If you work in some form of logistical territory, chances are you’ve heard the term warehouse management systems being touted around and the endless debate that surrounds on which is the superior one. While there are different warehouse management systems for different situations and workplaces, there is an underlying truth that blankets any type of WMS, their purpose.

Warehouse Management Systems aims to assist in the consolidation of data and all matters relating to a storage facility, this is especially useful for those in logistics and in need of multiple streams of organisation with aspects such as inventory management, shipping and receiving and general stock management. While there are four core popular varieties of warehouse management systems, the decision on which one is more relevant for you and your company will depend entirely on a variety of factors. Some have greater strengths in smaller numbers while others cover a wider array of technicalities.

We will go through each one’s strengths and disadvantages as we progress, but take it from us, when it comes to warehouse management systems, it’s all relative.

1. Standalone

Standalone warehouse management systems are far and away the simplest ones to implement and integrate into a workplace. Requiring very little byways of consolidation, which is also a detriment for larger running facilities that require more complex oversight. Standalone warehouse management systems do cover two of the more fundamental necessities which are the operations of a facility as well as inventory supervision, without which, a company has no chance of running in any efficient manner.

The more affordable of the warehouse management systems, a Standalone is perfect for the smaller companies and those without the need for large scale operational coverage.

2. Cloud-Based Platform

Technology making its presence known in the modern workplace is truly making some impressive waves in the storage industry. The integration of the cloud-based platform is one of the more faster and convenient warehouse management systems. Being based on a server and off-premises, it reduces the cost quite considerably from the get-go.

Factor in the added conveniences of increased IT security, simple infrastructure and software integrations, impressively scalable and rather user friendly, and you have yourself the recipe for a decently priced WMS. In fact, a lot of third-party logistical teams already make use of the portably accessible and simple format due to so much of their business being outsourced from the get-go. 3PL, this is the platform for you.

3. ERP Module

An Enterprise Resource Planning Module or ERP is one of those warehouse management systems that is famous for improving and scaling rather effectively which makes it more than suitable for those companies looking to potentially expand within the next few years or so. While not directly dedicated as warehouse management systems, the ERP is a fantastic collaborator and contains the basic fundamentals that are required for an effective operation to continue running.

Compile this with the added caveat of being exceptionally helpful with the administrative side of operations which can be a daunting enough task to consolidate such as, project and risk management, purchasing and even customer service.

4. Supply Chain Module

Yet another complementary example of an effective WMS, this module works to expand on the capabilities of a company in terms of consolidated and across-the-board additives. Like any other WMS, it has the bells and whistles of your typical software along with added caveats such as customer service capabilities, vendor organisation, transportation, customer relationship oversight as well as a range of other indelible features. It is typically not used as a standalone WMS but in conjunction with others to fully facilitate proper coverage.