Gartner Research

Examine Inbound Complexity Drivers to Maximize Warehouse Management System and Process Efficiency

Published: 27 October 2016

ID: G00315276

Analyst(s): Simon Tunstall


Warehouse complexity is the primary determinant of warehouse management scale and scope; but it is unrealistic and potentially dangerous to eliminate all complexity. Supply chain leaders must understand inbound complexity to drive more efficient and cost-effective operations.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Focus on the Inbound Segment of Gartner's Warehouse Operational Complexity Model
  • Assemble Your Team of Inbound Process Experts to Identify Relevant Inbound Processes in Your Operation
  • Analyze Each Relevant Inbound Process and Relevant Queries in Detail to Understand Contributors to Complexity
    • Goods In/Receiving
    • Inspection
    • Reprocessing
    • Assembly
    • Returns Processes
    • Put-Away
  • Eliminate Unnecessary Interdependencies, Identify Manual Workarounds, and Remove Unnecessary Process Steps and Transactions
  • Review Your WMS Functionality Against Inbound Processes/Transactions

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