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How to choose warehouse management software

Carl Wasinger, a warehouse logistics expert, has given advice on what to consider when choosing warehouse management software (WMS).

Many small businesses manage their warehouses using spreadsheets that track inventory, order fulfilment and shipping. However, as the business grows, a spreadsheet becomes insufficient to cope with increased demand. WMS is the solution to organize the warehouse.

Carl Wasinger stresses the importance of finding the right WMS to deal with customers’ expectations for speedy and reliable service. Instead of necessarily going for the leading WMS system, find one with features that match the requirements of your business.
Choose a WMS that can handle business growth when order levels rise, not just one that is adequate for the current volume of orders.

Ideally, the WMS should integrate with your financial and EPS systems and link with the software or website of the shipping carriers your business uses.

Some warehouse management systems control item location technology that guides pickers to the exact location of order items on storage trolleys or ensures that goods arriving at the warehouse are stored in the correct position.

User-friendliness is important, according to Carl Wasinger:

“Small business owners typically don’t have time to learn new, complex systems. That’s why user-friendliness is an essential factor to consider.”

Before deciding on a WMS system, ask to use demo versions. Obtain at least three quotes on cost and make sure that any service charges are clearly stated.

It’s vital to choose the right WMS as the wrong one can be expensive, frustrating and inefficient.

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