February 14, 2012
Robust Warehouse Management Software for only $795 per Month
The INVision warehouse management system empowers companies to gain real-time visibility into warehouse operations ensuring greater customer satisfaction, increased productivity, and improved inventory management and accuracy. Benefits of INVision include:
- Reduce shipping errors
- Increase inventory visibility and accuracy
- Reduce inventory carrying costs
- Increased order fulfillment capacity with same staffing
- Scalable to fit any size business
- Customizable to meet specific requirements
- Integration into ERP/accounting
- Deploy in weeks not months
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Flexible to Fit Your Needs
Our warehouse management software is ideal for small to midsize warehouses that want an easy to use and simple to deploy solution to improve overall efficiency within their distribution operations. Whether you are looking for a simple, out of the box software or a customized solution specific to your needs, INVision has what you’re looking for.
The SaaS model of INVision offers no large, upfront investment, allows your company to outsource IT support and enable access at anytime from anywhere an Internet connection is available.
December 13, 2011
Premise vs. SaaS
INVision warehouse management software empowers companies to gain realtime visibility into warehouse operations ensuring greater customer satisfaction, improved productivity, and better inventory accuracy. Our warehouse management software is ideal for small to midsize warehouses that want an easy to use and simple deploy solution to improve overall efficiency within their distribution operations. Whether you are looking for a simple, out of the box software or a customized solution specific to your needs, INVision has what you’re looking for.
Companies looking for a customizable warehouse management system will likely be interested in the Premise Business Model. With the Premise Business Model, your company will be able to customize to fit your needs and also offers internal, onsite IT support.
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June 11, 2009
As we have blogged about in the last several weeks, Zebra Technologies was the first company to offer card printers with Gen 2 RFID card printing/encoding capabilities. With extended range and applications, such as printing and encoding employee loyalty cards, membership cards, and security cards, it’s no wonder Zebra’s printers are being used by such firms as epcSolutions-the leading provider of RFID compliance software to Wal-Mart and DoD suppliers.
EpcSolutions offers a variety of products supporting the Zebra Gen 2 UHF RFID printers/encoders. One such product, FixedAssetManager, uses the Gen 2 RFID cards for items such as returnable totes and storage boxes to enhance file or document management. The product also uses RFID or barcodes to track fixed asset inventories like computers and furniture.
Another epcSolutions product, TetraGate, uses Zebra’s Gen 2 RFID cards to identify people and provide human access control. The technology helps make products more secure during distribution by combining UHF RFID technology inside an employee ID card with biometric facial recognition. TetraGate Lite, a similar product using Gen 2 RFID cards, was recently deployed to track students moving in and out of school buildings.
Meanwhile, epcSolutions’ WorkInProcessManager uses Gen 2 RFID cards to track the state and location of works-in-progress-from raw materials to finished goods-in real time. And RFIDTagManager allows Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, and DoD suppliers to meet RFID mandates. Suppliers use point-and-click wizards to set up and configure their RFID hardware and then print and encode compliant RFID labels. RFIDTagManager uses Gen 2 RFID cards on returnable pallets used to ship tagged goods to Wal-Mart and the DoD.
With applications in asset tracking, access control, and inventory management, Zebra’s Gen 2 UHF RFID printers/encoders have become invaluable in warehouses and DCs around the world.
March 5, 2009
Your employees are your company’s strongest asset. In today’s troubled economic climate, it’s crucial to know that they are working as efficiently as possible-without redundancies, errors, wasted time, or excuses. In a warehouse or distribution center, this situation is especially true, as any errors can create a bottleneck that’s slow to correct, and whose influence is wider than just your company. It extends to your customers, whose satisfaction is more important than ever in a marketplace where competition increases almost daily and loyalty has become a rare commodity. You simply can’t afford to frustrate customers with picking and shipping errors and delays!
