Global WMS Leaders and Their Сomparative Analysis
Warehouse Management System (WMS) represents itself as a software solution designed to support and optimize the operations and processes involved in running a warehouse. This includes activities such as inventory management, order fulfillment, shipping and receiving, and storage management. The goal of a WMS is to increase efficiency and productivity, reduce errors and costs, and improve customer satisfaction by providing real-time visibility into warehouse operations and inventory levels. In this article, we will conduct an analysis of global WMS leaders.
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Categories of global WMS leaders
Gartner analysts include Manhattan Associates, Blue Yonder, Körber, Oracle, SAP, and Infor as global WMS market leaders. These companies, depending on their market offer, can be divided into the following categories:
- Application mega vendors (Infor, Oracle, SAP). Vendors in this category provide a wide range of applications for covering the most crucial business functions such as financial management, human resource management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, order management, manufacturing, and supply chain management. Such companies provide multiple supply chain management solutions and marketing offerings that are not always on integrated platforms.
- Supply chain management suite vendors (Blue Yonder, Körber, Manhattan Associates). These companies provide a comprehensive Warehouse Management System along with a collection of multiple applications that concentrate primarily on Supply Chain Management, in particular, logistics-related areas such as warehousing, transportation, global trade, customer service, and sourcing and procurement.
Let’s take a closer look below at WMS market leaders in terms of the functionality they can offer to logistics service providers, retail, wholesale distribution, and other businesses.
Blue Yonder Warehouse Management is a top-ranked warehouse management solution powered by AI/ML technology. It seamlessly integrates and coordinates operations from the extended supply chain to either retailers or manufacturing clients.
- A unified solution for all fulfillment tasks, which connects and synchronizes labor, warehouse operations, transportation, and other activities in real-time without version limitations.
- Efficient management of inventory that covers the entire supply chain.
- Processing of incoming and outgoing requests in real-time.
- Coordination of resources that involves the synchronization of human labor, automation, and robotics.
- Advanced tools for improving labor productivity and effectiveness.
- Streamlined management of yard operations.
- Quality management.
Manhattan Active Warehouse Management is a cloud-native application, which does not need to be updated, as it is versionless. The system is powered by artificial intelligence.
- It is easy to improve stock-receiving processes through cross-docking, vendor performance, and quality inspection.
- Effective tools for reducing expenses associated with inventory checks by utilizing auditor-approved cycle counting capabilities.
- Automatic information capture through the use of contemporary handheld mobile devices, voice recognition technology, or integration with efficient material handling equipment.
- The software meets complex warehousing requirements such as value-added services, lot control, serial number tracking, and product recalls.
- Possibility to adapt to both omnichannel and multi-tenant fulfillment needs.
- Implementation of advanced order fulfillment methods with wave-based or waveless strategies.
- Dock door management and yard management functionality.
- Labor management capabilities.
- Slotting management.
Körber Warehouse Management Solutions applications are found in various domain areas and can be used by either small, mid-sized, or enterprise-level distribution centers. Körber also offers solutions that enable multi-client operations and management of multiple product categories within a single warehouse for 3PLs and logistics service providers.
- Inventory management.
- Slotting management.
- Optimizing end-to-end processes is achieved through integrating with ERPs, transportation and yard management systems, as well as other IT systems that complement each other.
- Order fulfillment and wave-based management.
- Effective resource and labor management through specialized tools.
- Route optimization.
- Advanced shipping and staging administration.
- Ability to integrate automation equipment from multiple vendor sources.
Infor WMS encompasses a multi-step put-away process, cross-docking capabilities, assembly of components into kits, a 3D visualization of the warehouse, and a seamless connection to automated material handling equipment.
- In-built receiving & put-away process with efficient appointment scheduling, quality control inspections, and directed placement of items, as well as handling returns, cross-docking, and flow-through operations.
- Inventory management.
- Provision of customized service solutions, including kitting, bundling, plus compliance labeling and specialized packaging.
- Labor management.
- 3D visual warehouse.
- According to the 3PL billing feature, Infor WMS integrates an advanced activity-based billing system with customer-specific cost calculation, invoicing, and billing.
Oracle offers a large number of WMS products. Among them, Oracle Fusion Cloud Inventory Management stands out as their primary solution in this category. Furthermore, it has integrations with other Oracle SCM systems such as Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management Cloud, Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing, and Oracle NetSuite.
- Inventory management.
- Management of dock operations.
- Yard management functionality that enables tracking of the equipment of the yard, observing trailers and their locations in the yard.
- Support for a wide range of inbound operations such as cross docking, pre-receiving, QC checks, and value-added services.
- Transportation planning.
- Outbound operations support.
- Wave-based management.
- Consolidation of multiple fulfillment channels into one streamlined process.
- Automated warehouse processes by integrating material handling equipment (MHE) with warehouse control systems (WCS).
SAP Extended Warehouse Management is highly adaptable and capable of handling a vast quantity of products, allowing for efficient and agile operations through digitalization and acceleration of warehouse processes.
- Easily embedded analytical tools. Real-time data is gathered automatically and can be combined with analytics to monitor crucial metrics, such as on-time shipping, inventory accuracy, distribution costs, order or line fill rate, order cycle time, and more.
- Ability to monitor statuses of warehouse orders, confirmations by storage location, goods receipts, and goods issues.
- Option to review the performance of operational resources in terms of activities and planned workload.
- Full visibility thanks to a holistic operational view, including integrated processes such as inbound and outbound deliveries, loading/unloading, physical inventory, warehouse replenishment, and stock positions, that can be obtained through end-to-end visibility.
- Real-time information.
How can Enginerasoft compete with global WMS leaders?
This is only a bird’s eye overview of WMS provided by the global leaders at the current time. A closer examination will reveal that every WMS software has its own strengths and weaknesses. None of the WMS available on the market are flawless, and it is essential to choose a WMS that perfectly suits your company’s needs and business purposes.
Enginerasoft offers custom development for logistics companies that need to automate their warehousing, inventory, transportation, demand planning, and procurement operations. We understand that the logistics industry is fast-paced and constantly evolving, which is why we focus on delivering flexible and adaptable systems that can keep up with the changing demands of the industry. Our team of experienced developers uses the latest technologies to create scalable and user-friendly solutions that meet the specific requirements of each client.
In addition to software development, we also offer comprehensive support and maintenance services to ensure that our clients get the most out of their investments. Our support team is ready to assist you with any technical issues and provide regular software updates to ensure that you stay ahead of the curve.
Overall, our goal is to help logistics companies streamline their operations, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction. With our custom development services, logistics companies can transform their businesses and take their warehousing and other valuable business operations to the next level.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding software development for a logistics company. We’re always glad to provide our assistance. You can reach us by phone, email, or through our website.