THE NEED FOR LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

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Logistics management software has disrupted the traditional flow and process of supply chain management. This is down to the automation of a lot of systems, and the ability to streamline the entire supply chain effectively.

In fact, the adoption of the software has resulted in a change in the heart of the supply chain altogether. As logistics becomes faster and more efficient due to the software, other processes have followed suit.

This includes the way in which inventory is held, products distributed and the material goods are chosen. Production in itself has had to develop under these new conditions. Logistics management software has set the bar for how companies conduct their day to day services.

The reason for this is that the efficiency of all of these factors became the determiner for success or failure. The rise in production leads to a rise in supply and ultimately an increase in demand.

The adoption of the new software allowed organisations to invest time in the improvement of each department. The results have been noticeable as everything from the process, to the operations and delivery has improved.

According to a study done in 2018:

– Supply chain market research reveals that 69% of companies don’t have comprehensive visibility of their supply chains.

– Only about 22% of corporations have a supply chain network that is proactive.

– Roughly 62% of companies have restricted the clarity of their supply chain.

– 15% barely have visibility on their production.

– 6% report complete visibility and 17% have prolonged supply chain visibility.

– Supply chain visibility is amongst the uppermost strategic advantages of companies worldwide.

The report goes on to say that by 2020, the driving force of the supply chain will be to improve customer service. As we have seen, this has come to pass as there is a larger focus on the enhancement of customer experience through the improvement of company systems.

Logistics management software allows a company to plan effectively. Moreover, it provides a business with the opportunity to look at the small details, while taking stock of the bigger picture.

On top of this, it also helps businesses in the development of a number of different supply chain pathways.

Companies with the right logistics management software have found our current period smoother than others. The COVID-19 pandemic affected all facets of logistics and distribution.

However, the truth is that with the right software, contingency plans were set in motion long before the occurrence of the disease.

When you choose the right software provider, you are choosing experts in the market and industry.

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THE BENEFITS OF INVENTORY CONTROL SOFTWARE

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Inventory control software is fast becoming more of a necessity than a choice in today’s market. With the ability to track inventory levels, orders, sales, and deliveries, your business will be on top of its game.

Your business will be able to run at an optimum level day in and day out, you will be prepared for whatever comes your way. Not only will there be a noticeable improvement in the services you provide, but the software is also coupled with a variety of other benefits. The Advantages Of Using Inventory Control Systems

Forte Warehouse Solutions provides inventory control software that will improve how you run your business.

The inventory control systems allow you to ensure operations are running as efficiently as they can. Your productivity will increase as every department will be on top of things constantly.

The ability to manage stock levels, while providing analysis and reports is a key function of the system. You will be able to see which products are selling at a faster rate than others. A product’s polarity will indicate which sales channels are working more effectively than others.

You will be able to make better buying decisions in the future, increasing your profits.

Another benefit is the fact that you will be able to decrease your overall costs. With this, you will be able to increase your sales, and therefore your profits.

By being able to manage costs easier, you will minimize the amount of loss of sales you will have. Inventory control systems allow you to buy the stock which you need, decreasing the stock you will hold.

This improves the amount of money you will be spending on warehouse storage costs.

A great advantage of the system is that you will be able to conveniently integrate it into your entire business. The system will be seamlessly included in the entire plans and executions of your distribution.

Roles will be defined much easier, leaving little to be confused about. Productivity will improve as tasks that needed to be done manually can now be done instantly by the system.

Communication will be far better, leading to much more work being done, than questions being asked.

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CHANGES IN WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE & SYSTEMS

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Warehouse management systems are something that a lot of distribution companies take for granted. A well-oiled machine will always outperform that which is in disarray.

The incorporation of these systems into your day to day life will allow your business to run smoother. Your business will never be behind the time with our software as it is constantly being updated, with new innovations being implemented.

What does the future hold for these management systems? What does the future hold for your business?

Forte Warehouse Solutions: The Future Of Warehouse Management

The warehouse industry itself will change over the next several years. With new systems and operating systems available to you, will you choose to sink or swim?

When you have the right system in place this ensures that the supply chain is run as effectively as possible. When both your business and your clients are happy, success is guaranteed.

Statistics on WMS impact on expenditure:

– Labour utilisation 10-45%
– Inventory reduction 5-40%
– Warehouse utilisation 10-40%
– Picker productivity 10-50%
– Shrinkage 50-99+%
– Increase shipping accuracy to 99%
– Increase supplier conformance 99% +
– Customer service 10-50%
– Increased inventory availability 10-50%

The rapid development of new and streamlined technologies will help to eliminate warehouse management confusion. By investing in warehouse solution systems, you will be able to decrease issues in reaction time.

