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Cloud Based WMS Solutions Tailored To High Volume Fulfillment

Improve your order fulfillment and warehouse operations by implementing the most robust warehouse management software for e-commerce brands, retailers, wholesalers and 3pls

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Multi-Warehouse Management

There is no limit to how many warehouses you can manage within Logiwa.

Complete Fulfillment Optimization

From receiving to picking, packing and shipping. Use wave picking, batch picking, cluster picking and more.

Dynamic Put-Away Algorithms

Configure your warehouse system with ABC, volume, zone and customized putaway.

Plug and Play Sales Channel Integration

Connect to one or multiple platforms such as Shopify, Magento, Amazon and more.

Demand Driven Replenishment

Ensure the right amount of products at the right place and time in your supply chain.

Automated Job/Task Management

Automate job creations for single, single SKU, multi and oversized item orders.

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Logiwa is the most integrated platform available in the market today. But don't listen to us, hear it from our customers.

We are using Logiwa for 7 years in multi-client and multi-warehouse environment. It is easy to use and there are a lot of built-in functions. I recommend it for all in 3PL fulfillment operations in online and retail.

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CEO, Arvato Systems

Easy-to-configure warehouse management system, in-depth functionality, capable of responding to various industries, top notch in retail and e-commerce, very knowledgeable team of supply chain engineers.

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One of the absolute best support teams I've ever worked with. They can build or fix anything you need very easily.

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Automate Your Fulfillment Processes To Ship Higher Volumes

With Logiwa's plug'n play integrations, you can connect your business to 70+ parties and streamline you supply chain.

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Marketplaces

Connect to multiple marketplaces with ease. Amazon, ebay and many more.


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Ecommerce

Connect to one or multiple ecommerce platforms and shopping carts.


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Shipment Carriers

Offer a variety of shipping options to fit your customers’ needs and budget.


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Accounting/ERP

Generate invoices automatically by integrating with your accounting system.


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The Most Powerful Engine for your B2C/B2B Fulfillment

Enhance and optimize your warehouse operations with the most powerful warehouse management system.

Adapt to new business models, blend various operations in the same warehouse for perfect alignment and enjoy fast time-to-value.

  • Order routing across warehouses
  • Shipment rate shopping
  • Shipment rule automation
  • Real-time tracking and sharing across channels
  • Rule-based stock replenishment
  • Order packing station
  • Bulk shipment label generation
  • Returns management
  • Cross docking
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    Explore Our Full Warehouse Management Capabilities

    Logiwa ensures accurate and real-time inventory management across all your sales channels and warehouses. At the same time, our software allows you to execute advanced fulfillment strategies like wave-planning, cluster picking and cross-docking.

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    We Know Running A Fulfillment Business Can Get Complicated

    Logiwa is here to help. Our Warehouse Management Software offers the fastest, most reliable solutions for B2C/B2B warehouse management.

  • Our automated system knows when your orders are being shipped, when to purchase more, and more
  • Logiwa is cloud-based, which means it can be accessed from any device. No more installation hassle
  • Generate shipment labels and do rate shopping to get better shipment rates from carriers
  • Logiwa is optimized for multi-channel integration, so you never miss an order
  • Pick and pack your orders in real-time with barcode scanning
  • Get accurate, online reports with the simple click of a button
  • Enterprise Level Warehouse Management System Features

    Improve your fulfillment skills through advanced features within Logiwa. Be the captain of your business with the right tools.

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    Transition to B2C/D2C

    Enjoy running on most recent warehouse technology that is packed with great features for B2C/D2C fulfillment businesses including online retail, wholesale and 3PL fulfillment centers.

    Order Routing Across Warehouses

    Be as efficient as possible in a multi warehouse environment. Logiwa selects the most feasible warehouse to ship an order based on inventory level and delivery address.

    Consignment Inventory

    Manage your cash flow more effectively through consignments just as Amazon does with their vendors. Take your vendors’ inventory in your warehouse, pay your vendor as you sell.

    Shipment Rule Automation

    Reduce shipping costs and avoid errors through automated shipment rules. Logiwa helps create automated shipment rules in order to make your shipment seamless and error-free.

