One great aspect of working in the supply chain industry is that no two operations are ever alike. Regardless of geographic location, business units, product types, or corporate structure, every warehouse has its own unique qualities. One of the most common differences across the supply chain industry is size; facility size that is. When implementing JDA Warehouse Labour Management (JDA WLM), we’re often asked if an operation is too big or too small for measuring productivity. Simply put, JDA WLM can improve any size operation.
Visibility and JDA WLM
In the case of large operations, JDA WLM is an extremely powerful tool, providing what is commonly considered key to productivity success; visibility. When the supervisor to employee ratio is 10 or higher, there’s simply not enough time in a supervisor’s day to see what all employees are doing.
How well are all employees performing tasks? By implementing JDA WLM, supply chain leadership is able to have productivity reporting and measurement at their fingertips, with up-to-the-minute results. This can also help make decisions about coaching and training opportunities so that you’re using time and resources to your advantage. Allowing leadership in large operations to have employee-specific metrics is a necessity in today’s supply chain.
Planning and JDA WLM
JDA WLM allows leadership to make quick decisions on the fly and shift resources effectively, which can lead to reduced overtime and more effective customer service. In the case of smaller operations where volume fluctuations are very impactful, JDA WLM provides what many smaller operations need the most; planning. In a single shift operation, a 10% shift in the volume of inbound or outbound activity could be the difference in meeting or exceeding overtime goals. Supervisors and management may even be called upon to assist their workforce in accomplishing activities in some smaller operations. One of the most impactful mistakes could be losing sight of your planned work and the completion of your shifts’ tasks. Falling behind in something like inbound receiving could cause a domino effect to the entire operation. The software gives direct and instant visibility of the tasks scheduled for the day and will continuously monitor how an operation is performing against expectations.
These are just two examples of where JDA WLM can impact large or small operations. Chances are good that there are opportunities in your operation to improve your visibility and planning, regardless of the size.