There are several types of Warehouse Management Systems, each with it’s own pros and cons. Here are the most popular types:
» Standalone System
» ERP Modules
» Cloud Based
Standalone Warehouse Management System
✒ A standalone warehouse management system is your typical on premises type system which is deployed on the native hardware and network of the business.
✒ Most WMS systems are third-party, standalone packages that must be integrated with the rest of your business management software (such as ERP). While integration of external programs can work, the process is often fraught with challenges such as duplicate data entry, information delays and silos, interface issues and customization expenses.
✒ These systems are often the lowest long term cost option, but lack the benefits of a more integrated WMS option.
Cloud Based Warehouse Management System
✒ The benefits of cloud based warehouse management system include better flexibility, disaster recovery, scalability, and security. Cloud computing also offers users the ability to receive automatic software updates without additional capital expenditures, providing better technology competitiveness.
✒ Built upon a cutting-edge, fully secure cloud platform and bred from 30 years of supply chain excellence, our completely redesigned Warehouse Management System is incredibly easy to use and affordable for companies of all sizes. We give you the power to move faster, more efficiently, and for far less money than legacy warehouse management systems.
✒ In simple terms, ERP represents a kind of “super system.” It covers most of the core applications needed for 3PL processes, including supply chain planning, customer relationship management, accounting, human resources and more. So it’s a great option for businesses looking to upgrade on a larger scale.
✒ Integrated ERP systems can include warehouse management tools, but it’s not a standard offering. Therefore, be careful when shopping for ERP software. Make sure the vendor you pick provides applications for warehouse control. These products are highly specialized, and offer robust supply chain execution functionality, as well as inherent scalability.
Benefits of an Integrated WMS and ERP System
✒ With a native WMS program, you gain business-wide traceability, employee accountability and real-time speed and responsiveness.
✒ Through barcodes, you can move from pen and paper to a digital WMS environment that eliminates re-keying of data and the unavoidable human entry error that accompanies it.