    Kitting / Bundling

    Manage your kitting operations easily either it requires a new kit sku code or not. Create your BOM (Bill of Materials) and pick your orders based on component items.

    Dropshipping

    Your clients now have online retailers who don’t want to deal with direct-to-consumer operations. Help your clients dropship for their customers. Be an expert both in B2B and B2C.

    Built Specifically For Companies Like Yours

    3PL Warehouses

    3PLs rely on Logiwa to manage their supply chain. With Logiwa, 3PLs can manage multiple clients/warehouses. Customer portals, customized billing and more.


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    Ecommerce Warehouses

    Ecommerce brands rely on Logiwa to pick, pack and ship faster. Integrate multiple sales channels to manage inventory in real time. Automate your entire operations.


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    Wholesale/B2B Warehouses

    Wholesalers and manufacturers use Logiwa to optimize their B2B, B2C and DTC  warehouses to ensure that orders are processed and shipped quickly.


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    Automate Your Distribution Center

    A lot of money can be lost by managing a distribution center manually. Sure, it may seem like you can remember where you placed that product at first-- you even wrote it down to make sure! When you’re logging transactions manually, however, the margin of error is way higher. With manual logging, there is a high likelihood that your product is now lost somewhere in the warehouse.

    A warehouse management software ensures that you know where your product is at all times by using barcode location codes. They not only improve your accuracy, but your likelihood of making a sale, too.

    Always Ship the Right Product to the Right Customer

    All of your warehouse processes support one main goal: Getting the right product to the right customer at the right time. Oftentimes, warehouse managers focus all of their optimization efforts on their order picking process to the detriment of the order packing process. However, a poor order packing process can lead to an unfortunate bottleneck that causes goods to pile up and shipments to be delayed on their way out the door.

    With Logiwa warehouse system software, you can streamline everything that happens in your order packing station. Logiwa warehouse software solution supports overall order packing automation by providing single-item and multi-item order packing functionality. In other words, warehouse jobs flow automatically from the picking process to the packing process.

    Depending on the complexity of your order packing operation, you can opt for sophisticated add-on order packing features that helps packers. Logiwa WMS software can also specify the right box for each order, ensuring large boxes aren’t wasted on smaller items,

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    Accurate Transactions Keep Supply Chain Costs Down

    Inaccurate transactions cause higher costs for your supply chain operations. When an inventory transaction is completed inaccurately, it means you will have to do it twice if you notice right away. If you don’t catch it, your company will experience bigger consequences such as shipping a wrong item to the customer and locking down a location for counting. Completing transactions accurately the first time definitely brings cost efficiency to supply chain transactions and obviously increases margins.

    Bring control to your fulfillment and warehouse operations. You can configure Logiwa to grant users different privileges. With these accesses, the system won’t let users make mistakes. Logiwa benefits from integrations with various technologies to achieve accuracies such as a barcode system integration, pick-to-light, automated material handling, conveyor and sorter systems, and much more.

    Are you ready to change the game?

    Get in touch with Logiwa, and we'll set up a live WMS software demo today.

    Directed putaway isn’t only about moving goods from the dock quickly. It’s also about putting them in the most optimal position in the warehouse to accelerate picking process. The best spot for an item depends on a number of factors, including:
    • Projected sales volume
    • Size and dimensions
    • Weight
    • Price and value
    • Temperature control requirements
    • Expiration date

    Deciding where to store items in real time creates inefficiency. Logiwa warehouse management system (WMS) automates directed putaway. Once your warehouse decides how to treat products, your team enters the rules and variables into the system. When an item arrives, the WMS system directs workers where to put each item. Decision making and hesitation are eliminated from the process, resulting in an efficient movement of goods.

