The Magic 8 Questions

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7) Is it easy to ERP? A top-notch WMS needs to be interoperable with ERPs from well- known vendors, including SAP, Oracle/JD Edwards, Epicor, Infor and Microsoft Dynamics. If it can't ERP with ease, there will be more headaches (and costs) as the WMS implementation progresses. For example, you might change ERP vendors as your company grows, so it's crucial to know that your WMS will be compatible with new products. One way to do this is to determine whether or not a WMS is built around an open architecture. If it is, your WMS is more likely to work with future applications and operating systems rather than locking you into in a proprietary and potentially expensive platform. 8) Since it's all about the money…what about the ROI? Price is important, but so is functionality, flexibility, integration, scalability, ease of use, customer support and more…all affect how the WMS can provide a tangible return on investment. A poorly chosen warehouse management system can end up costing you more than it saves as you attempt to fix problems with costly integration or customization work to fit requirements. That's why it's crucial to look at the overall value of a WMS solution – does the slightly more expensive WMS do more of what you need now and offer a lower total cost of ownership in the long run? The best WMS excels at simplifying tasks and boosting order/shipping accuracy, which directly reduce labor costs by improving warehouse throughput. The WMS can also be used to establish employee performance metrics and incentive programs that help control labor costs. These changes not only directly lead to higher profitability, they contribute to improved customer service – the real win-win. The difference between purchasing the right WMS and the wrong WMS can simply be a matter of asking these Magic 8 questions. The right WMS will save you time and money, and ultimately increase the efficiency and manageability of your business. The effects of that will be faster turnaround, fewer errors, well-managed employees, lowered costs and improved customer satisfaction. P a t h G u i d e T e c h n o l o g i e s 8 8 8 . 6 2 7 . 9 7 9 7 c l i e n t s e r v i c e s @ p a t h g u i d e . c o m The right WMS right will save you you time and money, time and money, and ultimately and ultimately increase the efficiency and efficiency and manageability of manageability of your business.

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