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New Developments in Warehouse Management Systems

A new report by Michael Koploy, a writer for Software Advice, presents some interesting observations on what is happening in the world of IT investment in supply chain software applications.  Although there are many different types of applications in different areas of the supply chain (ERP, e-procurement, order fulfillment, sales and operations planning, transportation management), this report focuses on the warehouse management system (WMS) space.

As the economy ramps up buyers are starting to also think about spending money on improvements.  Koploy notes several key trends, including:

– Demand for SCM software is going up in general.

– Small and medium businesses are especially interested in growing their systems.

– A real opportunity exists to drive other systems to consider labor management systems.  (For more information on this subject, see one of my earlier articles.

– Execution systems are in real demand.

– The growth of 3PL’s is creating new WMS requrements.

Koploy also notes that RFID continues to fail to live up to expectations, as problems in execution continue to plague this technology.  This trend was also noted some years ago in one of my columns.

To read more about these trends, check out Michael’s blog at: