In our previous article in a three article series, we explored essential qualities needed when choosing the right Warehouse Management System for your business in order to maximise revenue as well as work efficiency. Today we are going to carry on with this topic with three more essential qualities that need to be in place when choosing your WMS.
If you missed the first article, read it here.
Quality Number 1: How flexible is the WMS?
A Warehouse management software solution should have the capacity to scale within an organization’s growth and development as well as to adjust to meet future prerequisites.
To see if a solution is scalable and capable of growth, first see whether the WMS works with the majority of ERPs. You will need to ensure this is in place as you may change ERP frameworks when your company grows and you do not want to be hindered by your ERP. It is essential to know that your WMS will have the capacity to work with different ERPs. Another thought is if the WMS is built around an open design and open architecture. In the event that it is, your WMS will probably work with future applications and working frameworks (as opposed to tying you into a specific platform).
Another flexible quality would include hardware. A WMS should be compatible with other versions of:
- RF scanners/terminals
- fork truck-mounted RF terminals
- label printers
If your business is successful, it will grow and continue to grow. Your investments, including a WMS, should be able to grow with your business. That’s why flexibility in a WMS is important – so check to see if a potential WMS works with many ERPs, hardware brands and types, and business models and sizes.
Quality Number 2: Are the metrics useful and easy to read?
Not only is data essential, the presentation of the data is of equal importance. Having a large amount of data and metrics can seem impressive but if it does not explain core results in an easy to understand manner, it is useless.
A good WMS should allow you to easily create reports and charts that let you see how your warehouse is running. For example, a good WMS might track employee and warehouse performance in real-time across organizational groups, allowing management to compare performance of employee sets (morning pickers, evening pickers, receiving, etc.) and operational organizations (east division, west division, etc.). You want to invest in a WMS that measures the performance of individual employees against standards that include both speed and accuracy.
Quality Number 3: Does the WMS provide you with seamless ERP integration?
Your WMS has to work in tandem with your ERP to keep a business running. That’s why it’s so important that you choose a WMS that works with major ERP systems – seamlessly.
The WMS that you invest in must be fully compatible with your current ERP system. When choosing a WMS, ask if it’s compatible with Activant, Infor, JD Edwards, MS Dynamics or Oracle’s business solutions. In addition, a WMS vendor should be skilled at developing additional ERP integrations.
With Dovetail’s Warehouse Management Software System, optimal warehouse management is enabled through increased visibility and control. To ensure competitiveness and growth Dovetail also tailors its solutions to expand and continuously meet global requirements.
With Dovetail’s warehouse management software system, you will not only be able to grow your warehousing operations but will also be able to streamline and optimise your supply chain.
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