Inbound Logistics | January 2024


Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a WMS for Your 3PL Business

Q What are the key advantages of a benecial warehouse management system? A Its DNA should be adaptable, flexible, and scalable to be able to start at a low entry point while guaranteeing exponential expansion. A warehouse management system gives clients the “keys to the car”—giving them the power to extend functionality on the fly without custom coding and time-consuming plans. Essential modules such as proprietary Warehouse Control System/WCS, natively integrated with WMS, and advanced module for interfacing, allow a seamless integration into any automation with minimum configuration by the client and not necessarily the WMS vendor’s development team. A top warehouse management system rapidly onboards new clients who will witness rapid and significant improvements. It is essential you oer exceptional customer experience right from the start without any additional labor costs. Q What criteria are signicant when choosing a WMS partner? A Speed of implementation: Ideally, you should look for WMS 3PL solutions that get your new client implemented in 12-24 weeks. The faster your system is online, the sooner you get back to focusing on all of your clients. Warehouse control tower: To revolutionize operations with real-time analytics. Billing and cost management: To undertake the full control, calculation, issuing, and

maintenance of all invoice data concerning warehousing activities.

Client-facing portals: To retrieve information on stock and order status in real-time, to submit orders and ASNs, and in general access and interact with the company through a multi- channel communication infrastructure. Expert customer support: Seek out WMS vendors that oer ongoing maintenance, local technical support, and training. Slotting capabilities: Use optimal methods to maximize space utilization and labor productivity and benchmark your DC operations with the best-of-breed of your industry. Increased productivity through automation: Automate logistics to reduce costs and improve tedious manual tasks. Client and location multi-tenancy: To support multi-tenancy for clients and locations for increased productivity and use of your locations especially in ecommerce. Parcel & LTL management: Maximize delivery e„ciency and reduce costs by simplifying shipments. Ecommerce platforms: Empower your multi- channel clients with pre-integrated marketplaces. Cross-docking: Reduce costs and increase speed and the space needed in your facilities. Returns: Select a WMS with ultimate reverse logistics performance. Total cost of ownership: A system with limited functionality and poor performance has major costs associated, even if the upfront cost is low.

Doug Bailey Director Logistics & Distribution Mantis Americas

Mantis, an international WMS vendor, has extensive experience in the 3PL industry with successful implementations in complex warehouse and distribution operations.

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