Proteus, the WMS specialist, has designed a cost benefit analysis as an aid to selecting the most appropriate warehouse management system for a particular operation.
For a particular type of warehouse operation, decisions made for the most suitable system for clients to employ are governed by the picking methodology, the frequency of picks, and the size of the operation.
Proteus uses a Cost Benefit Analysis Grid to calculate operational costs, in terms of time and money for each system option based on the following criteria: number of warehouse operatives; number of picks, and number of order lines.
The criteria are then cross referenced with the type of task: put-away tasks; replenishment tasks, and picking tasks.
It is possible to view costs per pick, costs per operative over a 12-month period, and, says Proteus, can provide a valuable insight to ways to cut operational costs.
The Proteus WMS can be delivered in three options to the end user; paper based WMS, RF scanning and voice picking, with each method having its own benefits.
It can also operate as a multi-mode solution with all three options present in different areas of the same warehouse.
Using the analysis set Proteus can calculate the return on investment and give a fairly accurate timescale of when the system will pay for itself due to efficiency gains made, and the reduction in labour costs, also providing full visibility of the detailed calculations.