WMS Implementation Best Practices

Technology solutions should be grounded in a common platform for integration, usability, and analytics.

During the implementation process, the ideal is the three-legged stool approach to planning your warehousing system: configurationpreparation, and resiliency. All three should be addressed together and at each stage of the process. All three require integration of your company’s human capital.

Configure for 100% Uptime

QSSI’s development team will prepare you for a smooth transition to operations using our RESULTS implementation methodology. Together, we’ll define the boundaries and influences on your warehouse environment and map WMS capabilities to meet your expressed objectives.

A robust DISCOVERY process ensures that you’ll maximize potential for WMS performance. We use a proven Solutions Fit Matrix to configure your specific operational requirements and workflow to PowerHouse functionality while specifying any desired modifications. This process protects your assets and optimizes operations throughout the long lifecycle of your warehouse. 

You will save money and resources from day one.

Prepare for Inevitable Change

To prepare for disruptions, you need to plan for unavoidable market shifts. Just how adeptly your people will consider, analyze, and disseminate new information from multiple sources is dependent on at least four key components.

  1. Established Procedures
  2. Operational Programming
  3. Ongoing Training
  4. Technical Maintenance Protocol

A successful WMS implementation achieves balance between thinking outside conventional solutions for perceived supply chain disruptions and optimizing your company’s tried-and-true methods. Track progress with a high-level, actionable project plan identifying major tasks and task dependencies. Move forward with confidence with clearly defined implementation target dates and project deliverables. 

Build Resiliency into Your WMS

QSSI promotes an added value solution for building a resilient system. We measure WMS performance over a facility’s lifetime, which necessitates establishing a reliable baseline based on pre-established business rules and operational parameters. 

Extensive INTEGRATION TESTING ensures that PowerHouse is functionally interactive with other enterprise systems. Initially, your database is duplicated to protect its integrity while still creating an accurate, precise environment for production and testing purposes.

Processes, procedures, and interfaces are tested, adapted, and then tested again. 

We build a highly adaptable and, therefore, resilient platform for data to flow from external systems to PowerHouse where it is processed and transmitted to other systems.

Do Your Due Diligence Prior to Production Go-Live

As PowerHouse comes to life and is proven within the controlled testing environment, we begin an extensive “Train the Trainer” program involving warehouse supervisors, end users, and system administrators. This process acknowledges a critical aspect of best-practice WMS implementation—the need for ongoing due diligence. This ensures that employees have the necessary deep knowledge to make maximum use of the system.

Training cultivates a culture of continuous improvement within your company to ensure that system enhancements are identified and promptly acted upon using optimal methods. 

Furthermore, our support team remains by your side providing continuing expertise. Best practice protocol necessitates that we continue to assess the effectiveness of the solution, as well as consider possible system enhancements, additions, and wish-list items, an anticipated outcome of real-life application.

Our goal is to weave your WMS into your warehouse environment and daily business operations, ultimately, delivering a COMPLETE SOLUTION.

Key Idea no. 1
  • Intellectual capital should be easily accessible.

Key Idea no. 2
  • True preparedness includes operational programming, training, and maintenance.

Key Idea no. 3
  • Response tactics must be individualized. 

The Case for a Fully Integrated TMS

We designed PowerHouse for collaboration with shippers, carriers, and third-party programs.

Having a fully integrated transportation management system as part of your warehousing strategy ensures that the various moving components will play well together. Ultimately, you’ll benefit from optimal parcel shipping conditions and the most efficient route management and delivery coordination with retailers.

Supply Chain Synchronization

Work entirely within the PowerHouse environment or incorporate your current TMS. Both options will result in a highly connected supply chain and a full suite of transportation solutions. However, an embedded TMS offers clear advantages for a complex omni-channel order fulfillment environment.

  1. The supply chain execution (SCE) module leverages both WMS and TMS functions.
  2. You can access real-time decision support systems, including dynamic routing and dynamic rating and routing.
  3. Supply chain visibility is available within your enterprise and throughout the extended supply chain.
Enhanced Fulfillment Capabilities

Smart fulfillment is about being flexible but also prepared for fluctuating freight flows. You’ll want collective management capabilities for inter-modal, parcel, less-than-truckload (LTL), air shipments, and more. When traffic fluctuations become the norm so should your capacity for rapid response and adaptation.

  1. Review detailed analytics.
  2. Orchestrate an intelligent transportation plan.
  3. Make sourcing decisions backed by advanced data collection.
Last Mile Logistics

An embedded TMS results in the most accurate distribution network assessments and, therefore, the fastest delivery possible. Warehouse and transportation management capabilities operate within a single execution system, enabling access to TMS planning and tasking functionality at any time during the order fulfillment process. The bottom line: your customers have a seamless shopping experience.

Final Word

The case for a fully integrated TMS will become even more evident as your transportation operations transform into a profit center and competitive advantage. As your customer expectations evolve, so should your TMS grow with your business.

PowerHouse extends your control beyond the warehouse.

WMS+TMS Capabilities
  • customer-specific routing guides
  • TL, LTL, and parcel shipping
  • rate shopping tables
  • truck loading
  • shipment consolidation
  • compliance documentation
Large-scale Efficiencies
  • fast order fulfillment
  • precision control
  • error prevention
  • enterprise-wide business transparency
  • scalability without modification
System Features
  • certified domestic and international small parcel rating 
  • TL and LTL BOL generation 
  • generic carrier rating, labeling, and electronic manifest 
  • unlimited locations and carrier account numbers
  • automated carrier specific time-in-transit routing 
  • parcel tracking and delivery monitoring 
  • process to hold/future shipping 
  • anywhere-to-anywhere rating 
  • multiple package processing and re-cartonization
  • rate shopping by lowest rate and time-in-transit