    Logiwa warehouse system software also supports other features related to the putaway process to make your warehouse operations run smoothly, including:

    • Cross-docking: If your warehouse manages fast-moving goods, you can move goods directly from the inbound dock to the outbound dock. Logiwa warehouse management software helps you manage all of the moving parts to ensure a smooth cross-docking operation.
    • Lot tracking: Some goods aren’t sold in discrete units, but rather piecemeal from a larger batch (e.g., foodstuffs). In these cases, Logiwa warehouse manager system helps you track quantities through lot tracking. This ensures no spoiled or expired goods are shipped out to customers, protecting you from both legal and reputational standpoint.
    • Serial number tracking: Serial numbers identify discrete items, unlike lot numbers which identify batches of a good.Serial number tracking is a crucial process in the electronics industry. Logiwa WMS software can help you track different types of serial items throughout the entire supply chain.
    • Bin and location tracking: A good putaway process is moot if you can’t find items later. Logiwa warehouse management software system helps warehouse workers easily gather bin and location information to later track and retrieve items.

    Transitioning to a web based system will help you support sales growth and improve warehouse performance with the help of the warehouse experience. At Logiwa, we've seen shippers double their shipping efficiency with 100% accuracy by using our cloud-based WMS software.

    Each strategy carries its own requirements. For example, a higher level of direct-to-consumer shipping requires warehouse manager system that can handle large numbers of individual shipments as well as pallet-in and pallet-out operations. For integrating companies, your system must be able to view items no matter where they're located and how they may be sold.

    Walking Path Optimization

    With picking path optimization, you can reduce one of the most common forms of warehouse waste: motion waste. Motion waste is the unnecessary movement of people throughout the warehouse, and the picking process is a big cause of it. When a worker takes the longest path or retrieves goods in an inefficient order, they extend the average pick time. Logiwa helps warehouses introduce walking path optimization by employing picking algorithms that identify the most efficient paths through the warehouse.

    Pick Process Improvement

    There are several picking processes, each with its own strengths and weaknesses. The best one for your warehouse depends on the nature of your business. Popular order picking processes include:

    Pick and pack: Instead of picking entire pallets of products and sending them to the packing area, Logiwa warehouse labor management system allows warehouse workers to pick items and place them into addressed envelopes or packages. This works best for an e-commerce warehouse that manages a large volume of individual shipments.

    Batch picking: Multiple orders with several products within each are consolidated and sorted based on like items. A warehouse employee picks everything from one category (e.g., toothbrushes) all at the same time. The different batches of products (e.g., toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss) are brought to a sorting area where they are then grouped based on individual customer orders (e.g., Customer A’s order includes 1 toothbrush, 2 tubes of toothpaste, 3 packs of dental floss).

    Wave picking: Picks are organized in “waves” throughout the day. The waves are tied to specific schedules, like the outbound shipping schedule, to ensure items leave the warehouse in time for delivery deadlines. For instance, if a customer pays for next-day shipping, the system automatically assigns that order to a wave earlier in the day, rather than simply adding it to the queue.

    Zone picking: Also known as pick and pass, this method assigns workers to specific zones. While bins or totes move around the warehouse workers pick only the goods from their sections and the bins move along to the next zone. Bins only move around the warehouse while workers remain in place.
    Some of these methods are more suitable for B2C or direct-to-consumer order picking while others are best for B2B order picking. In all cases, a sophisticated warehouse management software supports picking workflow automation.

    B2C warehouses can’t follow traditional B2B warehouse rules. 30-50% of ecommerce orders are one count of a single SKU. With such small orders hitting your warehouse, you have a particular set of challenges.

    Each Delivery

    A traditional warehouse operates in a business-to-business (B2B) model. It ships products directly to another business – mostly in high quantities and in bulk. E-commerce warehouses, on the other hand, operate in a business-to-consumer (B2C) model. They ship directly to individual consumers. They ship a higher number of individual orders and smaller quantities within each order.

    Therefore, e-commerce warehousing needs a web based WMS system that provides operational speed, inventory accuracy and seamless customer experience.

    Delivery Offering

    Online businesses are speeding up the process of product availability and product access to meet customer demand. Delivery offerings also drive competition in the market. All last mile delivery options such as next-day and same-day delivery challenge warehouse and order fulfillment operations. It requires agility from companies to receive online orders, immediately process, fulfill, and ship them on the same / next day.

    Scalability and Temporary Workers

    The fluctuations in demand require temporary warehouse workforce which means additional licenses, additional industrial barcode scanners, and training. Your system should support all the devices, including smartphones and tablet PCs, so that the temporary workers are able to use their own smartphones.

