Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a standalone solution that merely focuses on controlling warehouse activities while ERP system is an all-in-one software that helps its users to facilitate the flow of information between all areas of business.
Software applications like Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Enterprise Resource Planning System or ERP System are commonly used by wholesale & distribution, supply chain or fast-moving consumer goods businesses to automate their functional processes.
WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (WMS)
Warehouse Management System or WMS is a management software designed to manage and optimise businesses’ inventory and supply chain. WMS takes part in daily planning & organizing tasks in the warehouse, manpower allocation and controlling inventories to increase the performance of warehouse functionalities.
ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM (ERP SYSTEM)
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System is referred to a business management software that normally includes a suite of integrated solutions to help organisations manage their operations across various departments within that software. An ERP software provides its users with access to real-time information and notification of different business functions such as sales, procurement, finance & accounting, supply chain, human resources, work-in-progress, etc. ERP systems, businesses are able to streamline information flows, facilitate error-free and stimulate the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ERP SYSTEM AND WMS
WMS is a standalone solution that merely focuses on controlling warehouse activities while ERP system is an all-in-one software that helps its users to facilitate the flow of information between all areas of business. All departments such as Finance, Customer Relationship Management, Project, Sales, etc can be merged into one complete system. Nowadays, many ERP systems can have a Warehouse Management System as one of their modules. Therefore, though we can use two systems such as WMS or ERP for managing your warehouse, they have their own set of attributes.
WMS has strength in tracking inventory items including real-time information when items are picked, packaged and delivered. This functionality helps WMS users control inventory levels, distribute stocks effectively as well as optimise order placement processes.
Whereas, an ERP System allows data or information to flow seamlessly within various departments in the organization just through the software. For instance, if a company uses one Warehouse management software, another accounting software, and another one for Human Resource and Payroll, they will normally have to transfer information from this software to another manually. The information transmission process will be much more time-consuming and can cause errors. But with an ERP system, all departments are integrated into one software and the data will be updated in real-time.
Both the ERP and the Warehouse Management Systems are important components of supply chain management designed to help organizations manage their inventory in the best way possible. They provide information based on real-time data in a number of ways and can be kept on the cloud and on a server. Each of the systems and modules has a price, starting from a few thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. Not every warehouse requires a WMS- they are complex and the initial and recurrent costs are rather high. There are various levels of inventory management systems and it is important for an organization to understand its needs when choosing a particular system over another.
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