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Implementation of Information Systems and Technology in Logistics

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Implementation of Information Systems and Technology in Logistics

In this modern era, the implementation of systems and renewable information technology in logistics activities is inseparable. 

Rapid technological advances have made system applications in the warehouse, transportation and inventory an important point in achieving logistics efficiency and effectiveness.

However, a computerized system is not a guarantee of a logistics activity to be better and one hundred percent successful. Many other requirements are needed in the application of a computerized system in order to obtain optimal and satisfactory final results.

The term "The Man Behind The Gun", is the key to success in the implementation (application) of a computerized technology system. The practical concept of logistics “Discipline” is a mandatory requirement that must be available and continuously applied in daily logistics activities.

Without a sense and culture of "Discipline" in the implementation of a computerized system, it is guaranteed that your company will only get the "Hell" of logistics and far from the "heaven" of logistics as promised by the system.

The types of computer systems that are most often used in logistics activities include: 

  • SAP
  • ISIS
  • V3
  • MFGpro
  • Vital
  • Magic
  • Oracle
  • and so on.

Warehouse Management System (WMS)

A Warehouse Management System must be supported by an information technology system to assist in monitoring the movement of goods into and out of the warehouse. 

Supervision by using the system, provides ease of management and added value for the warehouse itself, including:

1. Make it easier for the head of the warehouse to provide information on the availability of an item to the production planning or delivery department so that the availability of goods (especially raw materials) remains at a safe level.

2 The location of the goods is determined by the system so that it is very easy to store, retrieve and calculate the inventory stock.

3. Reducing the lead time of activities of receiving goods, storing goods and sending goods.

4. The availability of various information regarding the level of goods and warehouse utilities greatly facilitates the analysis to develop a more efficient and effective warehouse use strategy.

Transport Management System (TMS)

A computerized system that is applied in transportation activities can also provide convenience and accuracy in its implementation and control.

GPS (Global Positioning System) is one of the computer system applications that is applied in direct logistics transportation activities. 

The ease of controlling and seeing the presence of the fleet in the field will provide certainty to consumers when and where the delivery of goods will be delivered.

The results that will be obtained in implementing a computerized system in transportation management are:

1. Higher ontime delivery certainty (Supporting JIT Warehouse)

2. Lower transportation costs

3. More secure delivery safety and security

Inventory Management System (IMS)

The application of a computer system in inventory activities is also very necessary to achieve the most optimal and effective inventory level. With hundreds or even thousands of possibilities that occur during the course of an item from its manufacture, storage to its use by consumers, a database record of the item is needed which will then be used as a forecast for the item in the future.

The results that will be obtained by implementing a computerized system in the inventory management process are as follows:

1. High accuracy of the level of demand for goods

2. The amount of stock produced, stored and distributed according to market conditions

3. Amount of safe raw material availability

4. Minimum Expiration rate of goods due to overstock

5. Minimizing deadstock in warehouses

6. Provision of adequate warehouse and transportation facilities

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