Since it’s such an established technology, you may be thinking that there’s absolutely nothing new going on in the warehouse management systems (WMS) space. Well, you’d be wrong. Although the developments haven’t been as dramatic as they were 10 years ago, much progress has been made to enhance operations and reduce cost of ownership—and more warehouse/DC managers are beginning to make the move to upgrade.
“The WMS market is going through a metamorphosis,” says Steve Simmerman, director of business development for Next View Software (714-881-5105). “Users have systems that are eight-plus years old and too expensive to maintain and upgrade, too difficult to configure, and have outdated functionality. The solutions have matured, and that’s why we’re seeing more replacements.”
While the changes have been more evolutionary than revolutionary, they range from enhanced functionality and better integration with other supply chain systems to new modes of delivery and use. Here’s a deeper look at the top five trends that are the driving the evolution of WMS.
About the Author
Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large
Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC (http://www.saraspecter.com). Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery (http://www.BellsUpWinery.com).
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