Zen and the Art of WMS Software
Although most of us tend to think of manufacturing when we hear the word lean, and of Mahayana Buddhism when we hear the word Zen, the primary principles of both translate directly to successful adoptions of warehouse management systems (WMS). Lean principles focus on process flow, optimization, waste elimination, problem solving and continuous improvements. The first principle of lean is flow, which lends itself to the Zen theory of being one with your environment.
Without question, these same principles guide the most successful WMS implementations. Learning how to translate the concepts of lean manufacturing and the Zen theories of flow to the adoption of a warehouse management system will certainly produce fast ROI and undisputable long-term operational improvements.
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