One of the most resource-intensive tasks in the warehouse is the annual inventory count.
If you are currently performing your warehouse counts manually with pen and paper, you can obtain great financial gains, as well as save time, by automating these processes. Imagine that you must first register the inventory count on a printed list from your financial system, and you then have to manually enter this number. This type of process is very error-prone and requires subsequent monitoring and accounting.
The frequency of needed counts does, of course, vary from business to business. With Mobile WMS you can perform your counts when it suits you.
With Mobile WMS you can perform planned, as well as unplanned, counts. A planned count is first set up in your financial system and sent to the mobile device in the form of a counting journal before the actual count can begin. When the count has been completed on the mobile device, the result is sent back to your financial system. Before the final posting is done, you can perform a validation of the result.
The Unplanned Count, on the other hand, can be performed without any form of preparation. The advantage of this type of count is that you can quickly adjust the inventory count when and if you discover a discrepancy. We usually refer to this type of count as an ad-hoc count.
Whatever your strategy for inventory counts look like, Mobile WMS can support it. This applies regardless of whether your items have been set up to be counted once a month, once a quarter, semi-annually, or annually.
By default, the system has been set up to do “blind counts” so that the expected quantity from the financial system is not displayed on the mobile device. This type of count has a clear advantage in that the system requires an actual quantity to be entered. The system does, however, provide the flexibility to change this, and show the expected quantity, should you prefer so. This is all administrated via a parameter setup in your financial system.
You also have the option to add an unforeseen item, which is not registered on your pre-defined counting list. This can be done directly on the mobile device and immediately when the difference is observed.
We all know that errors in your count process can have negative financial consequences for your business. That is why the count feature is one of the terrific gains of investing in Mobile WMS.