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How to Choose the Right WMS for your Company

By david.yarbrough | June 29, 2015 | Blog

The correct warehouse management system can have a massive positive impact on your company. Implementing the correct system can provide incredible benefits for your business. But, how do you decide which one of the warehouse management systems to use? With so many things to learn and discover, the task of finding your new system can seem daunting. However, by following these steps you can make sure that you make the right decision.

Know Your Information

In any aspect of life, you should always do your research before making an important decision. The same practice applies when you are planning to get a new WMS. Right now there are countless numbers of warehouse management systems to choose from, so it is a good idea to spend some time researching the strengths and weaknesses of all of the available options.

As with any business decision, you will be faced with questions of why you made the decisions that you did. To be able to answer these, you should be aware of the positives that going with the new system will bring. Additionally, doing in-depth research will let you feel comfortable that the choice you made was the best for your company.

At What Cost

One of the most important things to consider when thinking about something new for your business is the cost that will come with it. There are many different aspects to consider when in the market for a warehouse management system that can be an additional cost to your company. At the same time, a new WMS can also save your company money as well.

The total cost of using the system is the first thing to consider. There are three main aspects you have to consider with using a web based warehouse management system:

  • The internet connection - The success of your new web based management system relies completely on the internet connection that you have in your warehouse. Because of this factor, you may have to upgrade the type of internet you are using. Purchasing high-speed broadband internet will ensure the best service for your company.
  • The hardware - When considering what new WMS to use, you need to figure out which one will work best with the hardware you already have. If you choose a system that is compatible with your current mobile and business devices, you will save money by not needing to purchase additional new products.
  • Employee Training - You need to consider how complicated your new system will be to teach to your employees. Having a simpler WMS allows you to quickly train your workers on how to use it effectively and efficiently. This will allow you to not only save money through your new more effective system, but by limiting employee training time as well.

Switching to a new WMS can be a difficult decision, but often it is the best decision as well. Just remember to do your research, especially regarding your company’s needs and the overall costs involved. This will ensure that you end up with the right WMS for your company and your budget.