Buying a Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a lot like buying ice cream. However, deciding what you will have can be difficult. Not only are there at least 31 flavors, but also an endless number of ways to top (sprinkles, candy, fruit, syrup) and eat the ice cream (sugar cone, waffle cone, cup, mini-baseball hat).
Let’s say you decide on a traditional strawberry sundae. At first, you may think it is a fairly standard order, but even this classic recipe can be customized in countless ways. Here are some questions you may have to answer after placing the order:
- What size do you want?
- Do you want nuts?
- Do you want whipped cream?
- Do you want a cherry on top?
- Do you want chocolate sauce?
Buying a WMS really is quite similar. You may start the process thinking that you just need vanilla ice cream with strawberries, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. However, when you get into the actual implementation of the system and take into account the intricacies of your operations, your simple strawberry sundae quickly becomes a unique creation that’s just right for you.
All Warehouse Management Systems have nearly the same functionality out-of-the-box. Best-of-breed systems like irms|360 have been perfectly refined for 30+ years in the highest-performing warehouses. The blueprint of such WMS software embodies a lifetime of knowledge in the most successful operational practices and standards.
However, a system is deficient in knowing your particular business. The differences in your operational processes may be the key ingredients to your success. These processes may not directly sync with the out-of-the-box functionality of a WMS and will need to be made to order.
Beware of Legacy System Costs
Traditionally, such tailoring is bothersome for legacy Warehouse Management Systems. Too many modifications lead to costly budget and timeline overruns, and they can create issues when upgrading to new software releases. This is certainly not the ideal way to start your relationship with a WMS partner, or to begin seeing a return on your investment.
irms|360 is developed on a state-of-the-art Cloud/SaaS framework with a flexible layer of Business Rules. These Rules are the key to adapting the WMS to how you run your warehouse(s) and interact with your customers. The benefit of irms|360 is that it can support what makes your operations unique without much modification, and you can configure and reconfigure the business rules by yourself.
To put it another way, with a cloud warehouse management system you can customize your strawberry sundae exactly the way you want it.
Discover the power of the irms|360 Cloud Warehouse Management Solution in this quick 30-minute tour.
irms|360 provides real-time visibility and control over your operations to drive efficiencies and reduce costs in your warehouse.
During this 30-minute demonstration, you’ll see key functionality, including:
- Order management: intelligently monitor, sort and allocate work for maximum productivity
- Order picking: streamline order picking and determine the optimal pick sequence
- Packing and shipping: automate and streamline your packing and shipping process