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Warehouse Management Software

Warehouse Management software helps organizations streamline their warehouse processes and operations. Warehouse management systems enable the movement, tracking and storage of materials throughout the warehouse, and typically provide inventory controls and tracking as well as procurement management and channel monitoring features. WMS software offers integration for vendor and customer management, accounting and business reporting tools, and generally increases efficiency and reduces costs by allowing key data to be easily shared through an enterprise. Find the best Warehouse Management software in Canada for your organization.

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Acumatica Distribution Edition and its Warehouse Management System simplify warehouse processes and support advanced business needs. Learn more about Acumatica Cloud ERP
Acumatica Distribution Edition, empowered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, automates warehouse operations, streamlines the pick, pack, and ship process, and prioritizes picking queues. All this happens in a user-friendly, mobile interface, available anytime, anywhere. Acumatica also offers a Warehouse Management System, which extends the Distribution Edition to efficiently support other advanced warehouse requirements, such as barcode scanning and lot/serial number tracking. Learn more about Acumatica Cloud ERP

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
From receiving to pick, pack and ship, take the legwork out of efficient warehouse operations and inventory management Learn more about Cin7 Omni
From receiving to pick, pack and ship, Cin7 takes the legwork out of efficient warehouse operations and inventory management. With built-in EDI and integrations to all the popular eCommerce platforms, marketplaces, and accounting tools combined with a robust WMS, you’ll get a real time, 360 degree view of your operations in one solution. Designed for SMBs, Cin7 provides exceptional automations, workflows, reports, and analysis to enable brands, manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers to operate efficiently as they scale. Learn more about Cin7 Omni

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Increase efficiency and effectiveness of the warehouse with NetSuite WMS. Learn more about NetSuite
NetSuite Warehouse Management System (WMS) optimizes warehouse operations and minimizes handling costs by eliminating manual processes. Users are guided through daily warehouse tasks associated with inbound and outbound logistics and storage. Data is recorded in real-time using a mobile device, ensuring inventory records are always accurate and up to date. Pre-defined pick, pack, and ship strategies ensure outbound orders are fulfilled quickly and accurately. Learn more about NetSuite

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Cloud-based WMS solutions for 3PLs so they can focus on customer satisfaction, efficient operations, and growing their business. Learn more about 3PL Warehouse Manager
Designed by warehouse management experts, Extensiv 3PL Warehouse Manager enables 3PLs and warehouses to grow their businesses, turbocharge their operations and satisfy all of their customers. The most popular cloud-based WMS available on the market, our solution offers turnkey EDI integration, global visibility, automated billing management, innovative packing and shipping features, mobile bar-code scanning capabilities, and more. Request a demo today. Learn more about 3PL Warehouse Manager

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
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Visibility and efficiency in your warehouse. Start now for free. Learn more about SwiftCount
Have a warehouse? Give yourself the gift of knowing what you have and where it is. Reduce errors and increase in-house visibility, all the while staying mobile. (Take your receiving process to next level | Fast & accurate: pick, pack & ship | See clearly with Location tracking). Start now for free. Learn more about SwiftCount

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Cloud-based warehouse management system with an omnichannel order management system all-in-one solution for eCommerce and 3PLs. Learn more about Shipedge
Shipedge is a cloud-based Supply Chain Solution that helps 3PL warehouses, distribution centers and eCommerce companies run efficient order fulfillment Omni Channel operations. Shipedge gives you complete channel automation from suppliers to selling channels. Our mobile app eliminates errors, reduces labor costs, and increases efficiencies. Shipedge includes warehouse design, auto ship rate shop + packaging algorithms, and more. Designed with ecommerce pain points in mind. Learn more about Shipedge

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
DATASCOPE integrates seamlessly with your SYSPRO ERP to optimize your supply chain, increase profits! Learn more about DATASCOPE WMS
PREMIUM ADVANCED WMS BUILT FOR SYSPRO ERP. DATASCOPE WMS integrates seamlessly with your SYSPRO ERP to optimize your supply chain, increase profits, and provide a single source of truth for all of your data! DATASCOPE WMS is the Premium full stack WMS for SYSPRO. With over 20 years of development and installations across the globe, The software is robust; deep in functionality, and fully integrated to your SYSPRO ERP. The suite offers high levels of customization through standard API tools Learn more about DATASCOPE WMS

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Cloud-based, accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory control, warehouse management and eCommerce. Good alternative to NetSuite. Learn more about Accolent ERP
ADS Solutions' Accolent ERP software is fully-integrated, end-to-end, business management software for small and mid-sized distributors and light manufacturers, with 5-200 users. Cloud-based, web-architected, solution built on 40 yrs experience. Delivers accounting, sales, purchasing, inventory control, warehouse management and multiple eCommerce options. SaaS pricing makes it easy to add users as you grow. Intuitive, modern interface helps businesses get implemented in no time. Learn more about Accolent ERP

