WMS Software Management

WMS Market in the Midst of Transitioning to Cloud

A warehouse management system’s (WMS) primary mission is to manage a warehouse’s resources, including space, labor, equipment, tasks, and material flows.  A WMS is a real-time solution (not systems that generate paper-based picking lists) and includes a variety of complementary solutions: labor management, voice recognition, warehouse analytics, and warehouse optimization solutions.

Users, and not just smaller companies, are beginning to demonstrate a distinct preference for Cloud based solutions sold in the SaaS model.  When companies commit to SaaS, they take a significant revenue hit in the first few years after the transition.  When big WMS companies commit to SaaS, the growth of the whole market is impacted.

The other major factor impacting WMS market, is the growth in ecommerce and omnichannel.

Strategic Issues
The core issues impacting this market are the shift toward a user preference for SaaS and the demands for ecommerce WMS solutions.

  • Which suppliers are most committed to the SaaS model?
  • How much will the move to SaaS reduce near term growth in this market? How much will implementation and maintenance revenues be impacted?
  • Which suppliers are benefitting from ecommerce WMS implementations?

 

Industries

MANUFACTURING

MANAGE PRODUCTION WITH YOUR WMS

When it comes to warehouse management needs, manufacturers experience the same challenges as finished goods distributors, including the need to control inventory from receipt through shipment and the optimization of resources. Controlling raw materials, setting up work cells, manufacturing runs, and receiving finished goods and inventory reconciliation are additional challenges—and PowerHouse is equipped to handle them all, enabling manufacturing companies to more efficiently manage production operations.

PowerHouseWMS has these manufacturing-specific features:

• Configurable Production Cells
• Integration with Manufacturing Execution Systems
• Multi-level Bill of Materials
• Kit Building
• Automated Raw Materials Replenishment
• Automated Lot Assignment & Receiving

The Production Module that is built into PowerHouseWMS provides companies with a manufacturing execution solution to accept and process work orders. With the ability to manage multiple work cells, assign lots, automate raw materials deliveries and the receipt of finished goods, the Production Module effectively extends your WMS solution to the production floor, enabling your manufacturing operation to be fully integrated with your overall warehouse operations—improving through-put, materials tracking and visibility.

Additional key features include:

• Configurable Production Cells
• Raw Materials Lot Traceability
• Capacity Driven Materials Replenishment
• Consumption Based Replenishment
• Multi-Level BOMs
• Lot & Date Code Assignment
• Automated Receiving Processes
• Inventory Reconciliation
• Product Labeling

APPAREL

APPAREL & FOOTWEAR MULTI-DIMENSIONAL CONFIGURATION

We understand the specific challenges that the distribution of apparel and footwear present. That’s why we have built apparel-centric functionality into PowerHouse—to meet the unique need to manage multi-dimensional products sold through multiple distribution channels. The system optimizes inventory control and product visibility, allowing you to manage inventory at both the SKU level and via style/color/size.

Flexible inventory tracking is a feature that you can’t do without in the apparel industry. You may receive material in the warehouse in a configuration such as pieces per case or GOH, but the shipment receiver requires a different configuration. PowerHouse provides the ability to manage multiple pack configurations to meet these customer requirements.

PowerHouseWMS provides additional features to satisfy customer-specific needs:

Value Added Services: Configure PowerHouse to direct activities, and capture labor and transaction history to be used for 3PL billing and performance metrics.

Collaboration/Compliance: Trading partners have come to expect detailed Advance Shipping Notifications, compliance documentation and labels. PowerHouse leverages EDI solutions to give your customers the information and documentation they require.

Multi-Channel Distribution: Manage fulfillment to your own stores, trading partners, department stores, online orders or through other distribution channels with the distribution and fulfillment processes built into PowerHouse.

Additional key features include:

  • VAS transactions present revenue opportunities
  • System directed VAS improves productivity
  • VAS reporting facilitates client accountability
  • Inbound VAS can be enabled to move products directly from receiving to processing, eliminating excess handling
  • VAS can be directed at any point in the warehouse life cycle
  • 3PL providers can offer a greater range of services, making them more attractive to potential customers

PHARMACEUTICAL AND FOOD

MANAGING THE INTRICACIES OF PHARMACEUTICAL AND FOOD DISTRIBUTION

If you are involved in either the food or pharmaceutical industry or both, you know how complex the regulations are, and how strict requirements mandate that detailed lot and date tracking information must be maintained throughout the entire product lifecycle. Managing all of the aspects of lot and product transaction history can be costly and difficult—without the right systems in place.

PowerHouseWMS is fully equipped to meet the most demanding compliance challenges, whether the products you manage are governed by the FDA, USDA, CPSC or others. The system allows you to access detailed information regarding the pedigree and disposition of any inventory that passes through your distribution center, and provides the ability to immediately respond to product recalls with detailed transaction accounting, inventory status and shipment histories.

Food and drug-specific features:

• Flexible Lot and Date Control
• FIFO, FEFO and User Defined Picking Rules
• Shipment Date Threshold Management
• User Defined Process Flows
• Catch Weight Functionality
• Change Control & Security
• On-Demand Recall Reporting
• Validation Ready
• Reduces Compliance Related Costs

With a PowerHouse solution, you can position your company to implement the systems, procedures and controls that are vital to a successful and efficient pharmaceutical or food distribution service.

