If you’re reading this post, it’s probably because you’re not happy with your current warehouse management system, and you’re thinking about looking for a new one. If that’s the case, here are 4 signs that you should start shopping for a new WMS.
1. You don’t like your current WMS
If you don’t like your WMS, you should probably get a new one. You may not like it for important reasons, such as it doesn’t work very well. If that’s the case, then you definitely need a new WMS. What’s the point of having a WMS that doesn’t work?
But even if your reasons don’t seem to be a big deal, like you don’t like the layout or the design, those are still important factors. If you don’t like your WMS, for any reason, you will be less likely to use it and it will be less useful in promoting efficiency within your company.
2. Your WMS is difficult to use
A good WMS should be user-friendly and intuitive, not clunky or hard to figure out. One of the biggest selling points of a WMS is that it promotes efficiency, but that’s hard to do if it’s difficult to set up or to use for everyday tasks.
A WMS can also be hard to use if its processing speed is slow. If everytime you update your inventory there’s a time lag before the inventory updates across the system, you could end up with errors in your inventory that will lead to even bigger issues. A quick WMS is essential for productivity and accuracy.
3. Your WMS can’t handle your business’s needs
Every business is different, and therefore every business has different needs. If your business has special requirements regarding shipments, packing, storage, billing, or anything else, you need to make sure that your WMS can handle that. If your WMS is too generic and not adaptable, you may want to start shopping around.
3. Your WMS is out of date
Over the years, warehouse management systems have evolved and become more efficient and helpful than ever. With that being said, however, some of the older systems might be out of date. If your WMS can’t store things in the WMS Cloud, or it doesn’t integrate with shipping companies, that can be a serious drain on productivity.
You should also look to see if your WMS provides a mobile app that you can use on the go. One of the best things about a WMS mobile app is that it lets you know that your WMS carrier is committed to technology and that they will update their software as technology improves. Apps are also nice because they update automatically, giving you new features and bug fixes as soon as they’re developed.
If for any reason you’re not satisfied with your current WMS, take a minute to evaluate your company and its needs. Once you’ve done that, you can start looking for a WMS that will be compatible with your needs and help your company to be its best.