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Top 10 Warehouse Management Improvements with Warehouse-LINK® WMS

1. Access Real-Time Information

Gain visibility to what is happening in the warehouse in real-time. Real-time warehouse functions provides immediate visibility and allows Management to see what occurred, when it occurred, who performed the transaction, and how it affected inventory. Real-time information leads to better decision making for labor requirements, production and manufacturing planning, and inventory management and control.

Easy Improvements to Increase Warehouse Space Using WMS

There is no doubt that warehouse space is expensive and saving money is a powerful driver for utilizing warehouse space more efficiently. Many WMS (Warehouse Management Systems), such as Warehouse-LINK® from Interlink Technologies, include “built-in” efficiencies that make it easy to improve space utilization and gain space that you never knew you had available.

Product Information

Before you begin to look at where you can save space, you need to know what you have in the warehouse. WMS is specifically designed to let you know what you have and where everything is located. Warehouse-LINK® provides the tools that allow you to gather specific information about the storage requirements for each product that is in inventory. For example, you can gather and retain information on product size (width, height, depth) that will help decide the best location for that product. You might have business rules that require storing certain products in specific areas of the warehouse (such as in a secured location or in a refrigerated/freezer location) or requirements that certain products cannot be stored next to each other

 

End the Misery of Physical Inventory Counts with Automated Cycle Counts

Physical inventory counts in the warehouse are labor-intensive, disruptive, and only accurate for that moment in time when the count occurs. The second that warehouse operations resume, the count is inaccurate and only has historical value. Adding to the agony of physical inventory counting is realizing that it is not just one and done; this process will be repeated 2, 3, 4 and possibly up to 12 times a year! The more time that goes by, the less confidence there is in the count accuracy. One of the main reasons for implementing a WMS (Warehouse Management System) like Warehouse-LINK® is to gain automated cycle count functionality for ongoing, frequent counts performed in real-time. Inventory counts can occur as frequently as needed and even on the fly, without disrupting operations. Automated cycle counting reliably confirms inventory levels by comparing the WMS system count to what is actually on the shelf with the use of mobile computing devices to aid in the count.  

Labeling the Warehouse for WMS Success

Every successful Warehouse Management System (WMS) implementation depends on successful labeling of the warehouse or distribution center. An understanding of labels, automatic data collection devices, facility layout, and operations before taking on the task of labeling will ease the pain of setting up the warehouse with barcodes.

Barcode Labels


Not all barcode labels are created equal. There is a wide range of variances in the type of barcode used, label adhesive, label durability and scan distance of the label or sign.

Silent Benefits of WMS Ends Frustrations

Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) provide warehouse supervisors with benefits that exceed the tangible, obvious benefits. It’s these “silent benefits” that eliminate frustrations which can often be the most valued benefits to workers and supervisors. For example, when the frustration of trying to find a product quickly and easily is resolved, workers are more productive and satisfied with their jobs.  


A recently published article, “Defining the Role of Warehouse Supervisor” by Ken Ackerman (http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/defining-the-role-of-warehouse-supervisor/distribution-warehousing), talks about frustrations such as high turn-over and lack of standards in the warehouse. Job frustration can certainly lead to high turnover. WMS communicates standards and directives that workers must follow. These standards are created

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How to get the right technology for your warehouse

Warehousing continues to face tough challenges. Work lean, but work faster. Increase efficiency and accuracy. Those are lofty goals.
Meanwhile, the number of SKUs will keep growing at a rapid rate, along with the warehouse space and even the number of locations and employees in your enterprise.

The choice of your technology will enable you to achieve greater success. Reducing waste and increasing efficiency leads to satisfied customers and a better bottom line for your operation. When there’s no room for error, you need to choose wisely.

Start with Mobility

 

Get tougher with your warehouse data collection technology.

A warehouse is a tough environment. You can’t expect lightweight technology to perform up to the harsh conditions that are part of the daily routine.

Consumer smartphones, tablets, and mobile computers aren’t designed for commercial use. Yes, they can perform some of the functions, but at what cost?

