warehouse management software

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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Do you need special third party logistics (3PL) warehouse management system (WMS) software?

Do you need special third party logistics (3PL) warehouse management system (WMS) software?

If your business is a third party logistics provider, you will need warehouse management software (WMS) that handles 3PL billing.  Not all WMS software is designed for multiple clients.  If your company is a third party logistics provider (3PL), you will need software that can capture and bill for accessorial charges and bill according to the specific contract terms established for each client.  If your business does not use 3PL WMS software, your business will not be able to bill accurately, reducing your ability to capture revenue, lessening profitability.

How are warehouse management system software licenses sold and priced?

How are warehouse management system software licenses sold and priced?

WMS software licenses can be sold as named users or on a concurrent license basis.  Selecting a WMS software company that sells licenses on a concurrent basis can save your business money.  The term “concurrent user” refers to the total number of people (software users) using the   WMS software within a predefined period of time.  A “named user” software license means that the license is sold to be used by only that person named on the license.


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

What are the some of the benefits of implementing a warehouse management system (WMS)?

What are the some of the benefits of implementing a warehouse management system (WMS)?

Using an automated WMS as well as real time information provided from mobile computers can increase accuracy, efficiency and productivity tremendously and decrease labor.   Evaluation and implementation of a warehouse management system is the ideal time to evaluate current warehouse processes.  Installing a new WMS without doing so will not necessarily lead to increased efficiency.  The warehouse management system will make current warehouse processes run faster but if the current processes are flawed, greater efficiency will not be the end result.

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