1) Maximum Functionality
Obviously, the first thing you need to learn about a WMS solution is what it can do for you.
When analyzing a WMS solution, ask yourself, “Will this WMS streamline our business processes?” For instance, if your company has a hard time measuring employees’ productivity, a good WMS solution will help. A WMS should be able to track what tasks an employee has performed (and where they were performed), giving you direct visibility your workforce’s efficiency.
2) Ease of Use
If a WMS is easy to use, it will reduce the amount of time you spend on employee training – for ALL employees, from pickers to senior management. A well-designed WMS lets users spend less time setting up and monitoring daily operations, so they are able to quickly adapt to new requirements. New employees can also be up and running in a matter of hours, instead of weeks. Most importantly, clear navigation ensures that all employees will be able to leverage the WMS functionality to the fullest.
3) Complete Transaction Management
A good WMS will let you manage everything from door to door – from receiving to manifesting.
You want a WMS that gives you detailed information for everything – products, employees, and transactions – every step of the way.
At a minimum, the following are some of the steps that should be tracked:
Putting away received goods
A WMS should be compatible with other versions of:
Fork truck-mounted RF terminals
Finally, how flexible is your potential WMS when it comes to different business types and sizes? A good WMS should have demonstrable success with wholesale and industrial distributors of all sizes.
5) End to End Solutions
Plug-in modules like Inventory, Billing and Customer support, HR/Payroll and other plugins to your WMS and enjoy the benefits of a mini-ERP to your company.