Failure Rate

On average, a consumer smartphone will last about a year in a commercial environment, like a warehouse. A rugged mobile computer, like Zebra’s TC70/75, looks like a smartphone, but will deliver about three years of constant use, including repeated drops on the concrete floor. While the initial purchase price of a consumer-grade smartphone might be less than its rugged counterpart, the replacement comes at a much higher price. When you have to replace the device twice, you’re actually spending more to get a less durable mobile device right from the start.

Interlink Technologies Named to Food Logistics’ 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers List


PERRYSBURG, OH —December 20, 2016 — Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global food supply chain, has named Interlink Technologies to its 2016 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers list. As a Warehouse Management Solutions (WMS) provider, Interlink demonstrates leadership in the food and beverage industry by providing real-time visibility and product tracking throughout the warehouse and distribution center.

Warehouse-LINK®, Interlink's Warehouse Management Solution, brings complete WMS functionality to both DB2 and SQL server platforms with web-enabled technology. "Warehouse-LINK® provides measurable, tangible benefits such as accurate shipments and faster order processing," said Jessie Miller, President of Interlink Technologies. "Interlink is privileged to be selected as a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider," said. Miller. "Eliminating wrong

Wearables Increase Picking Accuracy and Efficiency

Accurate, efficient picking and shipping is critical to customer satisfaction. It also reduces waste in your warehouse or distribution center that results from mispicks, mis-ships, return shipping, and the time spent hunting down misplaced inventory.

Wearable technology presents a powerful solution to improving your picking and shipping processes. Equip the warehouse worker with a wrist terminal, like the Zebra WT6000, a lightweight yet rugged mobile computer that fits comfortably on the arm. By tapping the WT6000’s touchscreen, pickers get up-to-the-minute data on orders, as well as exact locations of the items to be picked.

Interlink is Hot

Interlink Technologies is named a Parcel Logistics Leader and is only one of thirty three companies named as a 2016 HOT Company for small package solutions.

Interlink provides Warehouse-LINK® warehouse management solutions (WMS) to small warehouses through large distribution centers. Interlink accommodates small package needs with specific solutions:

Warehousing System Differences: Warehouse Management System (WMS), Warehouse Execution System (WES), Warehouse Control System (WCS)

Warehousing literature can be confusing, but in a nutshell, WES is the new slang for what the industry and Interlink refer to as Manufacturing or Work Order Processing. WCS is slang for real-time integration with material handling systems that provides warehouse user directives.

Interlink Named Premier Business Partner

Interlink’s Warehouse-LINK® WMS provides solutions to companies like Impact Products who have the challenge of growth with limited real estate. Read more in Manufacturing Today http://www.manufacturing-today.com/sections/profiles/1688-impact-products-llc

If I ran the warehouse . . .

• Real-time information would be a #1 priority for everything!
• Warehouse space wouldn’t be wasted, and would be organized intelligently
• We could find what we are looking for – easily and not eventually
• Customers would receive accurate orders – the first time
• Only certain employees would be allowed to perform certain tasks
• I would be able to see what was going on in every area of the warehouse

Precise Information in the DC on the Mobile Device

Over the past thirty years, the world of warehousing and distribution has evolved to rely on nothing less than accurate, precise inventory information. Implementing a warehouse management system (WMS) that utilizes barcodes and RF mobile devices to capture the information that the WMS controls is the best solution. The software and hardware are equally important to manage information – “you can’t have one without the other.” Typically, the software selection occurs first with the hardware selection close behind.

Warehouse Management Solutions from Interlink Technologies Receives Top 100 Distinction

top100lit2016 hiresPERRYSBURG, OH – April 4, 2016 – Interlink Technologies is named a 2016 Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for providing Warehouse-LINK® Warehouse Management Solutions that meet and exceed the qualifications established by Inbound Logistics.

