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Why should you integrate your Netsuite instance with a Warehouse Management System?

Why should you integrate your Netsuite instance with a Warehouse Management System?

Scott Reis

Hey there! We’re Excellent Zephyr, and we deliver NetSuite and Integration services for rapidly growing Retail, Wholesale and eCommerce businesses.

A huge thanks to Patchworks for letting us feature on their blog! If there are two things we know our stuff about, it’s definitely NetSuite and integration into different logistics systems, including your Warehouse Management System (WMS)!

Over the past 10 years, the eCommerce landscape has drastically changed, seeing an almost 800% increase in global sales! This rapid growth has transformed how the average consumer shops, offering a method of such ease that a person doesn’t even have to leave their sofa to do all their Christmas shopping.

Yet with this rapid growth in eCommerce technology, legacy systems that have supported traditional retailers’ eCommerce operations for years past have been left to erode. This means that companies who aren’t up to date with recent technological advances are finding out the hard way their legacy systems cannot deal with the boom in growth that the eCommerce space has seen in the last 10 years!

Now listen, it’s not all doom and gloom! To these problems lie a whole host of solutions, and dear reader, you are in luck as today you get to find out what we think is the best solution to helping you solve your ERP and shipping issues that you may be facing.

An often overlooked but essential part of any consumers’ eCommerce experience is shipping; if a retailer doesn’t have the correct solutions in place, it can cause a whole array of complicated and costly problems! Many retailers want the flexibility and control to manage their own warehouses, so, regardless of whether they only have one or multiple scattered around the globe, they will need a reliable and sturdy WMS (Warehouse Management System) to process all their shipping operations. WMS may not be the prettiest pup in the pack, but it is crucial to support any retail business looking to scale up in size! A reliable WMS is worth its weight in gold and has many benefits ranging from eliminating human error to internal automation, saving valuable time and resources.

ERP software, such as NetSuite, is built to be the beating heart of a retailers’ operations, and WMS Integration is essential to achieve a true end-to-end eCommerce infrastructure. When integrated successfully, the WMS and ERP end up sharing the same integrated database, providing real-time operations updates, and removing the possibility of corrupted data. 

Furthermore, integrating the two helps preserve continuity across business operations whilst also ensuring clarity between the business and its 3PL. Sales transactions are another great example that showcases the benefits of ERP – WMS integration. When a sales transaction takes place, it will immediately and simultaneously notify the WMS and accountancy solution with the data, keeping all systems up to date.

A WMS - ERP integration eliminates any redundant data, removes the possibility of human error, and gives the retailer more flexibility by offering the ability to select modules based on what functionalities are needed by the user. Traditionally, WMS technology uses their own separate databases that requires all inventory transactions to be processed through their system. This is a costly and exaggerated request because it deems that for a company to operate at a base level, they would have to purchase a package that offers all functionalities - not the ones relevant to said company. The direct integration between ERP and WMS provides the freedom for the retailer to mix and match the necessary modules for their operations, reducing costs in the process.

As a retail business grows and its scope of operations widens, the need for a truly robust set of solutions becomes paramount! That’s why at Excellent Zephyr, we’ve developed our expertise to deliver industry-standard guidance in the development and implementation of NetSuite ERP with your WMS.
 
Fancy chatting further about all things WMS technology & ERP? Click here to book a chat with a member of our team to find out how a successful NetSuite ERP - WMS integration can benefit your company today!

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