Mobile technologies seem to be the next phase in warehouse management.

You have the ability to send and receive all the necessary information with a click of a button using your phone. All reporting will be done instantly and will be stored in the data centre immediately.

We have seen this start to become more and more popular as time goes on. However, it is safe to say that in the near future, a distribution business succeeds with an integrated mobile approach.

Customer care and attentiveness are two factors, which in the future, will be vital for success. Re-shoring and omnichannel transactions will be the main connection between the business and the client.“The customer is always right”, will never ring more true than right now.

What this means is that your business will need to be more than just a storage space. Your business will need to be able to convert into a company that provides more.

This more is represented through the ability to improve inbound, outbound, and storage material handling. All facets of the distribution service will need to be at an optimum level for success.

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WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TRENDS WITHIN THE FMCG E-COMMERCE GROWTH

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The fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector is facing unprecedented change in the face of growing e-commerce volumes and the need for increased speed of delivery.

As volume move towards on-line platforms from in-store shopping and the speed of delivery increases as customers become more demanding, the pick and pack of goods will have to become more efficient. Here are some trends within the warehouse software space that helps support the growth of e-commerce expectations:

There is an increase in voice picking solutions, which is more hands-free and faster. There are further trends towards more pick to light systems with mobile put walls. This

pick to light is a light-directed picking technology that provides an accurate and efficient method of paperless picking, putting or sorting, and assembling products, while put walls are a cost-effective way to assemble multi-line orders for e-fulfillment. In a put wall, a warehouse management system (WMS) disaggregates the order lines from different customer orders.

The automation with robotics and artificial intelligence solutions would increase across the supply chain. South Africa is already starting to enquire about the availability of these products locally and there are increased inquiries for local suppliers offering support.

As warehouses and distribution centres have had to operate at the same or even better levels but with a reduced number of staff, the FMCG sector has seen some real challenges in the past few months.

If one considers the increase in online-shopping and expected delivery turnaround times, the last mile distribution can now include the stores where customers can either collect or have goods delivered.

Pick and pack for these deliveries is from the closest most convenient place, if not the DC’s then from within the stores especially for the more outlying areas. This is a challenge for the store when it comes to demand planning as they now have to cater to both in-store and on-line orders simultaneously.

In light of this changing environment demand planning for stock to stores especially where expiry dates and shelf-life were involved were critical.

This is where data collection and interrogation will have to play a big part in helping to forecast demand per area.

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BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE FOR INTEGRATED SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEMS

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Application Programming Interfaces or APIs are proving to be just what the new world of remote interaction needs.

According to Forte Data Solutions, APIs are the solution to allowing systems to work together more efficiently and faster, while people work more and more remotely.

APIs enable new digital products and business models and create new business channels. They provide the ability to query the real-time status of an order, product, or shipment easily throughout the digital supply network ecosystem.

Thus providing the ability to reflect these connected data strings in one central dashboard.

Successful companies view central dashboards and business intelligence as a solution to a business problem rather than a technology implementation.

Innovative companies look beyond discrete IT solutions. They develop a strategy that incorporates business objectives, available technology, the company’s legacy technology, supply chain processes, and governance.

For many executives, taking the first steps forward can feel like walking an obstacle course in the dark. The market is full of conflicting information about what true central visualization of the supply chain entails. Creating a central visualization that covers the entire supply chain is a huge strategic effort, but there’s no need to wait for the perfect solution. Leadership teams can lay the foundations in a series of logical steps that deliver immediate gains.

Forte Data Solutions’ FLOW platform-as-a-service recently launched an additional integration adaptor targeted at the transport industry. This integration involves a prominent telematics provider with an equally widely used customizable transport management software in South Africa.

This is part of our strategy with FLOW-connect to integrate best of breed transport telematics systems and truck driver handheld device software providers, with transport management software tools.

By offering these APIs, we strive to eliminate user double capturing and the seamless flow of transactions through the business process.

Once integration between systems is established, we then provide the ability for the combined data sources to be viewed in a central web-based portal via FLOW-visibility. Data becomes information, once users can relate and make decisions with it. We strive to reach this goal by deploying more API’s and then displaying the data in a readable and industry-relevant manner.

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