The Magic 8 Questions

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The Magic 8 WMS Questions You Need to Ask Every successful organization today, regardless of size, faces constant pressure to improve and adapt to changes in the business climate, customer preferences and available technology. This pressure to improve is especially obvious in areas directly impacting an organization's bottom line, particularly the warehouse and distribution center. Demand for better WMS solutions to create efficiencies in these areas has resulted in a dizzying array of products ranging from embedded WMS modules that are included as part of an ERP solution and best of breed bolt-on WMS systems, to cloud-based systems that completely lack direct integration with business systems. The warehousing and distribution sectors expend a lot of time and energy to fulfill their core missions: receiving, putaway, cycle counting, picking, lot control and inspection, replenishment, manifesting and shipping of inventory. They are established, conservative and often seasonal business segments that have traditionally been driven by manual labor and disparate shipping and inventory tracking systems. Choosing the right WMS can not only make processes more efficient and help manage a workforce, it can also position an organization for growth and greatly improve customer service. How well do you know me? Can you see me now? Just how smart IS an intelligent WMS? Got a KISS strategy? Is inventory where it should be? Can you scale with me? Is it easy to ERP? Since it's all about the money, what about the ROI? About the Author Eric Allais, President and CEO of Washington-based PathGuide Technologies, Inc., has over 30 years of experience in marketing, product management and sector analysis in the automated data collection industry, including warehouse management practices in wholesale distribution. Contact Eric at eric@pathguide.com.

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