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CAPITAL INVESTMENTS

CHOOSE
WISELY
WHICH WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IS RIGHT
FOR YOUR DIGITAL ORDER PROFILE? BY RICHARD BARNES

In the Spring 2017 issue of
Wholesale and Distribution
International, I discussed
how distribution centers are
going to have to deal with a
more diverse order profile
in the new digital age.

frequent with a smaller number of items
and customers will ultimately be ordering
only what they need. Previously, I examined the four major picking categories, including the advantages and disadvantages
of each. This article will explore the features of warehouse management systems
(WMS) so you can determine the correct
WMS for your digital order profile.

Wholesale orders will be changing from
pallet-size orders to case-size orders.
Digital orders from the web will be more

PROVIDER FUNCTIONALITY

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There are a wide variety of WMS vendors
and an assortment of functionality they

provide in their software. Here are the
three major types of WMS systems categorized by cost and the key functionalities for processing digital orders.
The first group of WMS software
vendors provides the highest degree of
flexibility with fully configurable features and functions, but also demands
the highest price. This category includes
on-premise, best-of-breed (BoB) leaders. Depending on requirements, these
can be the best option for fully digital
distribution centers.
The second group of vendors provides
a good amount of functionality at a moderate price level. WMS in this group may
include the warehouse module of the
company's enterprise resource planning
(ERP) system. Moderately priced BoB
companies may also fall into this category and offer significant value for their
features at this price point. On the other
hand, the digital order profile functionality may not be as configurable in these
WMS and modifications or enhancements may be needed to make the soft-


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