Top 5 Benefits of Using a Warehouse Management System

Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to operate more efficiently. Any business offering physical products to its customers runs into a dilemma. How and where does one store them after they’re manufactured? Depending on the product, the amount of space required can be daunting, so the warehouse management system was born.

Warehousing allows companies to safely store surplus inventory as long as needed with ease. At the same time, companies reduce their overall operating expenses. So how does it work? Let’s get to the good stuff. 

Benefit 1: Using a warehouse management system optimizes space

Warehouse management systems help warehouses optimize their flow and space usage. Even in huge warehouses like the ones managed by BYX, there’s only so much space! Warehouse management systems minimize floor space usage and keep inventory as organized as humanly possible. 

In effect, less time is wasted sorting, moving, and searching for products. For business owners, this means it’s easily accessing their inventory without a hitch.

Benefit 2: Warehousing Makes Your Inventory More Visible 

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In a huge warehouse like this, a warehousing management system makes it much easier to stay organized.

In the age of Amazon, customers expect virtually instantaneous shipping updates. If an ordered item is actually out of stock, you might wake up to a long-winded, angry review. Using a warehouse management system makes it easy to keep track of your inventory levels in real-time. 

By being able to more accurately estimate supply, inconvenient backorders can be reduced, improving customer experience. The ease of assessing inventory also enables companies to better estimate which products need to be adjusted to meet demand and reduce losses.

Benefit 3: Optimized Supply Chain 

A warehouse management system optimizes every element of a warehouse’s internal operation. It smoothes out the process of incoming shipments, storage, and outbound deliveries.  

 

A streamlined process is more cost-effective for the warehouse itself. Additionally, cost reduction is passed along to suppliers and shippers. By maximizing efficiency, warehouse management systems optimize delivery time.

Benefit 4: Better Customer Service 

 

By optimizing the entire supply chain process, warehouse management systems offer considerably faster customer service. Improved organization and efficiency cut down on the labor and equipment needed for storage services as well.

Workers know exactly when inventory will arrive and where to store it. On the flipside, warehouse management systems leave little room for error. When it’s time to package and ship an item, it’s much easier to find and prepare. Shipment times can also be optimized for worker availability.

 

In short, warehouse management solutions make it easier for warehouse workers to do their jobs effectively, boosting customer satisfaction. Another major perk? Warehouse management systems can notify customers if their inventory is running low! They automatically update customers about packing and tracking options, too. Helpful, isn’t it?

Benefit 5: Ongoing Improvement 

Warehouse management systems are technologically advanced. Technology is always growing, so new features are always developing! In other words, as efficient and reliable as BYX is, our warehousing systems are only going to improve with age. 

 

Speaking of improvement, BYX’s warehousing facilities are growing soon! This summer, we’re expanding to an even larger warehouse that’s fully equipped with a brand new warehouse management system. 

 

At BYX, we know our customers. Trucking doesn’t end at the edge of the truck bed, so we offer warehousing solutions to meet the needs of companies of all shapes and sizes. No upkeep. Easier scaling. Unmatched service. On-site staff every weekday, 24 hours a day, and robust on-site security over the weekend. 

No matter your warehousing needs, we’ve got it covered. Learn more about the warehousing services we offer, or contact us to inquire about our upcoming warehouse expansion.

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Big News: A Bigger, Better BYX is Coming Soon

Spring has sprung, flowers are growing and so are we! 

When BYX was founded in 1978, the company was run out of the back of a single pickup truck. By the time we took on Hewlett Packard as a client in the 80s, we had outgrown pickups and added tractors and bobtails to our fleet. Each decade of business welcomed new trucks, new technology and new clients. 

After 43 years of business, we’re thrilled to announce that our company is growing even more. This summer, BYX is expanding into a new class-A building to help us serve even more amazing business owners throughout Southern California.  Read more

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5 Reasons Businesses Should Ditch Freight Brokers

If you’ve tried to arrange a large shipment, you’ve probably run into ads for freight brokers. A freight broker is a person or company that acts as the middleman between shippers and carriers. They find the carrier, arrange the shipment and track the load hauled. But is all that really necessary? The answer is a resounding no

If you’re thinking about using a freight broker (or you already use one), there are several reasons why you should reconsider. 

1. Freight Brokers Are Misleading

Customers looking for trucking services often get the impression that freight brokers are required. That’s exactly what brokers want people to think. 

We were reminded of this when we recently quoted a move for a company . They were comparing prices, and after receiving our quote, they immediately reached out and asked who the carrier would be and if we would be using multiple carriers. This was a huge, multi-billion dollar company, and they had no idea it was possible to work directly with carriers. If it hadn’t been for an overlap in communication, they never would have never found out. 