    Parallel to the growth of an e-commerce company, it should be possible to subscribe new users on a temporary basis. The warehouse management software should allow subscribing more users when they are needed and unsubscribe them as the number of orders decrease.

    Multiple Sales Channels

    The most challenging and critical process in the omnichannel model is inventory sharing throughout all sales channels. Required priorities, allocations, and reservations should be included in the system through this cooperative infrastructure.

    Single Item Orders

    In e-commerce, the average number of single-item orders is around 30%-50%. A traditional software is familiar with and good at picking pallets and boxes from the warehouse but not picking single items.

    Backorders

    In e-commerce, the demand fluctuates on a daily basis. As a result, B2C warehouses face unpredictable backorders. Automatic allocation and packing of backorders during receiving is crucial in e-commerce. Logiwa provides sophisticated shortage and backorder management to automate the fulfillment process.

    The increase of global commerce has added to an already complex supply chain execution process. Warehouses are just one stop in extremely long supply chains.

    ERP’s Are Inefficient for Order Processing

    Enterprise resource planning systems aren't efficient for complete warehouse management processes. Many also reported using multiple systems to manage different portions of the warehouse management process. As icing on the cake, many B2B warehouses don’t use the same warehouse management software across their warehouses. Often times, this amalgamation of warehouse management systems come from business acquisitions.

    Supply Chain Visibility and Warehouse Management

    Supply chains often struggle to implement transparency in an efficient way. Complete supply chain visibility benefits all of the stakeholders in your operation. From the manufacturers to the customers.

    A truly visible supply chain communicates information about your products at every point in its journey. This allows for every point of your operation to automatically adjust when changes occur in your supply chain.

    Distribution and Fulfillment Inefficiencies

    Many warehouses struggle to make legacy technology and equipment meet the needs of an advancing world. For example, around 60% of a warehouse’s overhead is related to order picking. Yet many warehouses haven’t innovated their processes to maximize that 60%. Logiwa can elevate your B2B warehouse operations.

    Fulfillment Inefficiencies

    The increase of global commerce has added to an already complex supply chain execution process. Warehouses are just one stop in extremely long supply chains.

    By integrating shipping carriers, Logiwa warehouse manager system solves this problem. Instead of employees transferring information from the warehouse to the carrier, Logiwa WMS Software automatically integrates with your shipping carriers. When your warehouse software system triggers a new packing job, the shipment information is also transferred to carriers and shipping labels can be generated automatically.

    Another benefit of integrating Logiwa WMS program is that rate shopping becomes easier and reduces your shipping costs. Shipment automation capabilities streamlines other tasks like creating and printing a carrier label or generating a shipment tracking number. And, with EDI, Logiwa order fulfillment software can quickly and easily connect to your preferred carriers

    Logiwa warehouse management software is customizable to your warehouse configuration, such as storage racks, product types, dimensions. A sophisticated system will also generate predictions for space utilization and labor productivity, such as cases picked per employee-hour.

    Logiwa warehouse labor management system plans your operations on a shift or daily basis and calculate the resources such as labor and products required to accomplish the plan. You can communicate those plans to employees and carriers for picking and deliveries.

    Use Logiwa's warehouse manager software to plan and sequence orders for picking using common strategies such as wave picking, zone picking. Logiwa Warehouse Management Systems WMS supports rule-based workflows for assigning work based on the configuration of your warehouse.

    Eliminate your warehouse waste through operational improvements. Logiwa warehouse software solution provides performance analysis and reporting that helps business leaders identify opportunities and focus their efforts.

    Reduce motion waste with optimized walking paths guiding workers to take the most efficient routes throughout the warehouse during putaway and picking.

    Mitigate waste with real-time information that determines safety stock levels, reorder point and limits instances of overstock.

    Cross-docking support transfers goods directly from outbound trucks to inbound trucks, bypassing the labor-intensive putaway and picking processes.

    Scheduling tools empower you to use your labor force safely and efficiently.

    What does WMS mean?

    A WMS means warehouse management software software which is the operating system that helps you manage your warehouse and distribution centers effectively.

