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preparing the implementation of a WMS
By Laurent Cochet
on 30 Oct 2019 9:30 AM

A WMS is a solution with major challenges for supply chain players, since it allows for optimization of resources and logistics processes in a warehouse. This is why the implementation of a WMS should not be taken lightly. It represents a veritable transformation for companies and requires analysis necessary for a project’s success. What are the prerequisites, methodology, and steps to take into account when implementing a WMS? We have the answers in 10 questions with Laurent Cochet.


#1 What are the impacts of implementing a WMS in a warehouse?  

They are multiple and are present at multiple levels of a company:

It is a veritable transformation for the organization. It must be subject to a deep evaluation in order to be done rigorously according to a full-fledge action plan that surpasses the WMS framework. It is indeed thanks to this preliminary work that the WMS implementation project can become a true development driver for the company.


#2 What goals are there for the work prior to implementation? 

Preparatory work done before implementation of a WMS aims to:  


#3 What benefits are expected from an operational standpoint? 

A prior study carried out rigorously offers a structured vision of software deployment for the tool, to include project chunking into phases and the establishment of a clear, prioritized plan of the actions to implement during the project. Lastly, if offers an opportunity to propose organizational improvement and work on operational warehouse efficiency


#4 What methodology to adopt? What steps must be respected? 

For Generix Group projects, split the process into four steps: 


Expert advice 

A prior study of the project involves changing the way things work to improve performance. It is important to question the processes upstream of deployment. Goal: avoid reproducing non-performing processes that require redoing the functioning of the system after several months.  


#5 Why and how to analyze requests and flow forecasts? 

Before implementing a WMS for laying operations, ensure proper operational area sizing in the long run. In this case, it is necessary to question various strategic indicators: 


Expert advice  

Take advantage of this preliminary phase to cleanse data before implementing a WMS. Copying the existing data into the software to question it would be a wasted optimization opportunity. 


#6 How does operational audit work? 

Study of the physical logistics site organization is completed in 3 steps:  


#7 What is the mapping of an information system? 

The mapping of an information system (IS) offers a precise view of its structure. That means capturing the existing system (ERP, EDI, Excel files, etc.) and understanding the nature of data processed in the ERP. Interfaces with internal or external systems are also taken into account. It is during this phase that the material referencing campaign begins with logistics data. 


Expert advice 

The processing of a product repository represents major work when implementing a WMS. The client makes a choice to invest in the WMS to draw up a list of sold products and “cleanse” the material database.  


#8 What deliverables were transmitted? How can the action plan be articulated? 

Conclusions drawn from the prior analysis are formalized in deliverables transmitted to the client. This preliminary work is fundamental for the following operations necessary for WMS implementation and enables prioritization of actions to perform for the purposes of this project. 

Upstream of the completion of any Generix Group project related to summary that includes recommendations, a schematic mapping of the IS and information flows as well as an action plan structured with a macro-planning.


#9 Who can call for implementation of a WMS? 

This transformation is particularly relevant in 2 scenarios:  


#10 What assistance is offered by Generix Group? At what stages does it step in? 

When the choice to implement a WMS has been made, it is important for the company to review internal organization and to train involved employees. Change assistance is also strategic when managing the fears induced by such transformations sometimes seen as an automation or a mechanization. Generix Group assists clients who are making a choice about the WMS implementation process.


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Laurent Cochet

Senior Principal Consultant, is developing Generix Consulting Services to accompany Customers in their Supply Chain Digital Transformation. He has a particularly strong expertise on Apparel and Footwear products lifecycles and E-Commerce logistics.