Qc Software Wcs Profiled for Business Excellence

By: Thomas Cutler

Manufacturing journalist Thomas R. Cutler contributed to the current issue of the Business Excellence; the feature titled, "Leaning the Warehouse" details why a warehouse control system (WCS) is well suited to working with a lean six sigma initiative.

According to Cutler, WCS directs real-time data management and the interface responsibilities of the material handling system as well as providing common user interface screens for monitoring, control and diagnostics. WCS systems must be entirely flexible and scalable.

Beyond software selection and implementation, there are mechanisms and tools for handling specific and measured process improvement. Selecting replacement, supplementary or new warehouse management software applications is a multi-step undertaking involving a wide range of skills. Finding the best fit will vary in every set of circumstances.

A checklist of WCS areas of expertise must include:
&bull Operations audits
&bull Supply chain strategy development and master planning
&bull Process analysis and optimization
&bull Location modeling, transportation, logistics, and distribution network analysis
&bull Inventory analysis and control
&bull Vendor/supplier collaboration
&bull Material handling equipment (MHE) requirements
&bull Analysis, specification development, and bid administration
&bull Warehouse management system (WMS) requirements
&bull Project management, systems integration, and implementation

WCS vendors must develop a strategic partnership with a manufacturing and distribution firm in which there is a clear understanding of the organization's unique shipping needs, and actively assist in reaching and measuring cost reduction goals and service needs.

Warehouse control systems must address numerous challenges from multiple angles and perspectives, but if these are met they can produce benefits including a greater return on assets, increased operational capacity, reduced labor costs, increased inventory turns, an increase in picking and shipping accuracy, shorter process cycle times and improved customer satisfaction.

According to Jerry List, vice-president of QC Software (www.QCSoftware.com), "Implementation of a WCS system requires an experienced supplier who should be able to provide streamlined project cycle, single-point of accountability and have a deep knowledge of distribution operations. This can only be achieved through the experience gained from a history of successful projects.

The solutions provided by QC Software enables companies to streamline their warehouse operations with the lowest total cost of ownership in the industry ensuring increased corporate profitability.

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