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The future of cloud-based warehouse management

Oct 29

As we all are observing a massive change in technology with every next day, likewise improving the warehousing situation is also an essential factor if one wishes to flourish his business and stay ahead in this age of competition. An efficient and reliable inventory management system can help in the effective management of a business’s stock for the E-com industry especially sellers who have amazon seller reserved inventory. However, as we observe nowadays that many advancements are being made to enhance the warehousing system by the use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) but this can be further transferred at a higher level with that of Cloud-based warehousing systems.

Limitations of Physical Warehouses:

If we talk about the problems that are faced by the businesses leads towards a major backstep in the world of technology. It is absolutely no secret that our methods of warehousing are orthodox which are leading towards low income and profit generation. In addition to this, with all these old and outdated techniques various issues are faced by the warehouses like;

  • Management of excess inventory.
  • Labor issues.
  • Errors due to manual work calculations etc.

We are aware of the fact that an organization deals with a huge amount of data regarding their clients as well as their products, but all this should be managed effectively rather than using the traditional methods of warehousing. Therefore, optimization should be now done of every single aspect of warehousing starting from inventory towards the distribution of the products.

Using In-house servers:

Traditionally used servers or in-house servers are tangible physical hardware structures placed inside the warehouses. It requires a large amount of storage capacity in accordance with the IT support system. However, this in-house server system doesn’t require any online internet connection which can assure you that there is no threat of data loss due to third-party intervention. But on the other hand, if there is any technical issue due to which the power is shut-down, data could possibly be lost and there is no even time suspicion of recovery of your important data. Which makes the use of in-house servers a huge risk.

Importance of using Cloud-based Warehouse management system.

The ultimate solution to the above-stated problems is the employment of WMS based upon a Cloud-based system. It will not only manage the warehouse but also ensure you take some important right on-time decisions regarding your manufacturing and supplying operations as well. In addition to this, you are always informed about your business’s current inventory situation with offering scalability of your system. 

Let us now dive into what a Cloud-based server entails;

Cloud-based Server for WMS:

Using a cloud-based server for your warehouse management system would be a great impactful improvement for your firm. There is absolutely no additional space needed from the start, it can be automatically adjusted according to your needs. This factor, as a result, eradicates your storage costs of excess inventory. 

Furthermore, you can access your data, restore, and backup from any location, which in turn removes the difficulty that labor faces to go down by themselves to manage and monitor the inventory themselves. In addition to this, your work mobility increases that enable you to make all your inventory-related decisions simply by sitting at home. 

Moreover, your data loss chances are reduced to a great extent with Cloud-based WMS, because it makes sure that all your information is backed up regularly at 15-minute intervals. It is undoubtedly a huge improvement!

Brings flexibility to your WMS:

It is without a doubt the biggest achievement in the way of technology, cloud-based warehousing management system has emerged greatly for the enhancement in flexibility and scalability of your WMS. However, the services are delivered similar to that of an in-house server, but the efficiency is much increased. Like;

  • No continuous monitoring is required.
  • No hardware upgrading is needed.
  • IT specialists are also not required for cloud-based WMS.

Greek's partnership with Microsoft:

If we take an example of looking further into this cloud-based technology, you would understand its vast impact by Greek's adoption of Microsoft’s cloud in 2019. Yes, that’s right! Greece wanted its logistics to be improved. This adoption was a major success and the center of discussion at the Microsoft Ignite event. In addition to this, a major topic relevant to this partnership was started, “Greek's sorting system” which would be replaced by the automated robotic scheduling in Microsoft cloud-based WMS. 

Furthermore, Greek introduced complete programs of professional software which includes;

  • Robot management system (RMS)
  • Intelligent Warehouse Management System (IWMS)
  • Intelligent Warehouse Execution System (WES)  
  • Data Platform (DP), and
  • Simulation Platform. 

All the above-stated software architecture suites were only to ensure the complete flexibility and efficient operations of the business. All these robotic systems serve extremely well in terms of process configuration, scheduling processes, reporting as well as stimulation. All of these programs are established very carefully keeping in mind the user-friendly integration and super easy-to-use options. 

At last, we could conclude our discussion simply by realizing the importance of the Cloud-based WMS, it will undoubtedly emerge and keep on improving more and more in the future whenever it comes in the assistance of warehousing digitalization. This can be further elaborated by a recent survey of Supply Chain Digest, it stated that;

“The on-premise model that has dominated the supply chain software industry since its inception is poised to become something of a relic over the next few years.”