Warehouse Management Software

Warehouse Management Software Overview

What is Warehouse Management Software?

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are software platforms related to inventory management systems in that their primary function is to track and assist with the optimal management of the organization of stock.

Warehouse management systems emphasize shipping and optimal physical storage of merchandise to ensure minimum human error and eliminate the need for paperwork.

The key difference between warehouse management systems and inventory management systems is their complexity. Warehouse management systems are better choices for enterprises that actually operate warehouses. Warehouse management system goes beyond inventory management systems by telling administrators not only how much of a particular item they have in stock, but where it is located in their storage facilities.

Warehouse Management System Features & Capabilities

  • Advanced verification functions
  • Automated replenishment
  • Automated job and task management
  • Complete fulfillment
  • Counting system
  • Exceptions management
  • High-volume returns support
  • Multi-warehouse management
  • Order allocation
  • Pre-staging tools
  • Picking functions
  • Plug and play sales channel, marketplace, eCommerce, shipping, and accounting/ERP integrations
  • Put-away algorithms
  • Receipt of goods tracking
  • Storage and inventory management
  • Support for specialty materials
  • Wave (or group) planning

Warehouse Management Systems Comparison

To compare different warehouse management systems, consider these factors for each product offering:


Cloud vs. On-Premise WMS: Cloud-based WMS is more flexible and customizable. Updates to its software is also easier to carry out than with its on-premise counterpart. On-premise solutions may work best for more localized businesses, however, if employees for any reason are unable to come into the warehouse, it is rendered unusable. Given economic changes and social developments around the world, a cloud WMS platform may work best for companies who want to maintain operability in any crisis.


All-in-One vs Standalone: Some logistics platforms like Cin7 or Oracle Netsuite are designed to be a one-stop shop for inventory and warehouse management. Tools in this category of all-in-one solutions typically also incorporate aspects of eCommerce management like POS systems into their feature set. The appeal of these systems is that all logistics management is housed in one platform, through one vendor. However, you may find that you only need a WMS solution. Compare the features and capabilities of each software before deciding on which is the right choice for you. More comprehensive products may also be more expensive.

Integrations
: Given the cross-functional nature of warehouse management systems, you will want to choose one that has pre-built integrations with other software you’re already using. This will save you time configuring those integrations whether or not your company has an in-house engineering team. Categories that warehouse management systems typically have pre-built integrations for are inventory management systems, eCommerce platforms, point of sales systems, and shipping software.

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Pricing

While there are open-source and free warehouse management systems available, they work best for smaller warehouses given that they typically provide fewer features than systems for which users must pay.



Warehouse management system pricing also depends on the number of warehouses you’re managing as well as whether you’re using a cloud-based system versus on-premise system, monthly licensing or perpetual licensing (which includes upfront fees), and how time and labor-intensive your implementation of the software may be.




For paid software, expect to pay at least $500 a month for subscription-based plans, or $5,000 for those that you can purchase with a perpetual license.


Warehouse Management Products

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Blue Yonder Luminate Logistics (formerly RedPrairie, JDA WMS)

Luminate Logistics, from Blue Yonder headquartered in Scottsdale (formerly JDA Software Group) provides an end-to-end execution platform to help drive flexible, fully autonomous distribution networks. Built on top of their AI/ML-based supply chain platform, Luminate Logistics helps…

Wasp Inventory

Wasp Inventory is an asset tracking and warehouse management software offering from Wasp Barcode Technologies,. It includes features such as inventory control software made easy to eliminate costly write-offs.

Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud

LogFire Cloud Warehouse Management System (WMS) was acquired by Oracle in September 2016 and is now offered as Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud.

SkuVault

SkuVault is a cloud-based inventory and warehouse management system offering unlimited SKUs, orders and warehouses. According to the vendor, this solution’s real-time quantity syncs prevent out of stocks, barcoding and QC reduce picking and shipping errors, and the smart re-order…

Korber Warehouse Edge (formerly HighJump / AccellosOne)

Korber Warehouse Edge (formerly from HighJump, and before that the AccellosOne WMS) is a warehouse management system. HighJump was the company formed from the July 2014 merger of Accellos and HighJump Software. It has since rebranded to Korber, which is HighJump's parent company.

