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How SmartTurn’s WMS Facilitates ERP Application Integration

Posted: April 15, 2020 by Ly Phan

How SmartTurn’s WMS Facilitates ERP Application Integration

Having a clear oversight over operations is vital for any business, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems play a critical role in providing this capability. However, these systems do not specialize in the functions of warehouses or distribution centers, which require warehouse management software (WMS) to support. Therefore, any WMS needs to be able to facilitate ERP application integration and allow companies to maximize efficiency and productivity.


Difference Between Interfacing and Integration

It’s important to distinguish between interfacing and integration. The key difference can be seen in how data interacts and is managed. 

For instance, with interfacing, workers will still be working with two sets of data that are independent of each other. While there may be a lot of synching, it is still effectively two different systems that have the potential to lead to inaccuracies and errors. 

A good example of a typical issue could be in order fulfillment, where the WMS may have the shipping address while the ERP holds the billing address. It would be down to the managers and workers to ensure the items are delivered to the right destination, and inevitably, human errors do happen. Another factor is speed.

In ecommerce, next-day or even same-day delivery is becoming the norm, which puts pressure on distribution and fulfillment centers. An interfaced system would require workers to double-check the data before fulfilling orders, which takes precious seconds and minutes. The cumulative effect checking up to thousands of orders each day could put your business on the back foot and lose the advantage over your competitors.

With integration, the data is funneled into one stream, and both systems can function together automatically. The result is a slick, smooth-running operation where two different platforms are working with minimal human input - leading to quicker processes and increased productivity.

In today’s competitive and digitalized world, a fully integrated system can deliver the automation required to meet the expectations of customers and enable you to provide a fast, accurate, and efficient service. In doing so, the business will have the opportunity to get ahead of its rivals and increase revenue streams.


Benefits of Integration

The central benefit of integration is the automation of multiple warehouse processes, which results in a more streamlined, efficient, and profit-making operation. 

  1. Improved data accuracy: In achieving complete integration of the two systems, businesses will also be integrating the two data sets. As mentioned previously, by funneling the two channels into one stream, workers will be able to retain visibility on accurate information in real-time. By reducing the need to double-check data and minimizing human input, companies can increase their inventory accuracy to over 99%.
  2. Improved analytics: With complete synergy between ERP and WMS, managers will be able to have full insight into operations. This enables them to monitor the efficiency of processes and performance of employees, allowing companies to identify areas of weakness. An example of this can be tracking the time products stay on the shelves before reaching the customers. For any warehouse or distribution center, the longer inventory remains still, the more it eats money - so reducing this time will lead to increased profit margins.
  3. Improved communication: As a pivotal part of any supply chain, warehouses must have clear communication channels with both its internal teams and trading partners. Integrating these two key systems makes it easier to manage information and how it is shared. For instance, updating the WMS can automatically update the ERP system, which can then update other stakeholders such as suppliers in real-time. This is essential for ecommerce businesses, which may have a high turnover of stock and can be a crucial link in maintaining stock levels.
  4. Improved processes: Ultimately, each of these improvements will lead to automated and efficient warehouse processes. The keyword is automation, and by allowing technology to manage the data, error-prone human input can be reduced. As a result, processes can be completed more quickly and with a higher degree of accuracy.

The processes that can benefit from automation could include:

  1. Stock audits
  2. Pick and pack
  3. Order checking
  4. Purchasing
  5. Product tracking
  6. Shipping

While it may not be possible for your business to fully utilize automation for each of these processes, embracing it as much as possible will undoubtedly lead to more efficient operations. For example, using barcode technology to check items and orders can be a form of automation that both speeds up order fulfillment and reduces errors.


How to Integrate ERP and WMS

As a cloud-based solution, SmartTurn’s WMS is designed to integrate with several types of platforms, including your existing ERP system. The flexible nature of SmartTurn’s solution enables it to be customized and effectively “plug-in” with the processes of your business.

The key is to focus on functionality and minimize the disruption to existing processes as much as possible. In choosing a vendor, businesses need to consider the following factors:

  1. Scalability: As the business grows, you should find whether the vendor can match your ambitions in terms of capability. A cloud-based solution is adaptable and will be able to scale up with ease.
  2. Service: A reputable vendor, such as SmartTurn, will have endorsements from previous clients, a proven track record, and a professional presence. They will also be able to provide knowledgeable answers to any queries you may have.
  3. Value for money: Small-to-medium businesses should always strive for the best possible value. Cloud-based technology means SmartTurn can provide services at a fraction of the price of its enterprise competitors.

With SmartTurn, businesses can be assured that our WMS solution is not only designed to be easy to use, but also comes with complete customer support. Starting from just $290 a month, small to medium companies with sophisticated ERP systems will be able to take their warehouse operations to the next level.


Use SmartTurn for Easy ERP System Integration

A crucial part of SmartTurn’s package is ease. The ease of using its cloud-based WMS. The ease to integrate with other systems. The ease it slots into the existing processes of your business. In short, our solution is designed to adapt and customize to your requirements and other platforms.

SmartTurn’s WMS can be used to accelerate, automate, and sharpen the critical processes in all types of warehouses utilizing a variety of ERP systems. 

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