Indigo Software has designed a new rapid return on investment (ROI) warehouse management system (WMS), Indigo QuickStart, that can be fully implemented in weeks, rather than months, to very quickly address the most pressing challenges that businesses with warehouse operations are currently facing. These challenges impact every aspect of running a warehouse and have arisen for a number of reasons, including changing retail habits, Brexit, the Covid pandemic and even the perception of logistics as a career choice.
Today, more people than ever are shopping online and Indigo QuickStart provides a fast, cost-efficient and risk-free way for a warehouse previously catering to a B2B customer base to adapt its operations. This means it can sell directly to end consumers thereby capitalising on the global e-commerce and q-commerce booms. A previously paper based warehouse can be fully automated and able to offer real-time B2C e-commerce with same day delivery within just a few weeks. Indigo QuickStart also provides they key warehouse management features required in cold chain environments, including efficient stock rotation capabilities and full traceability audit reporting for food safety compliance.
Every warehouse has needed to adapt working patterns to keep operatives safe from Covid-19. Doing this without impacting on order throughput levels can be challenging, but Indigo QuickStart makes it easy. Zone picking, with pickers allocated set zones of the warehouse to work in can be introduced automatically and the software also helps management to re-plan stock locations according to sales order frequencies.
Black Friday, Eid, Diwali, Hanoukah and Christmas are all just around the corner and mean extra busy periods in warehouses. In an attempt to circumvent the widely reported product shortages or shipping delays and avoid being caught without enough stock, many businesses have stockpiled ahead of time. It can mean chaos in the warehouse, but Indigo QuickStart allow warehouses to efficiently house over 30% more stock than usual by providing real-time location management. Stock can be put away wherever there is a space and always be located by pickers in minutes.
The current lorry driver shortage is also set to have an impact on the warehousing sector, as operatives working in warehouses start to reconsider their career choices and retrain as HGV drivers. It’s a more highly paid profession and means warehouse management need to plan ahead for retraining new staff losing valuable logistics operational knowledge due to employee turnover. Automating with Indigo QuickStart minimises any business disruption created by these issues and new starters can be working efficiently in minutes.
Indigo QuickStart is being delivered by Indigo Software’s team of leading industry supply chain experts and includes a free site assessment with resource/operational optimisation consultation and technology review.
Further information about Indigo’s QuickStart Program is available from Indigo Software’s website at: www.indigo.co.uk/indigo-wms/quickstart.