Warehouse operations are the beating heart of any business with physical products, whether they do business here in the US or elsewhere across the world, but the last decade has seen some dramatic changes to the average warehouse environment. Not only do customers demand faster, more accurate deliveries, but supply chain managers are challenged to meet these demands all while maintaining smooth operations and keeping costs low. Enter Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Warehouse Management.
The JDE E1 Warehouse Management System (WMS) offers the flexible and automated support you need to optimize your supply chain. The solution can enhance the use of your warehouse space, improve employee productivity and labor efficiency, increase visibility and tracking of inventory, and more. However, while a modern warehouse solution like JD Edwards’ can solve many of your challenges, implementing it successfully can be a significant challenge on its own.
There are many moving parts and things you’ll need to consider in order to mitigate risk, failure, and costs. Here are seven of our tips and tricks you’ll need to ensure a successful implementation of JD Edwards Warehouse Management.
1) Plan Your Implementation Team and Timeline
No matter the software or the solution, a successful implementation starts with a strong team. The size of your team will vary depending on the scope of your company and project, but here are some critical roles you should consider:
- Project manager
- Warehouse manager
- Data administrator
- Engineer / IT team
- JD Edwards Warehouse Management expert
- Go-live team
As for the timeline, you need to think at least 3-5 years out when planning your project. For example, if your warehouse is currently fulfilling for retail but has plans to do eCommerce in the future, consider how that may impact your business and your supply chain and plan accordingly.
2) Budget Wisely
Budgeting can be the trickiest part of the project because no matter how much you plan, something always comes up during the process that you didn’t expect. While you can’t plan for everything, some main areas to keep in mind are maintenance costs (which aren’t often included in the purchase price), training costs, and infrastructure upgrades. To be safe, always give yourself a little extra room in the budget to grow, just in case Murphy’s Law strikes.
3) Clean Up (and Back Up) Your Data
While it’s always vital to maintain data accuracy, it’s especially important when you’re implementing a new solution like JDE E1 Warehouse Management. This is also an excellent opportunity to clean up your data and create new governance rules to ensure that the information in your JD Edwards solution is managed correctly. And don’t forget to create a backup of your existing data—just in case the worst happens.
4) Consider Integrations
As we all know, no platform or solution is an island, so you’ll need to plan for how you want to connect Warehouse Management to other JDE modules, as well as third-party solutions. Luckily, Warehouse Management is already designed to integrate with other JD Edwards EnterpriseOne solutions to further optimize your supply chain, including:
- Sales Order Management
- Inventory Management
- RFID Processor
- Procurement and Subcontract Management
- Shop Floor Management
- Transportation Management
Take note that these other systems cost extra, so keep that in mind when you’re budgeting.
5) Develop a Training Strategy
Plan for at least a week of training during the initial implementation of Warehouse Management, along with a need for continuing education during the life of the product. We also suggest identifying some “champions” on your team who are excited about the new solution. These champion users typically learn the system faster and can assist with other employees during and after your go-live, increasing the chances that the new solution succeeds.
6) Understand Your Physical Warehouse’s Setup
To correctly set up your warehouse and items in JDE Warehouse Management, you’ll need to consider your warehouse’s physical layout and characteristics, keeping in mind the dimensions and capacities of all storage areas, racks, and locations. Once you define the warehouse and its contents in the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Warehouse Management system, you can construct a model of the warehouse and all the items it contains, which will help to optimize your supply chain. You can find more detailed implementation steps on how to do this in Oracle’s documentation.
7) Bring in JD Edwards Experts
Of course, our best advice on how to succeed with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Warehouse Management is to team up with experts. Our senior-level JD Edwards consulting team has the experience you need to implement and integrate Warehouse Management within your supply chain. We can offer our expertise during the pre-planning stage through go-live (and even beyond). So, if you have a project on the horizon, contact us today to get started.