Needless to say, we got the business. We’re confident they’ll never return to using brokers. Because of our amazing customer service, but also because of the next item on this list.  Read more

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Truck Drivers Need Vaccines. Here’s Where They Stand

When Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson rolled out the first COVID-19 vaccines in December, most of us breathed a sigh of relief. We knew that vaccines would be offered in stages, and we expected senior citizens, high-risk individuals, and essential workers to be given first priority. (As they should!) What we didn’t expect was that truck drivers would come almost last. 

The CDC has broken vaccine recommendations into three phases. Phase 1A includes health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities. Phase 1B includes people over 75 and frontline essential workers. The last phase, Phase 1C includes people between 65-75, people under 65 with elevated risk, and other essential workers. For now, truck drivers are considered other essential workers, falling into the last phase of early vaccine rollouts.  Read more

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Diversity in the Trucking Industry: The Facts

Equality in the workplace has been an issue for as long as equality has been an issue. In other words, forever. The years since Martin Luther King gave his famous speech and Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus have trickled by, but race is just as important a topic today as it was at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. 60 years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a Black truck driver. Today, diversity in the trucking industry looks a lot different. It’s far from perfect, but we’ve come along way. Read more

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If recent events have made one thing clear, it’s that the trucking industry isn’t disappearing anytime soon. About 70% of our consumer goods are shipped via truck, and the impact of trucking on our daily lives is astoundingly beneficial. The impact of trucking on the environment is another story.

Trucking produces a substantial quantity of greenhouse gasses

As of 2016, medium and heavy-duty trucks contribute to about 24% of the greenhouse gasses emitted in the transportation sector. Compared to passenger vehicles at 42%, that’s not bad at all. Still, with around 15.5 million commercial vehicles on the road, the environmental impact has been substantial. Read more

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Being a Truck Driver: What It’s Really Like

Being a truck driver is awesome. No joke. Truck drivers are essential workers. They help keep this country running in every way. They deliver products that other businesses wouldn’t be able to function without. Truck drivers are a little like screws; most of the time, we don’t notice they’re there. But if they weren’t, everything would fall to pieces. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to work behind the scenes, now’s your chance. 

To start, most truck drivers love what they do. 

There are a lot of pluses to being a truck driver. Every day is different, which keeps work from getting boring. Traveling and meeting new people is part of the job! Truck driving often comes with good benefits, but the biggest one is knowing that people rely on you on a daily basis. Knowing your work matters makes your job so much more rewarding.  Read more

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BYX News: See Our Freight Company on Shoutout LA! 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; at BYX, we’re a family. Over 40 years ago, our freight company was built on family values. Dedication to serving our community is part of our DNA. This December, we were thrilled to be featured by Shoutout LA. In an exclusive interview, BYX owner Jay Newjahr shared the secrets to his success. 

Jay’s Take #1: Risk-taking and entrepreneurship are intrinsically linked. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could meet your business goals without taking even the slightest risk? Sadly, risk-taking is part of the game. The willingness to take risks is what sets dreamers apart from doers. Taking risks was always part of the business, but Jay’s approach has evolved with experience.

“In my earlier years, I was more apt to take larger risks without as much thought to the possibility of failure. As I’ve gotten older, I still take risks often, but they are more well thought out. Even the smaller risks can yield important successes. I believe it’s important to challenge the norms and push the envelope.”

As daunting as risk-taking may be, getting comfortable with risk is critical to long-term growth. If it still feels intimidating, try looking at it differently. Instead of an obstacle, view risk as a motivating challenge. Read more

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Road Rage Kills. Here’s How to Stay Safe

Driving is a part of daily life for most adults, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. In the US, three million people are injured in car accidents each year, with around six million accidents in total. Of those accidents, a frightening 33% are caused by road rage. Road rage describes any behavior on the road that’s hostile or aggressive, and it’s all too common. 

Whether it’s triggered by fatigue or annoyance, road rage can be costly to everyone involved. If you’re not sure how to deal with road rage, the following tips can help.  Read more

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At BYX, having our entire staff in one place doesn’t happen every day. In addition to managing multiple departments, our drivers spend most of their workday out of the office and on the road. 

Because of this, we’ve been taking deliberate steps to develop a sense of team unity since day one. It’s just part of how we operate. Now that COVID-19 has changed how many companies function, leaders are dealing with the same obstacles that our team has been dealing with for decades. Fortunately, reconnecting your company’s team is an achievable goal if you know where to start. Just take it from us!  Read more