Archive for Warehouse Management Systems

The Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) Resurgence Continues

ARC Advisory Group has been conducting an annual analysis of the warehouse management systems (WMS) market for the last 20 years. The process involves an analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies; and concludes with the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study. ARC’s long-term history of market analysis and data trends provide valuable context for analyzing the current state and producing our five-year forecasts for […]

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Retailers’ secret advantage for lightning-fast order deliveries

How and when an order is delivered plays a huge role in the experience of an omnichannel retail consumer. Particularly in an industry where retailers offer most of the same items at similar prices, the speed of delivery can be a customer’s deciding factor. The need for speed and convenience in our lives – combined with shorter and shorter delivery promises by online giants like Amazon – have helped shift expectations from multi-day deliveries to […]

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Ten Years of Logistics Technology Trends

Last week I read the Logistics Viewpoints guest post by Chainalytics discussing the pitfalls of decision-marking biases. Although the Chainalytics article focuses on supply chain decision making, these biases can apply to business forecasting as well. Reading this article made me interested in my own potential decision-making biases. I chose to take time on Friday to review some of the research I have conducted during my ten years as an analyst at ARC Advisory Group. […]

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Global Warehouse Investment Driven by Secular Trends

Earlier this month, I published a Logistics Viewpoints article discussing the prevalent factors affecting the global WMS market. I mentioned that the research process leading to the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study includes interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies. However, the interviews are only one part of the data gathering process. We also utilize trends from our many years conducting this research and complementary ARC research such as our Warehouse […]

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WMS Market Continues to Evolve and Grow

ARC Advisory Group has been conducting an annual analysis of the global warehouse management systems (WMS) market for the last 20 years. The process involves an analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies; and concludes with the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study. Omni-Channel is Still King Last year I published an article (Omni-Channel Fulfillment Drives WMS Adoption) on LogisticsViewpoints that discussed the prevailing factors […]

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How Genco’s Labor Management Project Uncovered Extensive Opportunities

Last month I attended JDA Focus, the company’s annual user conference. My favorite presentation from the event was that by Tony Simmons, an Operations Analyst from Genco. The presentation discussed Genco’s application of JDA Warehouse Labor Management (JDA WLM) to manage and ultimately reengineer its business processes. I found it to be a great example of how perceptive individuals, when digging into a project, can yield insights and performance improvements beyond the original intent. This […]

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Achieving Fast Payback from Warehouse Optimization

I had the pleasure of attending Manhattan Associates’ user conference last month. This conference included a number of presentations by Manhattan’s customers, partners, and employees. I considered the presentation by Howard Turner to be highly informative and full of practical insights that Logistics Viewpoints readers would find interesting and applicable to their own business. Howard and others at his company, a tier 1 automotive parts supplier (“Tier 1 Auto”), made a decision to move forward […]

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Guest Commentary: Three Reasons We’re all Moving to the Cloud

Did you buy something with a credit card today? Are you working from a location other than your company’s headquarters? Did you check your bank account online this morning or download a file housed in an online data storage service? These are all examples of how we live our daily personal and professional lives in the cloud, often without even realizing it. Our data is stored in a secure location not physically near us, and […]

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Guest Commentary: Benefiting From the Big Market Shift in Supply Chain Execution

Over the past few years, there has been a shift in the supply chain execution (SCE) software marketplace. Or to borrow from a popular, but old automotive advertising campaign, “This is not your father’s” SCE software market. During the 90’s, we saw the rise of the regionalized, niche application software companies, also known as “best of breed” software vendors. These niche, specialized software vendors saw a need and invested in developing robust functionality to support […]

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This Week in Logistics News (June 17-21, 2013)

Summer is finally here, so let’s go right to the news…and then maybe the pool. C.H. Robinson Continues European Expansion with Istanbul Office MercuryGate International Inc. Announces Expanded European Presence Through Partnership JDA Software Announces Integrated Product Roadmap FedEx Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings Oracle Doubles Dividend; Cloud SaaS Revenues Up 50%, Engineered Systems Up 45% Infor Reports Q4 Double-Digit Growth Natural Gas Seen as Major New Transport Fuel (Wall Street Journal) EU, U.S. leaders […]

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