Date: June 8, 2017
The 3PL warehousing world as we know it has fundamentally changed over the past few years. As a result, 3PL warehouses now need WMS solutions that can provide a whole new range of functionalities.
But in a marketplace filled with options, how can 3PLs be sure they will get exactly what they need? To help answer that question, we at 3PL Central have outlined what we consider to be the “Top 7 Traits Required of a Modern WMS.”
Modern WMS solutions must provide 3PLs with the ability to embed themselves into their customer’s business operations. In addition to performing flawlessly in the background, they should allow 3PLs to do things like add their logos to clients’ WMS logins and portals. This helps increase the 3PL’s visibility – and their customers’ trust.
In addition, a modern WMS must give 3PLs the ability to assign multiple levels of security to every account they have. The WMS should also enable customers to perform a variety of routine tasks on their own. This helps the customer save money - and the 3PL save time.
A modern WMS must provide the ability to automate such tasks in order to reduce the burden on the 3PL’s staff. In addition to reducing the workload on their employees, automated alerts can literally save a 3PL’s customers thousands of dollars by alerting them to events as they happen.
In addition to providing access, a modern WMS must be able to handle EDI and integration with multiple service providers, formats, FTP locations, and UCC-128 labels – as well as with a wide range of e-Commerce shopping carts.
The best WMS solutions on the market will also automate the entire process. Such systems capture billing information as part of their normal processes, thus ensuring no revenue opportunities are lost. In addition to greatly increasing the accuracy of a 3PL’s billing, it can also reduce the time it takes to compile billing from 2-3 days - down to a couple of hours.
For example, some customers may wish to access their information on their own – whereas others may wish to have it “pushed” to them via email. And some may want to have both options. A modern WMS simply must provide 3PLs with multiple options.
A modern WMS simply must provide such capabilities. Today’s warehouses require a modern WMS that supports multiple integration points for every single customer a 3PL serves. Nothing less is acceptable.
For more detailed information about each of our “7 Must-Have Traits of the Modern WMS,” we invite you to download our latest e-Book. To request your free copy, simply click here.
3PL Central was founded in 2006 by John Watkins and Nancy Rohman while running their own 3PL warehouse. When they were unable to find an adequate warehouse management system (WMS) to manage their own inventory and operations, they built the first cloud-based WMS solutions designed for 3PLs. Powerful, flexible, scalable, and specifically designed to help 3PLs and warehouses grow to the next level, our WMS solutions now serve more than 750 customers around the world.
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