The editors at Inbound Logistics utilize questionnaires, personal interviews, and other research to search for the 100 logistics IT companies that support and enable logistics excellence. This year there was a pool of more than 400 companies competing for the distinction. All companies selected reflect leadership by answering Inbound Logistics readers' needs for scalability, simplicity, fast ROI, and ease of implementation. This is Interlink’s 11th consecutive year as a Top 100 logistics IT provider.

How Flexible is Your Warehouse?

Flexibility in the warehouse can mean a lot of different things, depending on your role in the warehouse. For example, as a warehouse manager you may want to have the flexibility to move and balance labor, as a warehouse executive you may want to have the flexibility to incorporate value-add processes, and as an owner you may want the flexibility to add a new product line. How easy is it to accomplish these goals in your warehouse? To remain competitive, the warehouse must be flexible on many levels.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word flexible as:
• “capable of bending or being bent”
• “easily changed: able to change or to do different things”
• “willing to change or to try different things”

Give Your Warehouse a Boost

Big Webinar Button v6Do you feel stuck in the same old routine? Are you tired of hearing “my best guess is …” or “I don’t know?” You know you need to boost the warehouse up to the 21st Century, but you’re not sure where to begin.

Identifying the pain points in warehouse operations can be tedious but well worth the time. It’s hard to fix something when you don’t know what’s broken. A fresh look at the operations from top to bottom may reveal that it’s time to implement a warehouse management system.

If you have never implemented a warehouse management system (WMS), you might not know what you’re missing! The biggest boost that a WMS provides is accessing real-time information and gaining visibility to all operations. WMS takes the guesswork out of decision making and allows you to make decisions with confidence. Can you imagine the improvements you will see when you no longer have to hunt through all the aisles for inventory, and you can access audit trails that track and trace every movement of the inventory?

MODEX 2016 is Right Around the Corner

MODEX 2016

MHI (Material Handling Industry) is hosting MODEX for the third time at Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, April 4-7, 2016. Co-located with MODEX 2016 is the Supply Chain & Transportation USA Exhibition & Conference (SCT). One badge will provide access to both shows.

MODEX provides a great way to meet sales representatives and gather information from a wide variety of supply chain and technology vendors. MODEX is divided into four solution sections: Manufacturing & Assembly Solutions, Fulfillment & Delivery Solutions, Supply Chain Transportation and Information Technology Solutions. MODEX 2016 offers seminar presentations in theaters located in the Knowledge Center. Keynote speakers are: Peter Diamandis of X Prize Foundation, Jack Allen of Cisco, Scott Sopher of Deloitte Consulting and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful.

Seriously Improve Warehouse Operations without Zapping Your Budget

If you’re serious about improving warehouse operations, you have no doubt investigated or plan on investigating warehouse management systems. The world of WMS can be very confusing and expensive. Interlink Technologies makes WMS easy to understand and affordable.

Interlink starts with an easy-to-remember name: Warehouse-LINK® WMS

Warehouse-LINK® does exactly what the name says – provides one system to manage all warehouse operations and links to enhance other business/warehouse systems. Warehouse-LINK® is a Tier 1, “Best of Breed” WMS - the highest level of functionality, scalability, and flexibility. For an overview of the functionality included with Warehouse-LINK®, visit the Features and Functionality page on Interlink’s website: http://thinkinterlink.com/solutions/features-and-functionality.html

WMS – Selecting The Best Server for Mid-size and Large Companies

Interlink’s Warehouse-LINK® WMS is "server neutral."  However, that does not mean that it is not important to select the right server for the job. Before looking at WMS solutions, you need to consider the server/platform/database and what will "serve" your needs with the most cost-efficient return. What is the most important requirement to consider?  Is it up-front cost? Yearly maintenance fees? Ease of use? Dependability and uptime? Server power? Number of servers? Location of the server? If you’re like most people, the most important requirement is all of the above.

