As a provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) integrated workforce productivity solutions, we have seen many approaches to distribution automation. Adding a warehouse management system is a logical option for many manufacturers, but this article provides insight into another option: extending ERP distribution capabilities to take advantage of a single receiving, inventory, shipping database.
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productivity suite, which includes data collection, mobile devices, truck mounted devices, and the ability to direct workers to the next task. This approach delivers functionality for picking and warehouse automation, driving efficiencies to and automating the work of people performing those functions. A WMS might accomplish some of the same things, but it brings the added cost of additional licenses for the application and database, additional server hardware, additional support and maintenance fees,