    What is WMS?

    It is a software solution that centralizes and controls a warehouse’s data and operations. Consider these basic tasks that happen within a warehouse:

    • Incoming goods must be entered into the warehouse record and physically put in the right location
    • The location of received goods must be recorded so that workers can retrieve them later when orders come in
    • A pick list based on customer orders must be generated each day so that workers know what to pick and pack in time for shipping

    Then consider all of the management activity that makes these tasks happen:

    • Liaise with carriers regarding transportation schedules so there is enough staff on hand for processing inbound freight
    • Liaise with LTL,FTL and parcel carriers to plan outbound shipments to ensure orders get to customers on time
    • Compile pick lists that consider things like the day’s labor force, the number of next-day or two-day shipping orders that need to be bumped up higher on the list, etc.
    • Optimize walking paths within the warehouse so that workers take the most efficient route during directed putaway and picking
    • Create packing processes to ensure packing materials are used efficiently (e.g., small items aren’t thrown into oversized boxes)
    • Monitor stock levels within the warehouse (or multiple warehouses) and reorder at the right time
    • Calculate safety stock levels to ensure there are no stock outs while also avoiding excess stock to minimize carrying costs

    Central to all of these activities is data - or information.Think about all of the information managers need access to in order to run their warehouses:

    • Carrier rates and transportation schedules
    • Customer orders and shipping information
    • Bin/storage locations

    In the early days of a business, all of this information likely exists in multiple spreadsheets. A manual workflows like spreadsheets make it difficult - if not impossible - for business leaders to make data-driven decisions in real time because it takes so long to consolidate, clean up, and analyze information.

    With a warehouse management system software, all warehouse data exists in one place with a centralized record of how goods move through your warehouse. You can track a good from the moment it:

    • Arrives in your warehouse
    • Gets placed on a shelf
    • Is flagged in the system as part of a pick order (i.e.,a job)
    • Gets packed in a box
    • Is marked as ready to ship

    A leading WMS software will increase visibility, improve fulfillment accuracy, support automated data collection and boost productivity across your operation. With Logiwa warehouse software, your warehouse management operations will experience a number of critical benefits, including:

     

    • Improved stock management efficiency, including enabling continuous counting vs. periodically shutting down to count warehouse.
    • Reduced shipping errors
    • Automatic ordering and replenishment using real-time information.
    • Reduced paperwork (and administrative expenses)
    • Reduced product returns
    • Improved customer service with better warehouse control and improved pick and dispatch accuracy.
    • Improved trace-ability in both directions.
    • Effective warehouse labor planning

     

    With limited new space available, companies are forced to optimize their existing warehouse space, which is often easier said than done. Warehouses are complicated environments—they bring people, products and heavy-duty machinery together in a frantic attempt to get the right product to the right customer at the right time.

    Simply gaining visibility over every process in a warehouse is a challenge, let alone optimizing the entire beast.

    Companies are turning to warehouse software system as a solution for improving efficiency and accuracy in their warehouses. A good warehouse management software:

     

    • Optimizes inbound and outbound processes
    • Streamlines order and product flow between sales channels and warehouse
    • Allocates labor efficiently
    • Boost employee morale
    • Improves relationships with customers and suppliers
    • Reduces operating costs
    • Manages stock efficiently
    • Integrates with enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools
    • Enhances security and safety
    • Provides visibility and transparency
    • Encourages continuous improvement initiatives

     

     

    If you’re new to WMS software, transitioning might sound intimidating. The good news? It doesn’t have to be!

    Warehouse management systems exist in all shapes and sizes. Some warehouse management system solutions are massive tools designed to manage an enterprise’s entire warehouse operations and seamlessly integrate into adjacent supply chain management tools.

    Others are simply enhanced stock management systems that eliminate manual entry and save time for small business owners.

    Whether you’re curious about how large enterprises organize warehouse operations or you’re interested in leaping from spreadsheets to cloud-based apps, we’ll give you the ultimate primer on warehouse software.

     

    Logiwa is a cloud-based warehouse management solutions that scales as your warehouse locations and shipping volumes grow. Look for a warehouse control software that will support different sales and shipping channels such as e-commerce, brick and mortar, flush sales, and have the flexibility to accommodate new sales channels in the future.

