Inbound Logistics | September 2023

T he supply chain is changing, sophisticated technology transforms supply chains, WMS solutions don’t just strive to keep pace with progress; they also help drive new advances. The selection process for a new WMS provider is marked by complexity and choices. INTO THE CLOUD WMS applications have made “a monumental shift” from on-premise platforms to cloud-based solutions, notes Jim Brochu, general manager of supply chain for Pivotree, an IT service management company. and along with it are warehouse management systems (WMS). As Meanwhile, companies continue to embrace real-time tracking and visibility that allows better inventory control while reducing errors. Integrating articial intelligence and machine learning algorithms allow a WMS to analyze large volumes of data and make intelligent predictions. “This helps optimize inventory management, improve order fulllment and enhance overall operational efciency,” says Amit Levy, executive vice president, sales and strategy for Made4Net, a WMS company based in New Jersey. The rise of robotics and automation in warehouses also presents a challenge for WMS providers to integrate and orchestrate those technologies. Generative AI is not just about automating jobs. “It’s making us smarter,” says Ann Marie Jonkman, senior director, global industry strategies, for supply chain management company Blue Yonder. As the technology continues to progress, it will play a more prominent role—making it an important consideration for those shopping for a WMS. There are many factors to consider when identifying the ideal WMS for your organization. Here’s how to get it right.

CHOOSING A WMS: 3 TIPS FOR the right pick

If you are in the market for a warehouse management system (WMS) provider, focus on your current business needs with an eye to the future. Here are the factors to consider and questions to ask to ensure you make the right choice. By Tom Gresham

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