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
All-in-one multi-channel e-commerce automation software built for online resellers. Learn more about SellerChamp
The only all-in-one, customizable, multi-channel, end-to-end automation software for e-commerce businesses. • Automate Listing Creation • Sync Inventory in Real-Time • Optimize Pricing Continuously • Automate Order Fulfillment • Use Discounted Shipping Providers SellerChamp is the perfect tool for multi-channel e-commerce businesses that want to save time, eliminate errors and grow with confidence. Learn more about SellerChamp

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Warehouse management software for the AV & Event industry. Schedule resources, track inventory, and create and send quotes. Learn more about Rentman
Warehouse management software for the Audiovisual, Event & Party industries. Only pay for the products and add-ons you need. Manage your rentals and event productions in one place: schedule your crew and/or equipment, organize and track equipment with RFID, QR or barcodes and create and send quotes. All in one platform. Integrated CRM and tools for customer and employee communication. Rentman is also constantly updated with new features and improvements. Learn more about Rentman

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Scalable and adaptable SaaS WMS designed for modern e-commerce fulfillment, bringing efficiency and speed to your warehouse. Learn more about Tecsys Omni WMS
Omni™ WMS is a scalable cloud-native SaaS warehouse management system designed for modern e-commerce fulfillment. It streamlines the reception, logging, storing, picking and packing of inventory in a single location or across multiple distribution centers for micro-fulfillment. Omni™ WMS is automation-ready and can be implemented in as little as 28 days, providing a cost-effective and low-risk WMS for retailers, brands, wholesalers and DTCs. Learn more about Tecsys Omni WMS

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Elite™ WMS enhances inventory management, increases labor efficiency, and provides visibility of your warehouse operations. Learn more about Tecsys Elite
Tecsys’ SaaS-based Elite™ WMS is built for distributors and third-party logistics providers (3PLs). The solution offers a robust and flexible rule engine with core WMS capabilities for the growing distributor, as well as extended WMS capabilities for larger and more complex warehouse operations. Our easily integrated, configurable solution has landed us on Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for warehouse management systems for the last eleven consecutive reports. Learn more about Tecsys Elite

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Inventory and order management for growing businesses. Learn more about Zoho Inventory
Zoho Inventory is cloud-based inventory management software that helps you create and manage both your sales and purchase orders, and track your inventory. You can integrate it with online sales channels like Amazon, eBay, and Etsy, as well as shopping carts like Shopify and many more. Learn more about Zoho Inventory

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
VeraCore's Smart Order Fulfillment and Warehouse Management software is ideally suited to a wide range of industries. Learn more about VeraCore
The VeraCore Fulfillment Solution was developed for leading 3PLs, order fulfillment companies, and online retailers. VeraCore is designed to be at the core of your fulfillment business. More than just pick & pack software, VeraCore combines Smart Order Management, Warehouse Management, Shipping & Billing to handle every aspect of the order fulfillment process. Learn why VeraCore is the most trusted name in fulfillment software at www.veracore.com. Learn more about VeraCore

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Software for your wholesale distribution business to help in avoiding costly order fulfillment errors with the right inventory on hand. Learn more about DistributionPlus
DistributionPlus software is an integrated distribution and ERP system that is designed with all of the tools to help wholesale distribution companies manage business. Specific functions for warehouse management are many. Use barcoding in your warehouse, through integrations with scanning devices, to barcode bins and products for easy transfers and picking. Use different picking styles with DistributionPlus, such as batch picking, zone picking, or wave picking. Learn more about DistributionPlus

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Run your warehouse like a boss with mobe3- a modern, Cloud-based WMS for midsize and enterprise warehouse facilities. Learn more about mobe3
Cloud-based mobe3 WMS automates inventory processes for mid- to enterprise-sized businesses ($70M+ ARR/50+ users) & is the only WMS that simulates current warehouse operations & prescribes improvements. With the functionality you'd expect from an industrial-grade WMS (pick/pack/ship, receiving, put-away, cycle counts, etc.) mobe3 supercharges efficiency & eliminates error. With an exceptionally user-friendly interface, your employees will be up & running- & twice as productive- in no time. Learn more about mobe3

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Warehouse Software: predict empty stocks, keep track of every unit, integrate with production/demand plans, use barcodes, RFID and more Learn more about Novacura Warehouse Management System
Warehouse Software Solution: Predict empty stocks, keep track of every unit, integrate with production / demand plans, use barcodes, RFID and more. Benefits: - Step-by-step user interface, that reduces staff onboarding time. - Already integrated with IFS, SAP, Infor M3 and other ERP – no technical issues during implementation. - Customizable – you can change application behaviour by simply drawing your own warehouse processes. Learn more about Novacura Warehouse Management System

