Wholesale distribution companies are faced with cutting costs and dealing with many external factors from the economy to the government. A recent survey points out that the top three plans for cutting costs are:
- Improving employee productivity
- Streamlining and automating processes
- Reducing overhead
The NorthStar WMS can address all 3 of the cost cutting plans for wholesale distribution companies and do it on a tight budget.
The global growth of e-commerce and omni-channel retailing are the most influential factors driving the reason to move to a WMS. E-Commerce sales are growing rapidly and Amazon and other e-commerce giants are redefining the retail experience with next-day delivery and free returns. This paradigm shift increases both the importance of and operational burdens on fulfillment operations.
With the increased complexity of multiple channels and the increased cost and labor requirements of e-commerce fulfillment the NorthStar WMS was developed with the for fulfillment companies to enable and support more frequent and dynamic waves, increased piece picking, and modified processes per packing and shipping. Fulfillment can now look to automate and manage this costly, labor-intensive process with the NorthStar WMS.
The recent 20th annual 3rd Party Logistics Study points out that the higher profit opportunities for the 3PL market are clients that are demanding a strategic, IT-intensive and customer-facing solution. Overall, the most frequently cited technologies needed by 3PLs are those that have more execution and transactional-based capabilities, a WMS being a core requirement.
The NorthStar WMS provides the transactional-based capabilities and more to give the 3PL market the tools needed to keep their customers, take customers from their competition and be proactive in their market space.
As it relates to process manufacturing the NorthStar WMS has a work order module for generating a recipe for picking raw material to WIP and tracking per lot to finished goods. Traceability is a requirement in process manufacturing , the NorthStar WMS nails it with lot tracking and serialization, which are end results from real-time and time / date stamping functionality.
Tracking sub-assemblies to a finished kit per Discrete manufacturing requirements is standard functionality, how far inventor needs to be tracked through WIP per work cell or machine is configurable per your requirements.
- Allergen control
- Expiration Date Control
- Audits / FDA and 3rd Party
- Record Keeping
- Government Compliance
- Customer Requirements
If you’re in the food industry, what is keeping you up at night? We have implemented the system into multiple food industries such as fresh produce, bakery operations and a food 3PL. We have an investment group that runs food companies so we have a vested interested interest in providing a solid option for getting to sleep better at night.