ECOMMERCE

RAPID ECOMMERCE FULFILLMENT

eCommerce companies need features tailored to their market. Accurate inventory control and rapid fulfillment are the crucial success factors in this industry, due to the customers’ expectation when making a purchase through eCommerce sales channels that the goods they receive will be exactly what they ordered, and that they will receive it quickly.

In addition to the advanced WMS functionality needed to optimize warehouse operations, PowerHouse has these eCommerce-specific features:

• Integration to eCommerce Shopping Carts
• Ship-For, Bill-To (Drop Ship) functions
• Real-time Inventory Updates
• Customized Packing Lists
• Special Services , such as gift wrapping
• Transportation & Parcel Tracking

Because shopping cart integration is a major key to your success as an eCommerce company, we have made sure that PowerHouseWMS supports the most popular shopping carts and can be easily integrated with your provider. Even orders coming in from multiple shopping cards can be integrated within the system for immediate fulfillment. WMS integration also enables available-to-sell quantities that reflect real-time inventory levels to be posted in the shopping cart, eliminating possible backorders or out of stock situations.

Additional key features include:

• Scalable capacity for any size business
• 3PL Enabled for Multiple Owners
• Updates Shopping Cart Site with Available to Order
• Supports Pick & Pack with Special Instructions
• Shipment Confirmation Emails with Tracking Numbers
• User Configurable Process Flows

THIRD PARTY LOGISTICS

THE 3PL SOLUTION OF CHOICE

PowerHouseWMS has the flexibility, configurability and robust features that third party logistics providers need to manage many different business types. The system allows you to perform the four most critical aspects of 3PL service:

  • Quickly adapt to client requirements
  • Collaborate with supply chain partners
  • Maximize resources
  • Deliver on-time

Meeting demanding challenges head-on, PowerHouse provides real-time enterprise wide visibility and benchmark functionality. Industry-centric functions for apparel, foods, pharmaceuticals, automotive and publishing, as well as pick and pack, bulk handling and user-configurable process flows enable you to meet new business opportunities with confidence.

With a design focus on agility, PowerHouse allows for rapid deployment and easy adaptation to diverse business requirements. As needs change, you can incorporate new service offerings and respond to customers quickly. With capabilities to address any fulfillment requirement, your business becomes more attractive to current and potential clients.

Additional key features include:

  • Multi-Owner, Multi-Warehouse Enabled
  • Profile Based Billing of Activities, Storage, Periodic and Accessorial Charges
  • System Directed Value Added Services
  • Industry Tailored Functionality: Apparel, Publishing, Pharmaceuticals and more
  • Kit Building with Multi-level BOM
  • Quality Inspection and Holds
  • Integrated Transportation Management
  • Returns Processing
  • Business Integration: ASN’s, EDI, B2B & B2C, ERP and Accounting Systems
  • Scalable to Any Size Business
  • Flexible User Configurable Business Rules Put You in Control

REVERSE LOGISTICS

GAIN VALUE THROUGH RETURNS PROCESSING

Returns can be a headache if not managed properly. As a critical product life cycle phase, the need to support reverse logistics is not only important, it can be an opportunity to capture additional revenues that would have been lost without the proper supportive systems. Whether your company manages the distribution of its own products or outsources logistical services to a 3PL, the ability to provide return services is fully dependent upon the capabilities of your WMS. PowerHouse provides the ability to process all types of returns with high speed modules—some even with specialized functions for goods such as apparel, publishing, spirits, and more.

One of the first steps of the process is usually creation of Return Materials Authorizations (RMAs) which can be accomplished through PowerHouse. Integration touch points also support EDI, ASN and other forms of notification.

Once the goods are returned, PowerHouse provides process controls to move goods back to available inventory or as needed. Disposition of goods may require returns to the manufacturer, refurbishment, placing items back into inventory, disposal or many other paths. The WMS allows for the items to be easily inducted and assigned conditions that will enable system-directed moves to process the inventory efficiently.

Additional key features include:

• RMA Creation & Processing automates returns
• High volume returns processing provides capacity
• Quality Inspection ensures product standards
• Grading enables discrete inventory tracking
• System directed disposition guides operators
• Reverse Logistics push products back to market
• Recycling/Green Initiatives ensure returns are dealt with safely

WMS Software Providers

WMS Software Providers

BizSlate
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BizSlate is a cloud-based inventory and order management solution which measurably helps distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers in the apparel, footwear, accessories, housewares, and consumer goods industries increase revenue and profit by improving operational and supply chain efficiency. BizSlate seamlessly integrates with QuickBooks Online (QBO), Ecommerce platforms (e.g. Shopify) and EDI systems to accurately synchronize real-time inventory data across all sales channels.

