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Hope Is Not a Strategy When Deciding Which WMS is Right for Your Warehouse or DC

If your warehouse isn’t making you money, it’s costing you money.

Can something as simple as WMS software really help transform your warehouse to a profit center? It can, and it does. You have many options, but finding the right system is where the waters start to muddy. Why? Because it also means picking a partner with a solid track record that also sees the value in building a strong relationship, all while offering software that can scale the same way your business will.

Take a close look at your warehouse or DC. Is there an opportunity to shrink the cost of doing business? When it comes to warehouse operations, the pressure to sharpen your productivity to keep your customer’s experience and expectations at the highest level is a daily test – a test your competitor might be passing with flying colors.

Here are four ways the right WMS will provide vast benefit to your bottom line and operations:

1) Receiving, storage and inventory management. You need the ability to track and manage resources within your warehouse. Manual and paper-based systems won’t cut it. If you’ve ever done a manual cycle count using a pen and clipboard, then you’ll appreciate how time-consuming, disruptive and erroneous the task is.

2) Better shipping and outbound processes. As items get ready for shipping, a WMS has features that can improve the packing, staging and loading processes. The best WMS solutions integrate with ERP systems. A WMS can help reduce transportation costs by automating the choice of carriers based on the shipment – a big relief for warehouses already experiencing growth in the number of smaller, individual parcels attributed to our friend, e-Commerce.

3) Streamlining inbound transportation. We like whiteboards and Excel spreadsheets as much as the next guy, but they aren’t great tools when it comes to managing inbound transportation. A WMS that automates all operations, from ITM receiving and order picking, to manifesting and truck route/stop management with delivery confirmation translates to gains, including the ability to plan staffing levels and assign equipment when and where it’s needed.

4) Reducing training time while increasing labor visibility. The examples above make sense when it comes to inventory management, shipping and inbound transportation, but what about employee training and performance metrics? What if we told you that integrated RF scanners can reduce training time from two weeks to one day? This is especially important for warehouses with high turnover rates due to seasonality.

If your warehouse or bottom line keeps you up at night, now’s the time to step up to Latitude WMS. Contact us to learn what other users experienced before, during and after deploying Latitude WMS.

Tompkins Industries, Inc.

Customer Spotlight: Tompkins Canada

Looking at You, Tompkins Canada

Customer Spotlight

We have the pleasure of introducing Tompkins Canada, part of the Tompkins Industries family of distributors for hydraulic adapters and fluid power products. Established in 1967, Tompkins Industries has built a strong reputation and loyal customer base thanks to its commitment to exceptional quality and outstanding customer service. In the five decades since it first opened its doors, Tompkins has expanded to 11 locations in the US, with one location in Mississauga, Ontario.

Tompkins offers several services that set it apart from the pack. Not least of these is its same-day shipping guarantee from any of its distribution centers. In addition, Tompkins promises competitive pricing and one of the largest in-stock inventories in the industry, with over 8,000 combinations of hydraulic adapters.

Tompkins knows that when a production line grinds to a halt due to a hydraulic adapter or fitting failure, getting replacement parts as soon as possible can directly reduce downtime. That’s why customers have grown to depend on Tompkins’ fast shipping and 98% fill rate on standard catalog items.

Latitude WMS

“PathGuide’s WMS allows us to grow our business and increase our bottom line without adding bodies in the warehouse,” said Sean McGuinness, general manager of Tompkins Canada. “We are confident that this partnership with PathGuide will help us further support and provide our customers with exceptional service through continuous improvements of warehouse efficiencies.”

Tompkins is just one of PathGuide’s Canadian customers, a roster that includes companies such Chalifour Canada, E.B. Horsman & Son, Red-L Distributors Ltd., and Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd. Latitude has helped these companies improve accuracy, speed and efficiency, provide better customer service, lower labor costs and ultimately increase their revenues. For Tompkins, this ensures that the company can stick to its mission of providing customers with quality parts and service that is second to none.

More Information

For more information about Tompkins and its Mississauga location, visit the company’s website. More information about Latitude WMS can be found here.