A smart WMS solution it is a solution who solve the problem and not create more problems to the customer. We believe that WeBWMS it is a smart and problem-solving solution because we build this solution knowing from the beginning the problems in the warehouse and we already have the solution to solve this problem before to build the solution.
As you already know the picking process consuming a lot of time and resources in the warehouse. All the time that you lose in the picking process you will compensate with more people involve into the process and this means more money in annual salary budget.
I will give you example to understand how WebWMS solve problems. Lets’ say that a picker take an order and the system send his to a specific cell where he picked the products. When picker goes there he saw that the products are not there and it is a mistake (why is happening something like this, even if you have WMS, I will explain you in another post). Some WMS solution has a “skip” button and if the picker hit the button the system will suggest another cell, other WMS solution block the picking process, the picker must go to the supervisor and supervisor solve the problem. None of this solution is smart. First solution will solve problem punctual and will send more picker to that location because in many cases the WMS solution do not “mark” that cell having problems, this means that other pickers goes to that cell and hit skip button. In this case the supervisor does not know that it is a problem and the problem do not solve. The second scenario that I told you it is worse than the first because stop the picking process, stop the supervisor and create a lot of “dead time” and a lot of frustration.
How WebWMS solve this situation?
When pickers go to the cell and he saw that the products it is not there he will put zero on picking quantity and the system send him to another cell where the product has stock. In parallel WebWMS “mark” that cell and will not send another picker to that cell. Supervisor see all of this cells in a report and correct the situation when consider that it is ok or according with the company procedure. That cell was not including in the picking system till the problem is not solve. Sure, that exist another WMS solution in the market that solve this problem smart but you will pay for those solution 5-10 times more than WebWMS (WebWMS software solution is free but you will pay for implementation service and this payment is contractual limited to 14.000 USD).
I will give you another example to understand why is better to work with us. Before to build WebWMS I was logistic business consultant and, when I work with one of my clients I saw that they have a worst floor into the warehouse. To understood the situation the floor was holes in it and the concrete is damage in many, many places. I ask the manager why they do not repair the floor and he told me that it is much cheaper to change the wheels of manual forklift than to repair the floor. That was a correct pint of view…but when I told him that they lose a lot of time on picking process because the workers has a lower speed with manual forklift on that floor than a normal floor and when I measure and show him the result and the money that they lose because of worst floor reduce the speed the manager said to me that next week they start to repair the floor.
Why is important this for you? Because if you work with us we will told you all the situation like this and we saw this because we have consultancy experience and we know to put this problems in financial results, if you work with other WMS supplier because they do not have experience in consultancy maybe they will not see this and even if they saw this they will not be able to give you all the info to understood why is good to take the decision.
Contact me and I will made you an offer to save money on your logistics and supply chain operations.
WebWMS software solution it is a free solution, this means that you will not pay for license and you are free to use complete features of the solution without restriction. Also, if you decide to implement WebWMS it is not mandatory to pay any maintenance annual fee, but you will have 1-year guarantee for any bug or software problems.
On the software implementation process you have some steps to perform to fulfill the process. I want, in the following section, to present this steps with cost if you decide to implement WebWMS, free WMS solution in your organization:
Map you process. This is a very important step because if you do this step correctly you can have a good evaluation of the implementation process costs. Also, on this step you can optimize you process and save a lot of money and time in implementation and also in operations. This step can be made with your internal team (if you have known how in your organization), or you can do it with external resources (we can help you in this step because we have a big experience in consultancy and process optimization). We recommend for this step to use external resources. This step it is not for free if you choose external consultant company, but in this step, you will achieve improvement in your operations and you will save more money that you pay, our ROI in this kind of projects it is between 300% and 2000%. Contact us for more details and offer.
Create needs list for software solution. This is important step and it is the result of the first step. This is a document which detailed the process and the needs that you want to be solved by the software solution. Based on this document you will choose the software solution which is fits on your demands. You must balance your demands and what software solution can solve and if this match is around 75-80% fulfilled you can choose that software solution. You must know that any solution cannot fulfill your demand 100% and it is necessary to modify the software solution to increase the fulfill from 75-70% to 95-98%. If this percentage is lower than 75% the cost of modification it will increase significant. This is the main reason that the first evaluation of the project and final payment it is not fit, and if the solution and the process is significant different the final budget of all implementation project can increase with 150-300%. Also, this means time of the project increase, frustration of the team increases etc.
Implementation of the software solution. This is the main process and this process have multiple sub-process like: software installation, import data into software (also it is important to clear the data), made software adjustments, develop new feature or modify feature if it is necessary, tests, connect with ERP or other business solution and go live. This step, if you decide to implement WebWMS free WMS solution, will costs between 6.000 and 14.000 USD. Because many of the software providers will give you an estimate price and the top limit is free, in this case you have no warranty of the final budget of the process we decide to limit the maximum amount that you will pay for implementation. So, if you choose Web WMS in any circumstances you will not pay more than 14.000 USD and we assume this in the contact.
Maintenance and post implementation service. If you choose WebWMS we do not charge for this this is not a mandatory service, but we advise you to buy a maintenance program for first year. This program will cost maximum 2.000 USD. If you do not buy this service it is not a problem you will have maintenance and support from our team, but you will pay more money and you have lower priority for solving problems. For example If you buy a maintenance service for maximum 2 000 USD (the cost it will be different for different client and it is proportional with operational complication) you will have 50 hour of development and support included (this means 40 USD per hour), if you do not buy the maintenance program you will pay 60USD per hour and you have lower priority than client who pay maintenance program.
When you implement software solution you will pay also for this:
Server for the software solution. In this case if you choose WeWMS the cost will be significant low than other competitors (I will write a comparison post between WebWMS and other solution in the market). Why is happens that? Because WebWMS use a web technology this means Apache server and Linus OS witch if free for use for any company. For other Windows based solution, you must pay server license every year.
Equipment for scanning. If you use other solution than WebWMS you must pay more for equipment and software. WebWMS use a web browser and any android device for scanning. A professional scanner for WebWMS it cost 800 USD, if you use Windows based solution the scanner costs between 1.200USd and 2.500USD. You can use android scanner also for windows-based solution but you must develop an android application for this (this will cost also).
Equipment for printing. Any solution you will choose the cost will be at the same level.
Consultant transport, accommodation, daily fee etc. We help you also with these costs because we develop WebWMS having in mind to reduce implementation time and we succeed this because WebWMS in can be implement between 10 and 40 days (depend on operational complexity). You will not pay more than 40 implementation days in any case, and we do not charge for communication costs and we limit daily fee for consultant depending on the country. Medium complexity implementation requires only one consultant and in any special cases more than one (2 or 3 consultants), but we will tell you for the beginning of the process for how many consultants you will pay.
I will publish in the next posts a comparation costs between WebWMS and another WMS solution to have a clear picture of what you will pay and how you can choose.