Is it time you moved to a Cloud WMS solution?
As a warehousing company or a company with warehousing operations, you cannot ignore the transformation that business technology can bring. Most warehouses need some sort of IT system to support warehouse operations – when pen and paper doesn’t cut it anymore and is causing more headaches than benefits. This can be a self-developed solution or a Cloud WMS module in an ERP system.
The market never ceases to evolve, and with the changes taking place in related industries, such as e-commerce, the need for constant adaptation becomes obvious. What we’re saying is that even your current on-premise warehouse management software isn’t going to be up to the challenge soon. It’s time to move to a Cloud WMS solution.
But when is it a good idea to invest in a more advanced, specialised cloud WMS solution? In this blog post we give you 4 reasons a “cloud” WMS can be a profitable investment – and some advice on what to look for when you decide to make the leap.
Changing software systems can be quite a big investment, in both time and money. In addition to paying for the actual software you might have to upgrade your hardware, your employees will have to be trained, and productivity in the warehouse might go down for a period of time. Still, investing in a cloud WMS can be a strategic decision when it comes to the long-term profitability of your company – especially if distribution is a critical part of your business. And here are four reasons why.
Reason 1: To Future-Proof Your System Solution
Using a self-developed system for warehouse management can seem to be a cost-efficient solution. But it also makes your organisation vulnerable to change. Often only a few people know the system in depth, and if they leave the company critical knowledge is lost. Making necessary updates when your business evolves, or adapting to new technology, takes time and effort for the IT-department, and might steal resources from the daily operations. Changes in the WMS module of an ERP system can also be costly and complicated, since this might affect other parts of the system. Therefore, a specialised cloud WMS from an established vendor is a good way to make your business adaptable to a changing future.
Reason 2: To Make Things Better
Any warehouse system support is meant to help keep things in order in the warehouse. But a cloud WMS can do much more than that. It acts as “the brain” of the warehouse, analysing, optimising and prioritising activities and processes in real-time. Faster picking, less picking errors, increased traceability, and optimised storage are all positive effects of an efficient WMS, and contributes to a fast ROI on your investment. In other words, a cloud WMS doesn’t only get things done, but done better.
Reason 3: Not Having To Reinvent The Wheel
Using a cloud WMS supplier for your warehouse management software also mean tapping into a network of knowledge and connections. Your WMS supplier will not only sell you a system, but can help you develop your warehouse operations, based on their experience from other customers and knowledge of new technological possibilities. They probably also have lots of valuable partnerships, in areas such as hardware, automation, and transport systems.
Reason 4: The Benefits of Cloud Computing
Reduced costs aside, there are plenty of other benefits that can be realised with a cloud-based WMS. There seems to be a misconception among warehouse operators that moving to a new and improved system only costs more. This is totally wrong.
Transitioning to a versatile and best-of-breed cloud WMS allows for greatly improved warehouse performance. With a cloud WMS, you also have free upgrades as part of the package, which means your software is never outdated and you never have to deal with version lock. The onus of updating and maintaining the system falls on the shoulders of the service provider instead.
Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits:
- Rapid implementation:
- Cloud WMS can be implemented in a very short amount of time. Vendors take care of everything from configuration to hosting. This means that implementation takes place in weeks, rather than months or years – which is the case with on-premise WMS.
- Reduced capital expense:
- Cloud WMS eliminates the need for long-term licensing, specialised tools and resources to maintain the system. This, in turn, removes the need for significant capital outlays. Businesses, because of this advantage, can afford to become nimbler and ease their burdens.
- Improved scalability:
- Cloud WMS provides scalability in two ways. First, the program can be operated using any web-enabled computer. There is no need for hardware to be updated or changed. This also means that deployment is easier than ever and that the warehouse can be connected to the main system remotely. Secondly, additional licenses can be activated based on need and growth, which facilitates scaling as per requirements.
- Easy to use:
- A cloud WMS is the more practical version of a legacy WMS and therefore, very uncomplicated for the end user. With interfaces that are easy to navigate and to understand, carrying out fulfilment and picking operations becomes simpler. These operations can even be optimised.
Okay, you convinced me. But what should i look for in a Cloud WMS?
What is the right cloud WMS solution for you obviously depends on your business needs, but four good key words to keep in mind when buying a WMS are Flexibility, Scalability, Real-time, and Partnership. A flexible and scalable system based on real-time data, from a supplier with focus on partnership and long-term development, is a good start to always stay on top of your warehouse operations.
Want to know more about how you can optimise your warehouse operations about us today? ClarusWMS can help.
Speak to one of our team to understand how Clarus’ WMS system can cost effectively support best practice warehouse management processes, better customer service and highly efficient working for a range of warehouse operations with pay per month options and no IT infrastructure needed.
Our platform can scale from a one user, small depot system to a 100’s of user distribution centre operation. The ClarusWMS platform will cost effectively scale with your business based on demand.
ClarusWMS is a UK based supplier of warehouse management solutions with a wealth of industry experience in third party logistics, wholesale / retail distribution, online fulfillment and manufacturing warehousing.