Warehouse management software handles a number of different tasks that all relate back to your overall quality control procedures. A WMS collects an immense amount of data, which allows for greater communication, analysis and cross-checking. It also validates activity so it can flag any missed scans or other problems. Lastly, a WMS paves the way to setting up rolling quality control checks by your staff.
Internal Validation and Verification
Since all of the packages of products in your warehouse are assigned their own barcodes, the WMS can keep track of lots of information about them, such as the date the package was received, and your team will always be directed to pick the right item. The scanners given to pickers will direct them to the correct product and verify that they are choosing products from the correct package to effectively enforce FIFO policies. If a wrong barcode is scanned, the system won't accept the scan and will direct the employee to verify the pick.
Quality Control Inspections
Even with all of the built-in QC features of warehouse management software, most companies have additional QC processes like cycle counting in place for further assurance. The WMS can assist with this work by generating lists of items to check, dispatching tasks to the QC team, and providing further tools when discrepancies are identified. The WMS will generate cycle count orders based on parameters you set, allowing you to place a higher priority on high-value orders and spend less time on low-value orders.
In addition to the quality control procedures happening in real time, warehouse management software also provides a suite of useful tools to managers to help resolve problems. It automatically flags possible errors and inaccuracies and delivers the information to the management team. By tracing products from receiving all the way through the warehouse, it is easy to determine where an error occurred and investigate further. This way the specific issue can be resolved before the product moves through later stages of the process and systemic problems can be identified and addressed.
Warehouse management software offers many key features that boost your ability to deliver quality products on time. The WMS is built to increase productivity and order accuracy naturally, but the additional quality control support tools can help your QC team complete more independent checks across a wider range of parts and activities while also flagging individual items for review if there is a suspected error.