Warehouse app scales up to improve supply chain efficiency

The Mobile Warehouse and Inventory Management Solution (mWIMS) app has transformed warehouse transactions from paper to digital, creating a faster delivery and improved management of supplies.

Man at an airport checking supplies
25 June 2020

A new technology is improving logistics in UNICEF warehouses worldwide. The smartphone app mWIMS brings warehouse operations into a digital and user-friendly system, representing a technological breakthrough for the supply sector. The app includes nine different functions that track warehouse inventory, shipments and deliveries. 

While staff move items in a warehouse, they can timely record each transaction into the app, which is immediately sent back to the UNICEF internal management system. This happens instantaneously and more accurately, as it cuts out the manual and paper-based process. As a result, the average time saved in 2019 due to the mobile tool was more than 30 per cent, in addition to improving the traceability and reliability of supply chain information. 

The impact on emergency responses has been tremendous. For example, whereas in 2013 during the humanitarian response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines it took an average of 16 days to record the receipt of goods in the warehouse, in 2019 during the response to Mozambique’s Cyclone Idai it only took an average of 3 days while using mWIMS.

After its launch in late 2018, mWIMS was scaled to 54 warehouses in 23 countries, almost a third of all UNICEF warehouses around the world. Expansion plans to additional countries continue in 2020 as UNICEF aims to have all its warehouses supported by this app.

Taken to scale, the mobile solution reduces the risk of loss, obsolescence, shrinkage and control point errors, while increasing inventory accuracy and timeliness of inventory data across UNICEF warehouses worldwide. This results in a stronger, more efficient, agile and transparent supply chain that can better respond to the needs of children, especially in emergencies.