Three reasons to adopt a cloud WMS today

In your supply chain, every inch and every cent count. A smarter warehouse management system can add feet and dollars to your business, allowing you to take advantage of good months and protect yourself against market shortfalls.

The modern WMS does this by deploying itself in the cloud as well as your warehouse, granting you improved visibility and the leverage you need to make smarter warehouse decisions. Here are three main areas where a cloud WMS can improve your operations and business intelligence.

1. Better control and growth

Improving control over operations and inventory means more efficiently running your business.

Cloud-based WMS provides you with a detailed look at your inventory, updated automatically via sensors in your network, and makes all of this information readily available to stakeholders throughout your organization. You control the data collected and delivered, opening it up for greater analysis.

This allows you to shift expenditures from in-house software teams to analysts who can focus on improving operational efficiencies. You control investment and direct it to what matters. Cloud systems also scale with your needs – matching bandwidth to grow during busy seasons or scaling down during lean times – by adjusting cloud support without the need for new infrastructure.

2. Customer service as a competitive advantage

Imagine that a customer calls your support line and asks about a shipment’s status. There’s no clearer death knell than your rep saying: “I don’t know.”

A cloud-based WMS will allow everyone on your team to determine the status of a package or shipment and relay that to customers in short order. Connected systems allow everyone to track shipments, verify or update arrival dates, and can even help that customer manage their own supply chain or warehouse.

3. It future-proofs your supply chain

Logistics technology is slow to change, but once a new concept is adopted it reaches across the entire supply chain. The cloud is reaching that adoption stage.

By moving your WMS to the cloud, you’re digitizing your data and providing status updates immediately through an electronic data interchange (EDI). The EDI allows your warehouse management to talk to your online store, ERP systems, and share information with your supply chain partners.

Logistics technology is slow to change, but once a new concept is adopted it reaches across the entire supply chain.

Many warehouse operations now desire EDI support, but soon this will become an extremely common WMS requirement. A cloud WMS helps you lay that foundation for future success.

Bonus reason: it’s affordable for all

The wide area network (WAN) connections that most companies will need, especially small businesses, to adopt and run a cloud WMS are steadily dropping in price for equipment and connectivity. The current trend in the U.S. and major markets in the EU is to reduce costs while also increasing speeds.

So, you’ll get all the benefits above and can expect to pay a reasonable price. The best news is that reduced costs here can mean lower costs for your WMS, whether you run your own or outsource it.

 

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Geoff Whiting

About the author…

Geoff is an experienced journalist, writer, and business development consultant with a focus on enterprise technology, e-commerce, and supply chain development. Outside of the office he can be found toying with the latest in IoT, searching for classic radio broadcast recordings, and playing the perpetual tourist in his home of Washington D.C.

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Geoff Whiting