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The Most Powerful Warehouse Management Software On Cloud

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A Cloud Based WMS Software that Scales With Your Business

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.

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Complete Fulfillment Optimization

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

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Dynamic Put-Away Algorithms

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

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Plug and Play Sales Channel Integration

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

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Demand Driven Replenishment

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

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Automated Job/Task Management

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

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 Full Warehouse Operating Systems Features

    Logiwa ensures accurate and real-time tracking across all your online stores and ERP system. At the same time, our WMS products allow you to execute advanced fulfillment strategies like wave picking, batch picking, 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 WMS 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
  • See What Our Customers Say About Us

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

    We are using Logiwa WMS for 5 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. Umur Ozkal
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    Easy-to-configure WMS, in-depth functionality, capable of responding to various industries, top notch in retail and e-commerce, very knowledgeable team of supply chain engineers. John A. Caltagirone
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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. Greg Moser
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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.

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    Achieve 100% Accuracy With a Directed Putaway Process

    Putaway is one of the most important processes in your warehouse. It determines how long it takes to move an item from your dock to your warehouse shelves. In other words, the longer your putaway process, the longer items are “out of stock” and, therefore, not available to your customers.

    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.
  • Surpass Your Customers Expectations and Your Competitors' Capabilities.

    Improve your warehouse operations by implementing an advanced warehouse management software solution. Customers have seen a 35% improvement in their order fulfillment times.

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    The backbone of your warehouse operations

    Your WMS program should reflect the current realities of your operations and prepare your business for the future. Perhaps your shifting to a more significant portion of e-commerce sales. Or you're growing through mergers and acquisitions and have to integrate operations across multiple warehouses.

    Transitioning to a web based WMS will help you support sales growth and improve warehouse performance with the help of the wms 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 wms system must be able to view items no matter where they're located and how they may be sold.

    Speed Up Fulfillment With More Productive Order Picking

    Are you ready to fully optimize your warehouse operations? The order picking process is one of the most popular places to start. Picking accounts for more than half of a warehouse’s operating costs. Plus, it determines how quickly a product gets into a customer’s hand. Fortunately for ambitious warehouse managers, there are many ways to optimize the warehouse order picking process.

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    Walking Path Optimization

    With walking 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. A WMS 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.

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    Challenges Facing B2C Warehouses

    Depending on the type of warehouse (B2C or B2B), warehouses face different issues. B2C warehouses ship directly to consumers, and face the myriad of issues related to preparing and fulfilling small orders. B2B warehouses face the logistics of coordinating large orders, often using a WMS software not suited for today’s fast pace of business.

    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, accuracy and customer service.

    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 workforce which means additional licenses, additional industrial scanners, and training. A WMS 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 Items

    In e-commerce, the average number of single-item orders is around 30%-50%. A traditional WMS 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 WMS provides sophisticated shortage and backorder management to automate the fulfillment process.

    Challenges Facing B2B Warehouses

    B2B warehouses largely struggle with process inefficiencies due to increasing demand on legacy technologies. Many B2B warehouses were around prior to the ecommerce era. While they’ve been upgraded and utilize newer era equipment, they may need to be reimagined.

    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.

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    ERP’s Are Inefficient for Order Processing

    Enterprise resource planning systems aren't efficient for complete order fulfillment. Many also reported using multiple systems to manage different portions of the order fulfillment 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 Order 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 WMS software can elevate your B2B warehouse operations.

    Order 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.

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    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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    Businesses who sell online and have brick and mortar stores use Logiwa. Organize orders into waves. Set rules for fulfillment for specific sales channels.


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    Plan Your Daily Operations With Ease

    A WMS system manages products and its movements through your warehouse, and the labor required for your operations by using warehouse system software tools. The database includes information on individual SKUs, such as dimensions and packaging information, as well as warehouse storage locations and any storage restriction information. 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.

    Reduce Shipping Costs With a Warehouse Management Software

    When your warehouse is small, managing your outbound logistics isn’t a big deal. But as your business grows and the flow of goods increases, manually entering carrier data every day turns into an infeasible--and unprofitable--task. Eventually, a manual shipping process will hinder your growth by delaying shipments and dissatisfying customers.

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    By integrating shipping carriers, Logiwa warehouse manager system solves this problem. Instead of employees transferring information from the warehouse to the carrier, your 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 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 warehouse management software can quickly and easily connect to your preferred carriers.

    Mobilize Your Business With a Cloud-Based Warehouse Management System

    Logiwa is a cloud-based WMS system your team can access from a computer, tablet, or mobile device. Oversee your business, generate monthly reports, and troubleshoot issues from your office, at home, or while traveling.

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    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.

    Reduce The Cost of Doing Business By Maximizing Efficiency

    Your company has access to a wealth of data from across your organization. Are you doing everything you can with it? With the right data analysis tools, your company can generate powerful business insights to streamline operations, reduce operational costs, and discover new revenue opportunities. Transform your warehouse from a cost center to a business growth driver by looking at the most critical areas of your business with laser focus.

    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 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.
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    Automate Your Fulfillment Processes With Logiwa

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    What is warehouse management?

    Warehouse management is the management and control of daily operations in a warehouse such as receiving, putaway, picking, packing, shipping, counting. Warehouse management is not the same as stock management. Stock management is a smaller portion of warehouse management which you control stock levels. Warehouse management represent all the activities in a warehouse including stock management.

    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?

    A WMS 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
  • Do I Need a Warehouse Management System?

    Warehouses may be known for storing goods, but in today’s e-commerce world, they’ve become a hot commodity.

    Warehouse and distribution center availability is at the lowest it’s been since 2000. As people buy more products online and consumers demand faster delivery and response times, analysts expect the market for warehouse real estate will continue to tighten.

    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.

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    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.

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    What Are The Benefits Of a WMS Software?

    If you've been running your own warehouse with an outdated system or an ad hoc collection of spreadsheets, a new comprehensive WMS software will be a revelation. Because a warehouse management system software is such an integral part of the operation, it's not a quick-fix solution. It will play an essential role in the operational efficiency of your company, so take some time to learn about the best WMS software in the market.

    A leading WMS software will increase visibility, improve order 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
  • Which Warehouse Management System (WMS) Is Good For My Company?

    The type of warehouse software that's best for your company varies by your industry, current size and your growth plan. You'll want to choose a solution that can scale with your fulfillment business as it grows so that you don't have to go through the process again within a short time frame. 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.

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    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 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.
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    What’s the Difference Between a WMS and an IMS?

    While sometimes tossed around synonymously, these systems actually have different priorities. An inventory management system tracks your stock as it relates to transactions. Your IMS should help with purchases, returns, and credits. You may see software with features like:

  • 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.

    Why Should You Upgrade Your Warehouse Management System?

    You may find the idea of upgrading your current WMS intimidating. We can understand why. You feel like what you’re doing now works, so why upset the apple cart?

    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.

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    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.

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    What’s the Difference Between a WMS and a TMS?

    Successful fulfillment businesses rely on a variety of systems to ensure smooth operations. Two important systems are the warehouse management system (WMS) and the transportation management system (TMS).

    A good WMS and TMS helps 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, the WMS and TMS 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 WMS 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 your WMS and your TMS 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 WMS and TMS 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, the WMS and TMS 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

    Your WMS and TMS 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, WMS and TMS solutions allow e-commerce companies, warehouse businesses, and 3PL operators to create and maintain value across the entire supply chain.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What is warehouse management software?

    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.

    What are the main features of a WMS System?

    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

    How Much Does a WMS Solution Cost?

    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.

    What is difference between a WMS software and 3PL Software?

    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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