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Packaging Warehouse Management System

Indigo WMS provides the ideal solution for your packaging warehouse automation challenges.

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Demand for packaging materials in many sectors has recently skyrocketed fuelled by the explosion in e-commerce.  This growth means that what was previously quite a conventional, stable industry is being very rapidly shaken up. Companies in the packaging sector are seeing a need to improve efficiencies and scale quickly, which in turn, is generating an increased appetite for warehouse automation.

Traditionally many packaging companies have succeeded by locating multiple sites in close proximity to customers, allowing them to respond quickly to incoming stock orders. They would likely have had contracts in place for set volume deliveries and were required to hold up to 6 weeks worth of pre-scheduled inventory at any time. By operating multiple warehouse sites near to customers, packaging firms could supply their customer networks rapidly and effectively meet a pre-agreed timetable of deliveries.

Although this model has worked well for many packaging companies for a long time, it can result in high levels of resource wastage. In the “new normal” post pandemic world where budgets are tighter, a more efficient alternative is ‘hub and spoke’ distribution. Here, rather than having many sites located in a small area, it makes far more sense to hold the majority of stock in a distribution centre and continually cross dock that inventory into a larger number of much smaller, less costly to run mini fulfilment points. The smaller ‘spoke’ centres then make more frequent, automated stock replenishments to the end customer, which avoids the expense of having to hold large amounts of stock in every location.

Further complicating the current situation, increased demand for goods and continuing supply chain issues mean previous stock forecasts may not be accurate. Rather than staying with the pre-agreed timetable of deliveries, packaging manufacturers and distributors are seeing more peaks and troughs. Today’s packaging business shares many characteristics with the stationery sector, where specialists are expected to hold a huge range of items in stock and respond to customer orders with next day delivery services.

Now, while the packaging industry is benefiting from e-commerce growth, an opportunity exists to re-configure historical distribution networks and automate, introducing warehouse technology to improve efficiency. An obvious place to start is with a best of breed warehouse management system (WMS) such as Indigo WMS. This allows packaging companies, who need to become more agile businesses, to more closely examine fixed costs and find ways to improve efficiency. In doing so, they can benefit from all aspects of the improved control and management functions that this type of warehouse automation brings. This includes better management of resources and operatives as well as inventory and stock movements. A WMS will improve operations for packaging companies in many ways including: improved stock control, dynamic location management, improved resource management, and increased sustainability by minimising waste.

Indigo Software has extensive experience implementing WMS automation technology in the packaging sector. Please contact us to discuss how Indigo WMS can improve the efficiency of your packaging warehouse.