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Warehouse Management Solutions for Medium-Sized Businesses + Large Enterprises with Complex Requirements Learn more about Clear Spider
Clear Spider Warehouse Management System is a cloud-based system for medium and large sized enterprises. Our solutions help you reduce guesswork and improve accuracy in your warehouse operations. Ideal for multiple users and multiple locations, Clear Spider WMS includes features like order fulfillment, barcode scanning, shipping integration and more. With one click, you can see inventory levels at each of your individual warehouse location, no matter who owns it. Learn more about Clear Spider

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
C2W Inventory Software offers a comprehensive solution, centralizing inventory, sales, purchasing, and reporting in one platform. Learn more about C2W Inventory Management System
C2W Inventory Management Software offers a comprehensive solution, centralizing inventory, sales, purchasing, and reporting in one platform. It features real-time stock updates, multi-warehouse support, and an advanced mobile SmartScan barcode system for efficient inventory management. The software enhances inventory management with automated reorder point settings, saving time and improving processes. It's also future-ready, offering integration with Geek+ Robotics Goods-to-Person (GTP) automation for advanced inventory management. Learn more about C2W Inventory Management System

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
UpKeep is an Asset Operations Management solution combining CMMS, EAM, and APM for maintenance, reliability and operations teams. Learn more about UpKeep
UpKeep is an Asset Operations Management solution that helps businesses scale by giving every Maintenance and Reliability team the tools and information they need to run Operations efficiently and effectively. UpKeep gives you a central command center to efficiently manage all your work orders, assets, and maintenance to deliver fast resolutions. UpKeep enables you to create one front door for all your technicians to go through for all services and support. Learn more about UpKeep

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
PrintStream Fulfillment is an intelligent marketing collateral planning and distribution management software system. Learn more about PrintStream Fulfillment
PrintStream Fulfillment is an intelligent marketing collateral planning and distribution management system. The solution is both powerful and flexible with customization tools and web based applications that allow your customers and your fulfillment team to work together seamlessly and efficiently. Whether you need just basic pick & pack fulfillment features or more complex Print-On-Demand workflows PrintStream provides a suite of modules to meet your needs. Learn more about PrintStream Fulfillment

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Digital warehouse platform to optimize, execute, and automate all warehousing and fulfillment operations. Learn more about Hopstack
Hopstack is a warehouse and fulfillment operating system helping e-commerce, retail, and 3PL companies drive operational excellence in warehousing operations and empowering warehouse managers with real-time visibility into every process and actively involved in the order fulfillment lifecycle. The platform bridges the gap between an ERP and a legacy WMS by enhancing efficiency and enabling granular visibility at every step of the fulfillment process. Learn more about Hopstack

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
ShipHero makes it easy to ship eCommerce with our powerful warehouse management software (WMS). Learn more about ShipHero
ShipHero makes it easy to ship eCommerce with our powerful warehouse management software (WMS). Our cloud-based WMS is perfect for emerging, scaling and high volume brands. Instead of holding you back, ShipHero can push your business forward with the processes you need to run a successful warehouse. We Crush it for for eCommerce Brands and 3PLs: - Reduce mis-picks and mis-ships by 99% - Reduce warehouse costs by 35%+ - Increase picking efficiency by 3x Learn more about ShipHero

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Cost-effective inventory management system on-prem or cloud. Learn more about CoreIMS
CoreIMS is a cost-effective inventory management system adaptable to a wide range of warehouse and inventory control operations. Developed using the latest Microsoft .Net technology, CoreIMS is simple to install, easy to use and inexpensive to operate. Barcode scanning and printing is fully supported and integration options including QuickBooks, Sage 50 (US and Canadian Ed.), USPS and UPS Worldship. CoreIMS delivers cost savings typically associated with much more expensive inventory solutions. Learn more about CoreIMS

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking
Item: A supply chain & warehousing solution with seamless integration, efficient processes & end-to-end visibility designed for growth. Learn more about Item
Item effortlessly links brands, consumers, warehouses, and logistics. Our suite of warehouse, inventory, order, and return management solutions ensures efficiency and visibility. Item dynamically assigns tasks and enables real-time adaptability. Seamlessly integrates with top retail applications. And smooth return management means growth, better service, and cost reduction. Easily measure KPIs and optimize processes. Elevate your supply chain with Item's comprehensive yet customizable solution. Learn more about Item

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  • Barcoding/RFID
  • Picking & Routing
  • Supply Chain Management Software
  • Dock Management
  • Shipping Management
  • Demand Forecasting
  • Multi-Location
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Compliance Management
  • Workflow Management Software
  • Returns Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Order Tracking

Warehouse Management Software Buyers Guide

What is warehouse management software?

