Third Party Logistics (3PL or Public Warehousing) operations generate revenue by providing storage and handling services to multiple clients. It can be a highly competitive, service driven industry. Operations must have the flexibility to configure different handling and storage rules for each client within one physical facility(s). Stock losses, missed delivery times, mis-picks all erode the competiveness of these operations.
The architecture and flexibility of In-DEX Warehouse Management Software (In-DEX WMS) provides the capability to configure storage rules, product handling rules, labelling, documentation, integration, reporting and billing on a client-by-client basis, thereby facilitating a true 3PL environment.
3PL/Public Warehousing operations require the ability to charge for stock storage and value-added services (VAS). In-DEX WMS captures these services in real-time through devices like radio data terminals and voice units, by prompting operators through the process. It also can be configured to trigger and automatically apply charges when certain events occur. This ensures that all revenue is accurately captured and billed for.
The very nature of Third Party Logistics necessitates the need to provide clients with up-to-date and accurate information relating to their stock. Often this communication must be real time. The In-DEX WMS data exchange framework provides the ability to configure multiple interfaces to remote clients and client’s suppliers ERP systems. The In-DEX WMS web module allows clients to review stock and to report on stock levels, movements, track-and-trace, pre-advise of inbound stock, select stock for dispatch, hold or release stock, etc. thereby significantly reducing the operation’s inherently heavy administrative overhead.
Norish was founded in 1975 and operates from six sites across the UK. Most of its sites have significant volumes of meat originating both from the UK and foreign markets all managed by In-DEX WMS. In 2012 two sites were designated after significant audits to handle export of pig meat to China thanks to the levels of traceability and accuracy provided by In-DEX WMS.