The Top 5 Warehouse Management Software Vendors
By: Laura Canter
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Business-Software.com has just revealed a new list of the top Warehouse Management Software Vendors. Companies in all industry sectors today are under an extraordinary amount of pressure to keep their supply chains running smoothly. Moreover, there is an increasing need for a rapid turnover of goods in warehouses and distribution centers. An efficient way to assure organization and keeping a supply chain company successful is having an optimized warehouse management system (WMS).
According to Business-Software.com, a WMS is “a software suite that delivers the capability to map any warehouse structure according to the customer’s specific requirements, increases the speed and efficiency of distribution processes, and optimizes internal goods movements.”
Epicor was founded in 1984 and serves over 20,000 customers in more than 140 countries, providing solutions in over 30 languages. Epicor delivers end-to-end, industry-specific solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail, hospitality and services that enable companies to drive increased efficiency, improve performance and build competitive advantage.
Epicor’s WMS offers a uniquely comprehensive warehousing, supply chain management and supply chain execution solution. Without the interferences of a black box, middleware or interfaces to maintain, Epicor’s WMS provides a powerful solution to address all aspects of an order fulfillment, warehousing and distribution requirements.
Epicor’s WMS solution is part of the company’s extensive range of SCM software--part of its end-to-end ERP solutions. Based on an industry leading service-oriented architecture (SOA), Epicor SCM is complemented by the gamut of enterprise capabilities, including customer relationship management (CRM), supplier relationship management (SRM) and supply chain execution (SCE).
NetSuite Inc., provides an on-demand suite of integrated business management software services worldwide. These services include a suite of applications that provide accounting/enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and e-commerce software to enable customers to integrate front-office, back-office, and e-commerce management capabilities into a single platform.
NetSuite delivers its retail management solution over the Internet as a subscription service using the software-as-a-service or on-demand model, as well as through relationships with channel partners.
NetSuite is the number one integrated, web-based business software. It helps businesses manage their entire company with one complete system. This WMS includes online accounting software, enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and ecommerce.
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SYSPRO was formed in 1978 as one of the first software vendors to develop an enterprise resource planning solution. Currently,SYSPRO is a global business solutions vendor with offices on six continents and over 1500 channel and support partners.SYSPRO is an internationally recognized, leading provider of enterprise business solutions.
According to Business-Software.com, “SYSPRO’s Advanced Warehouse Management System ensures that material is located correctly, delivered to the shop floor just-in-time, stored and then accurately picked for dispatch to the customer.
“With SYSPRO’s WMS solution, transactions are captured at the source, ensuring accuracy of stock information. Operators can pick against a pick list, in conjunction with bar-code scanning, removing the problems typically associated with dispatch errors.”
CDC Software, The Customer-Driven Company, is a global provider of enterprise software applications designed to give its customers the business agility they need to change and evolve along with their customers, respond to shifting needs, market changes, and new opportunities as they arise.
According to Business-Software.com, “CDC Software offers a diverse set of industry-specific solutions built to reflect the business processes and demands of distinct lines of business. By embedding industry-specific functionality and best practices in our solutions, we offer faster implementation, lower total cost of ownership, and superior business fit. We also rely on regular feedback from customers, industry user groups, industry analysts, industry associations, and regulatory bodies to shape our solutions to meet critical industry requirements and fit unique business processes.”
TECSYS is recognized as a market-leading provider of warehouse management, transportation management and distribution management software and industry-expert services to mid-size and Fortune 1000 corporations in healthcare, third-party logistics and general high-volume distribution industries.
Business-Software.com states: “TECSYS’ software solutions are Internet-based; they can be deployed on premise, on such servers as IBM P-Series, they can also be hosted applications or be deployed as a SaaS model. TECSYS’ software can easily be interfaced to other complementary software applications and materials handling equipment. Internet-based with SOA architecture,TECSYS’ software applications can be deployed anywhere and can be accessed from any device at anytime.”
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.