Five Reasons Your Warehouse Should Consider Going Paperless

In a recent post we addressed the advent of digitization and why real-time information is critical in the warehouse. Another advantage of the digital evolution is the ability for warehouses to eliminate paper processes. There are a number of reasons going paperless, enabled by warehouse management systems (WMS) such as Interlink Technologies’ Warehouse-LINK®, has become best practice in the sector.

zebra XT15fWith Interlink and Zebra, M&B Products Gets Warehouse Management  Down Cold

 

Tampa, Florida-based M&B Products (M&B) is a premier supplier of juice- and milk-related products to the foodservice industry, with customers such as schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and prisons. Founded in 1987 with one customer and one truck, it has grown into a successful business with a distribution network covering 33 states.

 

Why Real-Time Information Is Critical in the Warehouse

The extent to which real-time information has come to dominate behavior is evident by the number of people focused on mobile devices in any public space. The need to know—now—has become pervasive, and is a natural outcome of the increasing digitization of the world, from home to the workplace and beyond. In business, the use of real-time data is no longer the sole purview of companies on the leading edge of operations; according to Gartner, its role in supporting decision-making has made it "the new norm."

Linking the Warehouse with IT

There can be a huge disconnect between the IT department and the warehouse when they try to accomplish common goals of improving efficiency and accessing information. It’s not that one is right and one is wrong, it’s that they look at the same function or goal in two very different perspectives. So how do you LINK the two worlds?

 Interlink WMS and Zebra MC9200 Mobile Computers Deliver for Tuesday Morning

Zebra MC9200   Dallas, Texas-based Tuesday Morning is one of the nation’s most successful close-out retailers. Now in its fifth decade of operation, Tuesday Morning has more than 800 stores across the United States that specialize in deeply discounted upscale home furnishings, housewares, gifts, and related items. The company’s distribution center encompasses more than a million square feet, 45 shipping docks, 300 storage trailers, and 400 carrier haulers. Operations are spread over four warehouse locations, with more than 100,000 new SKUs annually.

      As the company expanded rapidly, the business became increasingly complex and stressed the internally-developed, paper-driven warehouse management system (WMS) that used spreadsheets to manage all warehouse activities. As growth continued, the company experienced data entry delays, lost paperwork, and misplaced product that resulted in processing delays.

Interlink WMS and Zebra Mobile Computers Help Industry Leader Manage Growth

Toledo, Ohio-based Impact Products (Impact), a leading manufacturer and supplier of non-chemical commercial cleaning, maintenance, and safety products, encountered a challenge that many organizations face: transitioning from paper-based to automated digital systems to manage their distribution environment and ongoing growth. Impact’s legacy paper-based system did not support real-time warehouse transactions, which meant that operations were labor intensive, error prone, and ultimately a barrier to growth. Having grown significantly and consistently over time, the company had expanded its original facility by adding two more to accommodate this progress, but did not want to move the business to facilitate further growth. Instead, by employing a warehouse management system (WMS), they expanded operations into multiple shifts, as well as improved and automated warehouse processes.

  

Cosmetics Manufacturer Finds Interlink WMS and Zebra Printers a Beautiful zt400 printer
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A California-based cosmetics manufacturer and distributor has leveraged the functionality of Interlink Technologies’Warehouse-LINK®to empower its warehouse with sophisticated software to drive operations and track inventory. With real-time information, the company’s warehouse managers and decision-makers are able to access detailed audit trails, incorporate space-saving methods, monitor and improve production and labor requirements, and implement automatic cycle counts—all with the flexibility to change business rules easily as the company grows and evolves.

2015 Food Logistics100Interlink Named Top Technology Provider

Interlink Technologies has been an instrumental leader of Warehouse Management Solutions (WMS) since 1986 and remains a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for the eleventh consecutive year at Food Logistics.

Food Logistics is the only publication dedicated exclusively to the global food and beverage supply chain. For more than a decade, the editors of Food Logistics have profiled software and technology providers that hold influential roles in the global food and beverage supply chain. Their products benefit the industry in multiple ways, from reducing food waste and extending shelf life, to facilitating safe and sanitary transportation of product while assuring regulatory compliance.

 

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