ERP Versus Standalone WMS: Factors for Determining the Best Fit

Few would argue the merits of automating a distribution facility's warehouse and shipping functions. An important part of the supply chain execution and order management process, a warehouse management system (WMS) is an obvious choice for most companies seeking out more accurate order filling, better inventory management, and speedier fulfillment.

Less obvious is whether that WMS should come packaged within an ERP or served up on its own. This age-old question remains unanswered as companies look to balance easy implementations and streamlined integrations with the need for full-blown WMS packages that can handle extremely high shipping volumes and advanced tasks like automated racking.

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About Bridget McCrea

Bridget McCrea covers business and technology topics for various publications. She can be reached at bridgetmc@earthlink.net.

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