To meet customer expectations for better and faster fulfillment from multiple channels, distribution operations are becoming more complex and automated. New and innovative information systems, material handling technologies and processes are all contributing to making distribution operations real-time. But getting these solutions from multiple vendors to work together in a highly orchestrated and optimized flow can be difficult.
There is often a mix of legacy and new technologies from multiple suppliers with no standard architecture, protocols or interfaces. Companies often customize or extend WMS to meet advanced requirements, but this creates additional cost, complexity and risk. Upgrades to a single component can require that the entire system be retested. Advanced processes and systems need a higher level of better trained users and operators. And as systems become more complex, maintenance and support become more difficult.
What is the Solution?
Distribution leaders need warehouse software that is powerful enough to handle the complexities of today’s market and operations requirements. This means the system must be able to intelligently manage and control the flow of work through the distribution center. It must be equipment-agnostic and integrate with many material handling suppliers, software vendors and sub-systems. It must be built with an architecture that supports industry standards and that can scale to meet the growth needs of the business. And while needing to be open for integration, the system must also ensure data and user security.
The system needs to be easy to learn and intuitive for users of all levels, on a multitude of hardware platforms. Finally, the system must come from a company with a track record of investment and innovation. The company must have the strength and commitment to enhance and support the system for years to come.
Fortna Can Help
Fortna’s Warehouse Execution System is a sophisticated software system that helps integrate and orchestrate today’s complex distribution environments, so you can meet your customer’s fulfilment needs.
Fulfillment Flow Services
Monitors and controls the flow of product through all areas of the DC with real-time business logic to plan and execute work.
Instantly makes optimization decisions about what should be routed where to ensure continuous flow.
Visibility and Intelligence Services
Track from anywhere the operations flow, movements and status with real-time visualization, identify and alert staff to problems on an exception basis as they arise.
Simulates actual, real-time DC behavior in a virtual environment using real data.
Integration – enables real-time integration between enterprise systems, like ERP and WMS, and material handling equipment and sub-systems.
Automation and Real-Time Control – a single point of control and visibility over disparate material handling equipment and sub-systems from various manufacturers.
Systems Services – leverage industry leading standard certified technologies for advanced security, authentication, access control, system monitoring, clustering and visualization.
Today’s DCs are more complex, automated, and real-time.
Hardware, software and controls are constantly evolving.