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How to Choose a Warehouse Management System
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How to Choose a Warehouse Management System When it comes to choosing the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business, it’s important to understand your warehouse needs and the benefits of having an integrated WMS before starting the selection process. That’s why we’ve created this guide—to provide the critical information you need to make the best decision possible. Whether your goal is to automate your warehouse operations for the first time or to upgrade to a more robust warehousing system, this booklet is an ideal resource for finding the right WMS—including information on how to build an effective project team, ask the right questions of your software reseller, and successfully implement the system. You may be wondering, “Why would Sage Software distribute a booklet that doesn’t promote its own products?” We know how important great information is to making great decisions. What’s more, we’re confident that the more people know about warehouse management software, the more likely they are to seriously consider —and ultimately choose—Sage Software solutions. We at Sage Software look forward to helping you succeed in choosing the best warehouse management system for your organization.
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Getting Started Today, more than ever, warehouse efficiency is a critical success factor to effectively manage your supply chain and achieve peak performance. Implementation of the latest technologies can significantly improve warehouse operations, employee productivity, and customer satisfaction. By installing the right system and realigning how your warehouse interacts with your employees, customers, and vendors, you can streamline your warehouse operations while achieving a high return on investment. Build the case for a new system The greatest challenge to implementing a WMS may not be finding the right system; it might be convincing your management team of the need for it. While most executives agree an accounting system is a must-have, the sentiment does not always apply to WMS. You probably have to sell the idea of a new system to the rest of your senior management team. They may be skeptical about whether the investment is really necessary. You’ll need quantifiable metrics, such as predictive error rate, RMA (Return Materials Authorization) costs, etc. That’s why it is important to determine all the ways your company will benefit from the system, both directly and indirectly, and be prepared to explain these benefits to senior management. Form a project team Assemble the team of people who will decide what your company needs from the new system and what functions it must include. Depending on the size of your company, team members may include the warehouse manager, a senior finance representative, and the director of IT. Define each person’s role and their level of
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