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Datex improves warehouse management software

Steve Rogerson
October 6, 2015
 
Florida-based supply chain software developer Datex has added features to its warehouse management software. Users can now benefit from labour planning, forecasting and scheduling capabilities as well as multi-task intervleaving.
 
The number of job openings in the US transportation and warehousing industries increased 23 per cent year on year in January 2015. Supply chain businesses are finding it difficult to attract, hire and retain the labour needed to run their operations and need help from technology to manage and optimise their workforce.
 
The added features enable supply chain operations to help improve the productivity and efficiency of labour resources. Users can now use labour scheduling and planning functionality, all from one window. Real-time information is segregated on one screen using tabs to provide fast, easy access to data without having to leave the screen. This helps to reduce errors and processing time.
 
As part of the workforce management functionality, supply chain organisations can identify under-performing shifts or employees, plan for the use of seasonal or temporary workers, and better use their workforce. The software includes customisable reporting and a system of alerts and notifications to provide real-time information and status updates to help keep operations on track.
 
Designed to be user friendly, the labour management features include the ability to have the warehouse management system automatically assign tasks via workflow for more accurate, efficient operations. The warehousing software also includes the ability to manually assign tasks. Powered by Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation, Datex FootPrint WMS uses a workflow based task management engine for more accurate, automated operations
 
Considered to be advanced functionality in warehouse management software, interleaving is typically used to reduce deadheading. Deadheading happens when a warehouse worker completes a task at one location then heads to another area without performing any useful tasks along the way.
 
The practice of multi-task interleaving is more commonly used in operations where warehouse workers have permission to do both picking and putaway. To make the best use of time and effort, these warehouse workers will handle one task such as picking then stop at another location nearby to handle another task, such as putaway. This eliminates the need for another worker to travel to do a specific operation.
 
By using interleaving, warehouse operators typically are able to recognise gains in productivity within a relatively short time. Often productivity dips initially during the learning curve as the workforce becomes accustomed to the new procedures then rebounds and increases after it becomes more familiar and comfortable.
 
In operation since 1978, Datex, a Microsoft Gold Partner, provides supply chain technology aimed at making businesses more profitable.