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Critical WMS Features for Third Party Logistics (3PL) Providers

Critical WMS Features for Third Party Logistics (3PL) Providers

Critical WMS Features for Third Party Logistics (3PL) Providers

Ability to deal with the complexities of “many to many”

Because third party logistics providers (3PLs) manage inventories for multiple customers at multiple warehouse facilities often at multiple locations with multiple users, the warehouse management system must be able to handle this level of complexity. Each 3PL client is unique, with specific billing criteria, contracts, business processes and requirements making operations extremely complicated. It is critical to select a flexible software that can adapt to the needs of your business and customers, not require conformity to the software.

Multiple ownership of the same item type occurs frequently and must be supported by the WMS software. Billing for each 3PL customer, based upon their own contracts and specifications adds an extra layer of complexity. In addition, each customer handles the payment of 3PL services in their own way and on a different schedule.

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How does a warehouse management system (WMS) operate?

How does a warehouse management system (WMS) operate?

How does a warehouse management system (WMS) operate?

Warehouse management systems are linked or interfaced to other systems such as material handling equipment,  Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) systems, Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and accounting systems to interchange data that each system needs to complete operational processes.

The warehouse management system is also linked to a server, host computer and access points within the warehouse to allow the flow of real time information.  Information is conveyed from mobile devices such as handheld computers, voice, wearable and vehicle mounted mobile computers or tablets from the device to the warehouse management system via the radio frequency (RF) access points.

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What is a warehouse management system (WMS)?

What is a warehouse management system (WMS)?

A warehouse management system (WMS) is computer software that automates processes and inventory flow throughout the warehouse environment.    Many warehouse operations use other software such as Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems which handle finance/accounting, sales, service, manufacturing, customer relationship management and other functions.  The warehouse management system software would need to integrate with the software used in the warehouse, such as ERP systems, shipping and other software as well as the host computer system and other computerized and automated systems in order to provide a seamless flow of information throughout the enterprise.


Article Author:
Laura Olson,
Sales and Marketing Director
Datex Corporation
lolson@datexcorp.com
www.datexcorp.com