful analysis of the company’s operation and intralogistics processes will often highlight that, for example, RF Scanning, although initially requiring a greater investment, will deliver a complete return on investment within 18-24 months or, in many cases, less. Our Cost Benefit Analysis Grid provides an accurate timescale of when a system will pay for itself and takes into account factors such as operational efficiency gains made and reductions in labour costs. It also provides full visibility of the detailed calculations.”

The forthcoming Proteus/TouchStar WMS efficiency seminar in Solihull is free to attend and further details are available from Linda Rodway, Proteus Software Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 121 717 7474