    Your warehouse software should make it easy to add new devices like scanners and printers and accommodate new technology like RFID and Bluetooth tags. Look for a system that will easily connect with emerging technology like warehouse automation and robotics.

    If you already have existing warehouse equipment and third-party software solution, you will want to make sure your new online warehouse software is compatible. Logiwa offers integrations with more than 70 of the most popular services including online marketplaces, shipping solutions, accounting and ERP and other common applications. You won't have to invest in time and resources to create integrated data sharing links.

    As a tactical execution system, a WMS software will generate positive ROI in a short time frame. As a strategic business investment, a robust warehouse management software can transform your shipping and fulfillment operations. The more pallet moves and pick per day, the higher the ROI. Improved efficiency can mean lower labor and equipment costs by doing more with less. We've seen shippers boost their volumes 2.5 times with the same equipment by using Logiwa.

    How Much Does a Warehouse Software Cost?

    Since different companies require unique solutions, most WMS vendors won’t show a price breakdown online or in marketing materials. That said, there are specific guidelines to keep in mind when determining your warehouse management system software budget:

     

    • Perpetual licensing vs. subscription models: Vendors typically reserve the perpetual licensing model for on-premise solutions. In this scenario, the client installs the software onto their computer. Companies use the subscription model for software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that use off-premise software such as the cloud.
    • Seek out bids from multiple vendors: Initiate an RFP process which explains your WMS features requirements. Detail your business requirements in tender documents and distribute them to a handful of WMS products. Keep the documents and your questions short and focused. RFP responses can cost thousands of dollars in time and resources. If a vendor can’t justify the cost, they won’t respond.
    • Plan for first-year-only costs: The first year carries significant costs due to implementation and training.
    • Assess the necessity of additional features: WMS solutions with advanced integration capabilities or enhanced data analytics functionality cost more, so consider the business case for these features before forking over more cash.
    • Secure discounts on first-year fees: Just because the first year is more expensive, doesn’t mean you should pay full price. WMS vendors are just as eager as you are to overcome the tough onboarding stage. The sooner their software becomes a vital part of your business, the more assurance they have that you’ll continue using and renewing their service. As a result, most suppliers offer significant discounts and rebates for those pricey first-year fees. In some cases, the supplier will offer a reduced monthly subscription fee for the first year while you learn how to use the technology.

     

    • Sales channel integration
    • Centralized inventory
    • Order initiation automation
    • Reporting for trend analysis
    • Inventory location and quantity tracking

    Warehouse management software will have a different set of capabilities since it aids in daily warehouse operations. Some necessary features include:

    • Dynamic putaway and slotting
    • Rule-based inventory allocation
    • Wave planning and wave picking
    • Low stock alerts and automatic reordering
    • Dynamic order picking strategies for efficient fulfillment
    • Employee performance reporting
    • Value added services management
    • Inventory attributes tracking such as lot/batch no, expire date, serial number.

    The best WMSs will integrate with the smart technology in your warehouse, like pick-to-light and mobile devices for easy order picking.

    Unfortunately, there are only a few ways to increase profit margins in this business. You can increase your prices or you can optimize your processes. When you increase prices, you may lose customers to your competition.

    Optimizing your warehouse operations however, leads to a more efficient operation. Efficiency leads to higher profit, which you can invest in other areas of your business.

    Technological advances in supply chain are coming quickly. One you can’t afford to ignore is cloud-based WMS Software. How much time would you save if all of your sales channels updated automatically? We mean the marketplaces AND the shopping carts. In order fulfillment, time is money. The more orders you can fulfill, the higher your potential for increased profit.

    WMS solutions and TMS help companies achieve their main fulfillment objectives: Getting the right products to the right customers at the right time and at the lowest possible cost.

    While there are differences between the two,  both support specific parts of that objective.

    The WMS keeps costs low by giving warehouse operators full visibility over the warehouse’s inventory. It also optimizes the use of people and space through processes like wave picking and cross docking.

