According to the Logistics Management 2013 Technology Usage Study, 50 percent of logistics operations are currently using a Warehouse Management System (WMS) and 44% of those not using one plan to purchase in the next 12 months. Whether you are currently using a WMS and looking to upgrade, plan to purchase one, or are still unsure of the benefits, there are many things that should be taken into consideration to assure your Warehouse operations align with your business goals and if a WMS is right for you. We have outlined below some of the key benefits to implementing a Warehouse Management System into your operations.
Amazon Supply is coming, and it can be a threat to wholesale distributors. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
There are ways that wholesale distributors can. One way to compete is to have your own site where your customers can buy online from you, check their orders, view invoices, and other services that you may have to make it convenient for your customers. [Read more…]
The internet retail behemoth, Amazon, has long been a threat to brick and mortar retailers, but not so much for wholesale distributors. Until now.
Jeff Bezos has been quiet about Amazon Supply, the Amazon product that could conceivably be a competitor to wholesale distributors. [Read more…]
Your sales people are selling to current customers and bringing in new customers as well. Eventually it happens. Someone lands the “big account”. It is a large retailer that has agreed to stock and carry some of your products on their shelves. There is one “catch” though. They are requiring something called EDI.
What is EDI? That is a question that we hear quite often.
EDI, or Electronic Data Interchange, is a means where electronic documents are transferred from one system to another. In this example, it would be the two-way transfer of electronic documents between your system and the large retailer’s system.
How do you know if you need, or should be considering EDI for your business? Here are four reasons that you might need EDI.
As little as a couple of years ago, it seemed that nobody, at least among small business owners, had any interest in having their system hosted somewhere other than on their company premises. In today’s terminology, this would be known as having your system hosted in “the cloud”, or “cloud computing”.
As we talk with companies today, the notion of web based distribution software has become much more appealing – especially with start-ups, or companies that have had reoccurring IT problems.We frequently hear, “I don’t want to deal with computers, I just want to run my business.” The cloud or web-based solution allows for that.