Though similar, inventory and warehouse management present subtle yet important differences that can benefit your operations. By understanding the differences, you can leverage both systems to expand crucial operational visibility for current demand and future changes. That’s why we’ve taken the time to explore the benefits of each.
Inventory management involves regulating stock levels to meet customer demands. Focused more on inbound stock, inventory management helps your team track and sort materials to drive down storage costs and maximize inventory turnover.
Compared to warehouse management, inventory management is simpler to operate since it focuses on one part of your overall warehouse operations. A quality inventory management system combines both adaptable hardware and intelligent software to:
While inventory management doesn’t inherently require digitization, automated data capture can help preserve accuracy within your system. To eliminate manual data entry, ValuTrack recommends enterprise-grade handheld devices such as Zebra’s rugged scanners, which can connect to your inventory management system while capturing multiple codes at once. To explore Zebra’s complete family of rugged scanners, download our brochure here.
Unlike inventory management, warehouse management involves large-scale oversight of your whole warehouse operation from inventory, to workforce productivity, to supply chain communication, and beyond. As a result, warehouse management focuses on outbound transactions to keep products moving smoothly down the supply chain.
As a more complex system, warehouse management normally requires both hardware and software to yield noticeable results, yet when implemented successfully, it can:
To help limit the number of mobile devices your workforce carries, ValuTrack recommends streamlining key functionalities such as WMS accessibility, scanning, and workforce connectivity through one mobile device. Rugged mobile computers like the MC9300 allow your workforce to interact with your warehouse management system in real-time while merging data capture and connectivity onto a user-friendly interface to preserve worker comfort.
Since inventory management fits within your warehouse management system, it makes sense to revisit this tool first; however, for issues unrelated to inventory, revising your warehouse management system may be more applicable. To see how you can modernize your operations, contact us today for a free assessment of your workflows. For more information on the differences and benefits, reach out to us at 877-484-8187 or [email protected].