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Legacy systems may have limitations, and they can cause
problems down the road when integrating new changes.
only company growth but also seasonal ebbs and flows.
"A baker's solution should be flexible with their operation, giving the peace of mind that you have room to
grow without having to go through the pains of application patching or looking for a new system," he said.
When integrating a complicated warehouse network,
bakers care most about security, implementation costs,
time, resources and hardware. Robert White, president
and director of development, Focus Works, advised
bakers to develop an estimated budget, then pay for the
in-depth systems analysis to uncover the unseen issues
of implementation and integration.
"From there they can make decisions as to where
and what to implement first, what resources they may
require internally and externally, and how to forecast
their budget," Mr. White said.
While each bakery may have its own unique data
configuration from various platforms, everything
should be integrated into one database. The result can
affect the bottom line and every level of management
and even increase available floorspace.
Bringing it all together
The warehouse is a complicated department where
pieces are always moving. Managers need to monitor
goods as they go in and out in real time. The business'
bottom line can be directly affected by any inaccuracies. However, oftentimes warehouse employees might
be operating multiple hardware devices, even different
software or operating systems, and that can delay critical updates.
To integrate a WMS, businesses should evaluate their
current software technology, Mr. Maraj said. "Bakers
should not only consider the functionality, cost and
ease of use but also look for a system that can easily
interface into existing software platforms," he advised.
Having seamless access to company information
across all departments in real-time facilitates better
decision making for ordering and scheduling, according to Mr. Maraj. Automating the warehouse helps bakers overcome traditional challenges such as inaccurate
inventory counts and higher labor costs due to redundant processes.
Legacy systems may have limitations, and they can
cause problems down the road when integrating new
changes. However, if a system uses modern development tools and databases that provide true cross-plat-
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form access, many future headaches can be avoided.
Employee engagement and feedback is also critical to the success of any warehouse system. Computer
proficiency level, title and experience can all influence how a system is accepted and implemented. Mr.
Maraj said MiT Sytems' WMS eases worries about
dated technology and software adaptability to changing business. "The software is intuitive and easy to
use regardless of whether you are a millennial or a
novice user of technology," he said.
Warehouse managers rely on real-time data for on-time deliveries, whether
products are fresh or frozen.
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