TradeGecko

TradeGecko is a Cloud-Based Inventory & Order Management Platform built to make commerce effortless for Brand Owners, Wholesalers and Distributors. Control your Inventory with Advanced Optimization, Forecasting, and Planning. Centralize your Inventory, Purchasing & Sales, by integrating TradeGecko with QuickBooks/Xero, Shopify/WooCommerce/Magento, ShipStation/ShipIT and more. Use the B2B Platform as an Online Wholesale Store. Invite buyers to custom product/price views and place orders directly.

Cin7

Cin7 is the world’s most integrated inventory management software with all-in-one cloud Inventory, POS, B2B, EDI and 3PL. Cin7 allows you to manage all your sales channels, inventory, point of sale and supply chain in one central, cloud-based software. Cin7 offers native integrations using third party logistics (3PL) interface and electronic data interchange (EDI), catering for businesses increasing trend to sell globally. Discrete manufacture, sell, manage and fulfill with Cin7.

LA WMS

LA WMS manages warehousing and order fulfillment in retail, e-commerce and 3PL industries. LA WMS empowers clients to achieve the most by optimizing costs, improving customer service and reducing time-to-value. LA WMS allows retailers to sell more by synchronizing inventory and orders across multiple sales channels, save operational costs and increase margins.

Fishbowl

Fishbowl is the #1 requested add-on for QuickBooks. Fishbowl allows small and mid-sized companies to stay with the QuickBooks platform for accounting while incorporating advanced inventory tracking. Multiple locations, part detail tracking, manufacturing, credit card integration, UPS/FedEx integration, LIFO/FIFO/Standard accounting methods, landed costs, consignment, and a COMPLETE wireless bar-coding system for warehouses. EDI, shopping cart, merchant services–the list goes on.

Inventory Control

Wasp Inventory Control is a complete inventory management system for small businesses (5-99 employees). Dramatically increase profitability with an automated, real-time, user-friendly approach to inventory management. Eliminate inventory write-offs, quickly perform audits, and stop wasting time searching for lost inventory. We include everything you need (mobile computer, printer, & supplies), and we include FREE, Live Getting Started Training & FREE, US-Based Phone Support.

SalesWarp

SALESWARP is a distributed order management system designed for retailers at every stage of growth. As the engine for omnichannel selling and fulfillment, SalesWarp provides global visibility of real-time inventory, orders, and customer purchase history from one centralized system. With intelligent business logic, SalesWarp helps retailers manage operations and data more efficiently across the organization.

Blue Link ERP

Blue Link ERP is an integrated Accounting, Inventory Management & Business Management ERP software solution complete with Contact Management and eCommerce integration. Our software is perfect for mid-size companies in the wholesale distribution sector with 5 – 100 employees. Inventory features include: Tracking, Backorder fulfillment, Inter-Company/Warehouse Transfers, EDI Integration and eCommerce integration. Available in North America and the Caribbean only.

FinancialForce Inventory Management

FinancialForce Inventory Management is a system for all your dock to stock and stock to dock transactions, giving you the tools and intelligence you need to simplify and leverage inventory data across your organization.

eTurns

eTurns manages stockroom inventory at the point-of-use (POU). It works with any ERP/WMS system. Distributors get downstream visibility into their end-customers’ POU inventory, therefore knowing their re-supply needs first. Manufacturers manage expense and MRO items at the POU from multiple vendors with one tool. Our eVMI sensor-managed inventory solution automates inventory management. eTurns pays for itself in 1-2 months–optimizing inventory, decreasing carrying costs and cash-to-cash cycles.

Finale Inventory

Finale Inventory is the #1 cloud-based inventory management system–easy to understand, affordable, and adaptable to the needs of your business. You can access Finale from a web browser or mobile device from anywhere, so employees in different locations all have a consistent view of your records. Integrates seamlessly to many eCommerce selling platforms to prevent overselling. Bundle our software with barcode scanning hardware for a comprehensive inventory management system solution.

Ecount ERP

Fully integrated, Web-based inventory management software for small and mid-sized businesses at only $55 per month (unlimited users). Includes serial/lot number tracking, ordering portals, after-sales management and more. All inventory information will be updated automatically in all locations. Available in English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese. Free training and support provided. Start a free trial today!

VISCO

Software for importers and wholesale distributors. VISCO is an ERP software designed specifically for companies that are importing and distributing. Uniquely designed to handle profit by shipment, inventory visibility (including over seas and on the water), document management (Bill of Lading, Packing List, Commercial Invoices) as well as foreign currencies and unit of measure conversions. Integrates with QuickBooks. Free demonstration available.

Paragon ERP

ERP sucks. And while it touches the lives of millions, ERP isn’t getting better. So, after almost 30 years in the business, we knew it was time for change. We went back to the drawing board to build a system from the ground up. We made a list of all the things that people hate about bad ERP and designed a solution to address them. By focusing on an awesome user experience, simpler customizations, painless implementations and lower upfront costs, ParagonERP was born.

ChannelApe

We’re entirely different from every other name here. Most SaaS companies built their platform 20 years ago. We designed ours on a micro-service architecture – which means our platform is newer, smarter, faster and truly end-to-end. At the same time, it costs less. Our team is hungry and driven. You owe it to your business to explore the future of inventory management. Click, call, send us an email or get a free trial – we’ll prove this to you in minutes. If we don’t deliver you can move on.