Aptean Catalyst WMS

Aptean Catalyst WMS is described by the vendor as a robust, scalable, and configurable warehouse management system for organizations with complex supply chains and distribution networks, including multi-site and multinational environments. Catalyst WMS delivers end-to-end visibility…

inFlow Inventory

inFlow Inventory is an inventory management software offering from Archon Systems.

Manhattan Active Supply Chain

Manhattan Associates offers Manhattan Active Supply Chain, a broade suite of applications which combines the Manhattan Active Distribution Warehouse management software and modules dedicated to workforce and warehouse management, and Manhattan Transportation, a suite dedicated to…

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM)

Fishbowl Manufacturing (FBM) is inventory management software targeted by the vendor as a low cost solution for SMB manufacturers, especially when integrated with Xero and Quickbooks as an end-to-end solution.

IBM Sterling Warehouse Management System

The IBM Sterling Warehouse Management System (WMS) supports management of distribution and fulfillment processes across multiple warehouses and their inventory from a central hub.

WMS Foundation

WMS Foundation is an warehouse management software offering from Logimax. It includes features such as customer data look up and real-time radio frequency data collection.

Aptean irms|360

Aptean irms|360 with Aptean Event Management Framework (EMF) is a cloud warehouse management system (WMS) that provides visibility and control over operations. Whether managing a single distribution center or a global enterprise, irms|360 drives efficiencies and helps get the most…

RetailOps

RetailOps is a cloud-based solution that provides eCommerce and Omni-Channel retailers with tools designed to help them grow their business. From inventory-in to order-out, RetailOps puts the tools a growing retailer needs to run their business on one platform. Included are: POM,…

Infor CloudSuite WMS (formerly Provia)

Infor CloudSuite WMS is designed to provide visibility into inventory, orders, equipment, and people to empower organizations to enrich service levels and increase product velocity. The product replaces technology acquired with the company Provia in 2006.

e-comDrive

e-comDrive is an eCommerce solution with capabilities such as order management, warehouse management, and web marketplace integration.

Advanced Warehouse Management (WM1, formerly IBS Dynaman)

Swedish company Iptor Supply Chain System (formerly IBS) offers Iptor WM1 (formerly IBS Dynaman), a warehouse management system (WMS).

Fishbowl Warehouse (FBW)

Fishbowl Warehouse (FBW) from Fishbowl in Orem, Utah is a warehouse management option for SMBs that integrates with QuickBooks and Xero to provide a comprehensive solution.

Jazva

Jazva is an all-in-one solution that is designed to streamline and unify operations in omnichannel retail, so retailers can optimize every function of their business and stay ahead of the game. The vendor aims to help retailers move away from spreadsheets and juggling multiple systems.…

Logiwa

Logiwa is a cloud-based warehouse and inventory management software that aims to address the warehouse management and order fulfillment needs of retail and e-commerce businesses worldwide. The vendor says their clients love the groundbreaking technology of Logiwa because it's faster…

PTC WebShip

PTC WebShip is a warehouse management system (WMS) provides an interface for managing shipping across a distribution network, ideally enabling control from a single interface of multiple warehouses' shipping activities and shipping billing.

Dimensioner, by Magaya

Dimensioner by Magaya is a warehouse automation tool that aims to increase revenue by recording maximum dimensions accurately. Users can take pictures of items or documents and send them directly to the right transaction in the Magaya platform or the WMS of choice with its open API.…

PTC MOVE

PTC MOVE is a warehouse management system (WMS) that the company provides to entities as a fulfillment engine, providing inventory oversight and controls with business rules to optimize warehouse space allocation, picking and receiving, customized and distinct packaging, shipping…

Manhattan Active Warehouse Management

Manhattan Associates offers their extensive Active Supply Chain suite of products for various industries and entities of varying size. The Manhattan Warehouse Management software system is a WMS deployed by entities in retail, grocery, life science, technology, apparel and fashion,…

VIP Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Vermont Information Processing (VIP) offers the VIP Warehouse Management System (WMS) for beverage distributors, a solution which combines the EasyPick tablet or mobile device based inventory picking system, the mobile device-based EasyOps general warehouse management application…

BluJay Warehouse Management

BluJay Solutions headquartered in Michigan offers their Warehouse Management application, available standalone or as part of the BluJay Global Transportation Network (GTN).