    The TMS also helps keep costs low. It does this by helping 3PLs and fulfillment managers quickly select the cheapest route for timely delivery of a product. It also supports other goals like load optimization and carrier selection.

    What Are the Fundamental Features of a Warehouse Management System?

    Warehouse management systems (WMS) are essential tools for running a warehouse business. When you’re running a small store or an e-commerce brand out of your basement, manual methods like notebooks and spreadsheets can work. But, once you get to the warehouse level, you need software to profitably scale your business.

    What Are the Fundamental Features of a Transportation Management System?

    A transportation management system (TMS) enables warehouses and 3PL operators to optimize the shipment of goods. When shipping goods to customers, there are countless routes to take and several carriers to choose from. A savvy shipper can get their products to customers on time at a low cost by picking the right carrier and the right route.

    Needless to say, shipping is a time-intensive activity - a warehouse manager or 3PL operator doesn’t have all day to find the best route. A TMS optimizes shipping logistics through a number of powerful features.

    Which Features Should Your WMS and TMS Include?

    Both solutions should provide the following:

     

    • Business Intelligence: If you want to grow your business, you need to continuously improve. And if you want to continuously improve, you need to develop a data-driven strategy. Your e-commerce business, warehouse, or 3PL produces ample data every day. Your system should be able to generate business intelligence reports based on this data. Ask the providers on your shortlist whether their solutions come with a dashboard, data visualization tools, and other business intelligence features.
    • Ability to Integrate Into ERP: Ensure your chosen system can integrate into your larger enterprise resource tools, including your order management system and sales channels like Shopify, Magento, or Amazon.
    • Cloud Deployment Options: Traditionally, a WMS and TMS would be deployed on-premise. Today, cloud deployments are becoming more popular. They are more cost-effective, more easily scalable, and don’t incur long-term maintenance costs. Plus, supply chain managers can access a cloud-based solution anywhere and from any device.

     

    Should You Integrate Your WMS and Your TMS?

    Typically, they operate separately within an enterprise. When these two systems work together, you can collect richer data about your high-level operations and identify potential cost-saving or revenue-generating opportunities.

    For instance, with these two systems connected you can see how trucks are packed and use leftover space to pack more goods on outbound trucks, reducing the amount of warehouse space you use and making the most of your transport resources.

    Other benefits of integrating your WMS and your TMS include:

     

    • Opportunities for iterative improvements thanks to richer data about warehouse and shipping operations
    • Increased oversight regarding scheduling and workforce planning
    • Optimized use of fleet (e.g., drivers, delivery schedules, fuel costs)

     

    The WMS and TMS Are Different Systems Working Towards the Same Goal

    They are two distinct systems managing different processes within the supply chain. They work together to accomplish the same goal: Get the right product to the right customer at the right time and at the lowest possible cost.

    Both systems offer incredible functionalities that allow you to make the most of your human resources and technical equipment. They do this by facilitating tasks like route optimization, cross docking, and wave picking, which help boost your organizations efficiency.

    Above all, both solutions allow e-commerce companies, warehouse businesses, and 3PL operators to create and maintain value across the entire supply chain.

    That’s why the WMS Cloud model with the option to add more users is more attractive to growing businesses. When you plan for long-term growth, you should invest in tools that meet that need. Additionally, the cloud based WMS should fully scale with your business. Not all cloud-based warehouse management systems are capable of scaling with you all the way. Some of them can’t support operations after 20 users or a certain number of warehouses. Even if you opt to go with a cloud-based WMS, you should be careful. Select a system that will support your growth for at least the next 5 – 6 years.

    Standalone WMS Systems

    Standalone WMS software only manage the core functions of the warehouse and do it very well. 

    In other words, the focus isn’t on providing the best platform for warehouses, but rather the best tools for warehouses. 

    Core functionalities of a standalone solution include:

    • Order fulfillment
    • Inventory management
    • Warehouse operations management
    • Inventory analysis and planning
    • Inventory tracking, reporting
    • Billing and contract management

    Supply Chain Management Software Systems

    Today, the supply chain industry is focused on supply chain integration, which refers to the coordination of different supply chain processes, specifically through enhanced information sharing.

