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Inventory Fulfillment in ERP: When to Buy a WMS

Tired of your ERP’s inventory fulfillment system going down (again)? Is it time for a modern warehouse management system (WMS)? Supply chains are changing. Stop trying to fight back with your ERP.

Nearly 1/3 of retailers say that supply chain issues increased their overhead and diluted margins. How do you know when your warehouse operations have outgrown your ERP? Start by understanding what inventory fulfillment looks like in a system that does what it was built to do.

Since Deposco, we've actually gotten four times busier as an operation and we have hired just under half the amount of people to handle that amount of volume. So it's about a hundred percent increase in efficiency, which is amazing. And Deposco has been able to do that because we get a lot of data we didn't have before from simply using an ERP system. And then we use that data to do, to monitor our operation and to make, to fine-tune and tweak it to make it that much better.”

Four features only a modern WMS can provide

Strategically allocate inventory from the most logical warehouse location, batch pick, or waive based on order types. A modern warehouse management system lets you run your warehouse the way it makes sense.

A dedicated WMS integrates seamlessly with both your ERP and existing/future applications like eCommerce marketplaces, shipping platforms, EDIs, and 100+ others. Direct software integrations are pre-built by the WMS partner, allowing changes without the clunky, expensive, custom-built development project.

An ERP’s first focus will always be accounting, not improving your warehouse operations. A modern WMS removes limits on what you can do, and the data you can see. That means consistent updates and the latest functionality, always.

Real-time can mean different things in an ERP vs. a WMS. ERPs update inventory data daily, as necessary for accounting. However, even just a one-hour lag can inflate risk dramatically. In a WMS, data necessary for core business decisions gets updated about every 5 seconds, directly improving savings, accuracy, and customer experience.

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