Warehouse management software (WMS) is a tool that allows organizations across Canada to control the movement and storage of goods within warehouses. With warehouse software systems, companies can smoothly and efficiently manage their operations, including inventory tracking, warehouse designing, picking and packaging goods, shipping, managing yards and docks, and staffing. Online warehouse management systems automate warehouse processes within one tool, centralizing all information related to a business's warehouse operations and stocks.

Warehouse stock software solutions are closely related to distribution and logistics software. Browse all available tools in Capterra's directory to find the best warehouse management system in Canada for your organization.

What are the benefits of warehouse management software?

The benefits of warehouse management software involve handling inbound and outbound operations, as well as streamlining most manual operations and increasing overall efficiency. There are many benefits of using warehouse management software for your small business in Canada, including:

  • Inventory optimization: WMS allows users to monitor the movement of goods along their supply chain. This further helps them monitor and control stock levels. WMS supports multiple inventory management models such as LIFO, FIFO, and just-in-time.
  • Enhanced inventory visibility: Radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices and barcode scanners act as tangible extensions of WMS in warehouses. Barcode scanning and RFID tagging of goods along different checkpoints in the supply chain gives users clear visibility into the movement of their shipments.
  • Reduced operational costs: Leveraging data such as expected inbound and outbound shipments and space availability, WMS solutions facilitate optimum warehouse space utilization. Some solutions also offer simulators that allow users to create virtual floor plans - including placement of pallets, shelves, and loading docks - to identify ways to make the best use of available space.

What are the typical features of warehouse management software?

Warehouse and distribution software include wide-ranging and comprehensive features to assist your business to efficiently manage their operations and processes. The core features of any warehouse software solution are listed below:

  • Barcoding/RFID: Identify and track items using barcodes or RFID tags.
  • Inventory management: Manage inventory traffic to ensure optimal stock volume and a proper outbound supply.
  • Shipping management: Organize and track order shipping processes.
  • Kitting: Consolidate individually picked materials into one kit for processing a work order or shipment.
  • Order management: Organize, track, and monitor customer orders as they move through the supply chain.
  • Quality management: Review and manage product quality against defined standards.

What are some things to consider when purchasing warehouse management software?

When purchasing warehouse management software, there are many factors to consider which could have a significant bearing on the right solution for your small business. Some examples of questions to ask oneself when purchasing a warehouse tool are:

  • Usability: When shortlisting WMS, look for a system that offers a customizable screen layout for quicker navigation. Well-designed software saves time on implementation as well as user training and onboarding.
  • End-to-end transaction management: Check if the software you are investing in can handle end-to-end transactions. These transactions may involve maintaining records of received orders, inventory stocking, pick-up/ship-out time of orders, and tracking shipment statuses. End-to-end support allows you to track all warehouse-related workflows.
  • Billing support: In addition to enhanced inventory visibility, WMS-RFID/barcode combinations can also support warehouses' financial operations. The inventory movement data captured by RFID/barcode devices allows WMS solutions to contribute to bill generation (e.g., by providing information about how long a shipment/goods spent in storage). WMS solutions will also automatically store billing information.

It is important to take into account the most relevant industry trends when making a purchasing decision, as they may inform the tool you decide upon. In this case, discover warehouse industry trends to source the best open source warehouse management system for your small business in Canada:

  • Robots are replacing humans in warehouses: Manually scanning items and keeping tabs on inventory levels are time-consuming and error-prone processes. In response, warehouses are upgrading to robots and drones. Robotics-enabled automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and automated guided carts (AGCs) can transport inventory around a warehouse by following magnetic paths or tracks set on floors. Some WMS solutions allow users to design these paths using algorithms. 2XL, a Belgian logistics company , is using AGVs to transfer and move inventory in and throughout its warehouses.
  • Automated storage (AS) and retrieval system (RS): Warehouse robots work in combination with warehouse execution software, which is responsible for directing operations. The software selects the AS and RS algorithm based on the task and type of good that needs to be moved. The robots work either as shuttles (moving along fixed tracks) or as cranes that retrieve goods. The progress of robots can also be viewed on the software. Alibaba, one of the largest retailers, was able to cut down human effort by 70% by using AS/RS at its warehouses in China.
  • Warehouses are becoming smarter with IoT adoption: Warehouses are now leveraging wearable sensors and other IoT devices to connect workers, items and movable equipment, and feed their data into a single system. Warehouse management software lets warehouse managers accurately locate and track inventory movement across their warehouses. Sensors detect the location of people, vehicles, and merchandise and then transmits the information to a central system. Users can view this information in real time, and can speed up or slow down operations based on customer demand and stock availability.