    In other words, material providers, manufacturers, distribution centers, fulfillment centers, retailers, and transportation providers all work together. 

    When the supply chain isn’t integrated, a small upstream problem snowballs into an enormous downstream disaster.

    These types of warehouse management systems make it easy for warehouses to integrate with different parties in the supply chain like suppliers, carriers, and retailers. 

    Specifically, additional to standalone systems, this type of system helps business leaders:

    • Manage relationships with multiple vendors 
    • Streamline the processes using EDI  and plug'n integrations

    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Software

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software brings together tools from across a business’s various functions. Therefore, it’s not actually a warehouse management system.

    The advantages of an ERP are that it is an all-in-one solution. All of your systems are integrated, making it possible to share information across different business functions, uncover insights, and make data-driven decisions with a holistic view of your operations.

    You can also optimize your inventory with the use of that data. It provides detailed inventory reports and shows you the best location for each item based on historical trends and data. You can even use it to guide operations during unique times, such as holiday seasons, peak times, and special deals.

    WMS Pros

    • They are adaptable based your needs.
    • It's focuses on real-time operations, so it can change and grow along with your inventory.
    • Multi-functional components mean that your warehouse will be as efficient and productive as possible.
    • Reports give you the information you need to predict your inventory needs, even during special events.
    • Cost-savings. Between the time saved during your picking process and all the additional benefits of advanced features such as cross-docking, you will save money.
    • It’s a lower risk investment and ensures that your warehouse will be run properly.
    • Its API component allows it to communicate with your other business applications.

    WMS Cons

    • You’ll need to set aside onboarding time to set up all of your warehouse locations, inventory, and processes.
    • It only covers your order fulfillment, inventory and warehouse management.

    What is an ERP?

    The other option for your warehouse management is an ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning.

    Despite its name, both small and large businesses use it. To stay competitive, companies want an efficient way to store and access their information. An ERP seeks to do that by streamlining all of your processes and data into one comprehensive solution.

    While a WMS concentrates solely on the warehouse inventory, an ERP automates across all of the departments in your organization. You can merge departments such as accounting, purchasing, inventory management, and customer relationship management into one complete system.

    ERP Pros

    • An ERP streamlines all platforms. If you want to avoid finding other modules to run different parts of your business, an ERP can make it simpler for you.
    • Because it includes all parts of your business, it makes the warehouse functions seem like a "free bonus" that comes along with operating everything else in your company.
    • You can automate different aspects of your business, which can increase productivity and efficiency.

    ERP Cons

    • An  ERP can cost more in implementation and in the long run. You may have to purchase workarounds to compensate for the absent functionalities. For example, if you need more warehouse help, you’ll need to buy systems that will not interfere with the ERP system.
    • API is an essential factor for sharing data with vendors and flexibility with other modules. An ERP doesn’t offer this kind of flexibility.
    • An  ERP lacks an in-depth look at inventory and reporting to help maximize your space and increase efficiency.
    • ERPs are rigid and transactional because they operate across multiple departments.
    • Cost? Length of time you’re locked into contracts?
    • ERP is a jack-of-all-trades platform, with small components for each department, with limited specialized functionality.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    A Warehouse Management Software (WMS) s a software application used to manage warehouse or distribution center operations. It primarily manages and keeps track of inventory in a warehouse by keeping track of incoming and outgoing products. It also manages warehouse resources for optimized utilization.

    The main features of a WMS are barcode scanning, inbound operations (receiving, directed putaway),Outbound operations (order picking, order packing, order shipment),integration capabilities such as API, EDI.

    WMS software can be used in different models by customers. License and subscription models. Most WMS software are licensed based on number of users. The per user price in a license model can change from $1000 to $3,000 in top-tier solutions. In the subscription model. the per user fee changes from $100 to $400 per month. There can be also additional subscription and license fees for additional functionalities. All WMS software require one-off implementation fees that can change based on the complexity and scale of the project.

    WMS software is a subset of a 3PL software. Warehousing is the main service component of 3PL services. That's why 3PL software should include WMS (warehouse management system) functionality. In addition to WMS functionality, 3PL Software includes functionalities such as contract and billing, client portal.

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