Now, think about the best use of your staff. Are you paying for man-hours to correct errors from mispicks and incorrect keying? Are employees constantly wandering back and forth from the assignment desk, picking up and dropping off paperwork, or printing and reprinting picking lists? Think about the rest of your operation. Would it be acceptable for your sales staff to function by trial and error? Can you afford for them to waste their time on senseless tasks that could be more efficient? Well, an inefficient warehouse management system can equally impact your bottom line but too many managers just don’t see the direct hit. This error-correction task in your warehouse is all time that that could be spent making more sales, improving customer communication, or simply processing more orders—all of which will help to improve your company’s ROI, even in a recession.
Voice-picking headsets communicate exactly what to pick and where it is located—freeing your employees from tedium…and the errors that go with it. Manual labor is really a thing of the past. Automation is today. You can invest in an upgrade to smarter technology or continue paying the price of wasted time.
March 3, 2009
In this economy, businesses are working harder than ever to grab revenue. Gone are the days when you could rely upon re-orders and loyal customers. With budget cuts that reduce expenditures, increased competition from the globalized economy, and buyers demanding more services and value-adds (at no extra cost to them), you need to be vigilant about managing productivity in every sector of your operation. So, let me ask you this, when is the last time you took a close look at your warehouse? How is your staff spending their days? Are they manually picking orders? How much time do they spend trying to locate inventory? And what about tracking down lost shipments? How would you rate your operation on an efficiency scale?
If you’re shaking your head, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Gaping holes in inventory tracking, managing, and monitoring chips away at the bottom line of many businesses that have not automated their asset management systems. But just because you’re in good company doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a change, right now, to plug the hole that is draining profits from your operation.
Barcoding systems have proven to deliver a 100% ROI in less than a year! So, if you institute this simple advance right away, you’ll be well on your way to putting your business in a better financial situation soon. Here’s your choice: Invest in greater productivity by implementing automated systems or “save” the money on the solution and continue to “spend” it on the problem.
March 3, 2009
How much money are you losing from your warehouse to the point of delivery? Probably more than you think. Depending on your system for tracking and managing your inventory, your shrinkage could be shrinking significant profits. In a recent Wherenet study, 150 operations managers were surveyed and 84 percent of them reported that they still utilized manual processes for locating and tracking their assets. And 100 percent of them reported that their asset data was inaccurate as a result of this system. How much does human error cost? At least $500,00 in losses annually, according to these managers! Can your business afford that kind of margin of error?
In addition to shrinkage, operations managers are seeing productivity suffer from the lack of system advances. Warehouse employees were typically spending 30 minutes or more to find items. Half an hour? Multiply that by the number of employees in your warehouse and the hourly pay. How much are you paying them just to locate items? With more automated systems, you would be saving that money AND shipping more items every, single day.
Here’s another reason to cover your assets. Think about the time spent trying to locate items that have been misplaced or shipped incorrectly. The same Wherenet survey showed that 59 percent of the operations managers reported that they spent up to $25,000 per year, just in man-hours, trying to locate lost products. What kind of tracking systems are in place to prevent this waste of time and resources?
If you haven’t automated your asset management system, you’re losing money every day. Isn’t it time to do a little more CYA in your warehouse?
February 24, 2009
If you invited a youngster to come into a warehouse and play Hide & Seek, they would undoubtedly find that little nook where you would never think to look. Think about your inventory as the “Hider” and your employees as the “Seekers”. If you’re not fully automated, this game could go on for quite awhile. A WhereNet study of warehouse operations showed that personnel do at least one inventory search each day, at an average of 10 minutes per search. Ten minutes. That’s not so bad, right?
But if you figure that each employee spends 10 minutes per day (and we know that number is very conservative), five days a week, for 50 weeks a year, you’ve wasted almost 42 hours per employee. So, you’re basically giving away a week’s worth of productivity. If the average weekly pay for one employee is $1,000 and you have 40 employees, then this problem is costing you $40,000 per year in wasted man-hours. And, as I said, those are conservative estimates. In some cases, your employees are taking up to an hour to locate items for picking.
Do you really want to pay $40,000 a year for a game of “Hide & Seek” in your warehouse? As much as I like games, I’d rather show you how much fun an automated asset management system could be!