A Warehouse Management System (WMS) is essential to operating a warehouse and distribution center because of the efficiency and accuracy it brings to a shipper's supply chain.
Warehouse Management Systems have evolved from an inventory management system to a must have because of the information, functionality, efficiencies and ability to plug in additional warehousing technologies that allow a company to vastly improve its capabilities.
Much like other software solutions, a WMS can come in the form of a stand-alone internally supported system, a SaaS cloud system and through an ERP.
Having operated several DC's in our time, our preference is either to operate a stand-alone or cloud-based system. The ERP variety systems often try to be all things to all people and miss the revolutionary functionality that a tier one WMS can bring to a company at a very low cost through a cloud-based WMS package.
The last part of the discussion on a WMS system is it often makes a great deal of sense to upgrade the transportation management system at the same time. The reason being is the combination of both systems will bring even greater transparency, efficiency and savings to a company's logistics and supply chain.
With as closely as both systems are required to operate and there will be a need to build a new interface when the new WMS is implemented that it makes for no better time than the presence to take the initiative.
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