As a supply chain professional, you are always trying to reduce costs and stay ahead of the competition. That is why we wanted to share the top 8 blog posts read by your peers in 2014. These blogs will discuss best practices and key tactics to optimize your overall supply chain performance.

1. Reasons Warehouse Management Systems Have Graduated from the Warehouse to the Boardroom

No longer just a tool in the warehouse but now a partner in the boardroom, cloud computing has quickly ushered in a golden age for warehouse management system innovation.

Inventory management systems have been around in some form or another since the dawn of written language more than 5,000 years ago. From rudimentary handwritten records for tracking grain in ancient Egypt to the systems of today that can track millions of transactions a minute in the cloud, we’ve sure come a long way. Warehouse management systems are easier to use, faster, more accurate, and more flexible than you can imagine. Read Blog

2. Supply Chain Solutions You Can Learn from TED Talks

If you work in any field related to warehousing and the supply chain, you have to watch these 35 TED Talks for some life-changing supply chain solutions.

Cancel all your appointments over the next eight hours and watch these 35 TED Talks filled with life-changing supply chain solutions. From business advice to leadership and labor management techniques, these videos will help your business succeed. Read Blog

3. When is the Right Time to Replace My WMS?

Trusting an outdated WMS to run your supply chain is costing you thousands.

Advances in cloud platforms, integration, and accuracy have made the Warehouse Management System an integral part of running your business. No longer are they simply for on-the-floor workers and mid-level managers to use in the warehouse. A WMS is now a powerful analytical system used in the boardroom to forecast demand, financials, and problems in the supply chain. Read Blog

4. 5 Ways a Cloud-based WMS Will Win 3PLs New Business

Do your customers know how your cloud-based warehouse management system benefits them.

A cloud-based warehouse management system is a 3PL’s secret advantage to improve cash flow and win new business from the competition. As a 3PL, you are able to offer your customers so much more with a cloud warehouse management system than ever before. Make sure they know that. You should be discussing the benefits of a cloud WMS with your clients every chance – new business meetings, RFP responses, phone calls – you get. Read Blog

5. Smartphones Takeover the Warehouse

Convenient, easy to use, cost-effective, light and durable smartphones are fast replacing the bulky and expensive mobile handhelds in the warehouse.

Smartphones and tablets are beginning to takeover the warehouse. According to a recent survey by Honeywell, 20% of warehouses use smartphones in their daily picking and management operations, with another 42% working on a plan to implement them in the near future. In this day and age, RF guns just can’t keep up with the low cost and simplicity of smartphones anymore. Read Blog

6. Don't Be Fooled By Fake Cloud WMS Technology

A company selling a fake cloud product shows a fundamental unwillingness to invest in their clients' success.

Would you rather buy a new car from 1995 or 2014? The 1995 model may still be “new” in the sense that it’s never been driven before, but it’s missing 20 years of technology and innovation that have pushed the industry forward. You’re getting 1995 technology but paying the same price as if it had 20 more years of technological improvements behind it. Read Blog

7. Technology is Key to Omni Channel Success

Your supply chain faces a steep challenge as retailing evolves to Omni Channel. Make sure your technology is ready to step up to the task.

36% of in-store purchases are directly influenced by digital channels (either through research or through selecting in-store pickup). That is up a staggering 157% from just 14% in 2012. Based on preliminary data from this year so far, that number is predicted to jump above 50% in 2014. There’s no sense in singling out retailing as “Omni Channel” anymore. It is just the way things are now. Read Blog

8. 3 Questions to Ask Before Finalizing Your WMS Budget

Your budget is much larger than you think. Analyzing the following metrics within your supply chain will unveil a stockpile of extra money to add to your next WMS budget.

Look beyond the cost of a warehouse management system, and focus on what it will cost your organization to not buy it. From increasing efficiencies to cutting expenses throughout your supply chain, the final sticker price of your WMS should not be the only determining factor when weighing multiple options. Read Blog

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