Warehouse management systems (WMS) developer Indigo Software is exhibiting at the co-located Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX 2023, and will be showcasing solutions to help SMEs understand how to ease the challenges resulting from higher inflation, disrupted raw material availability, labour shortages and higher energy prices using a WMS.
According to Indigo Software, a WMS could provide many of the answers to common problems for companies for which full automation with robotics is out of reach financially.
Indigo’s supply chain consultants will be on-hand to help at Stand i614 and offer guidance on the easiest and most cost-effective ways to introduce automation into a warehouse; this can be done, the company claims, by using either its flagship Indigo WMS or a new, rapid ROI solution, Indigo QuickStart.
Four key areas Indigo targets with the solutions that will be on display are automated stock management, automated stock counting, automating routine and repetitive tasks and integrating processes.
In addition to this, rising prices and property shortages mean warehouse space has become more expensive. Indigo WMS can reportedly help organisations make more efficient use of warehousing, with 20-30% savings possible.
For example, Indigo WMS automates put-away to maximise space utilisation, identifying the best places to store items based on available spaces, monitoring how frequently items will be picked and where they should be placed in the warehouse, and whether items need special storage considerations.
According to Indigo Software, shrinkage can be a real problem in warehouses but completing a regular stock count is effectively dead time that could be better spent elsewhere. Perpetual inventory management ensures that any stock discrepancies are found far quicker than would be the case in a four walls count.
Indigo’s WMS was developed to take care of everything by tracking likely stock requirements based on historical ordering patterns and automating the replenishment reminders.
What’s more, automating routine and repetitive processes in the warehouse helps to minimise the impact of labour shortages and higher wage costs. Employees can frequently represent up to 50% of warehousing costs and using a WMS from Indigo will mitigate the impact of human errors, plus optimise resource utilisation. The potential savings can be very significant, Indigo Software has said.
“Ultimately, a WMS cannot completely shield your business from a difficult economic environment, but it can most definitely provide a high level of insulation,” said Eric Carter, solutions architect at Indigo Software.
“Indigo WMS can help you become super canny about minimising costs, so that your resources can stretch further and profits are less impacted.”
Learn more about Indigo Software’s WMS solutions by paying the company a visit at Stand i614 at Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX 2023 on the 28 and 29 March at the NEC Birmingham.