The Primary Types Of 3pl Software

Logistics Tech Outlook | Thursday, May 12, 2022

Using various forms of 3PL software, the logistics sector has combined and automated numerous order fulfillment areas while also streamlining the use of modern software systems.

Fremont, CA: If a business wants to keep its customers pleased, it'll need to make sure that its order fulfillment is done correctly. There are numerous best practices and tried-and-true methods that all contribute to making the clients satisfied.

An order fulfillment process begins when a consumer places an order, and it is a lengthy, multi-step procedure. All of the products in an order will be carefully selected and packed before being sent on their way. There is a lot of data involved in this process, and even the smallest hiccup may throw the whole thing out of whack. This is when 3PL software comes in handy.

The primary types of 3PL software

Using 3PL software to automate and streamline the inventory and order fulfillment processes is a benefit of working with third-party logistics providers. Here are the primary types of 3 PL software:

Standalone warehouse management system

3PL warehouse management systems (WMS) are designed to help 3PLs run their warehouses more efficiently and productively. A 3PL WMS may save firms a lot of money by speeding up and streamlining the picking, packaging, and shipping process. For the uninitiated, warehouse management systems are a form of software that allows firms to manage and oversee various warehouse operations, from the receipt of materials or products at the warehouse to the fulfillment and shipment of an order.

Enterprise resource planning system

On the other hand, warehouse management systems have a distinct nomenclature, while enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are less apparent. In a nutshell, ERP systems bring together all of the business operations that are critical to running a company into a single system. Inventory, order fulfillment, accounting, human resources (HR), and customer relationship management (CRM) are just some of the functions covered here. There is a shared database in each system that allows personnel from different departments to obtain the information they need to carry out their duties. ERP software provides synchronized reporting and automation through the use of a common database.

Integrated SCM suite

The supply chain refers to the process that begins with product development and finishes with order fulfillment. Everything from product development and production to storage, inventory management, and shipping is part of the supply chain. Systems for managing the complete supply chain are known as supply chain management (SCM). These systems keep track of how products move from manufacturing to their final destination with the customer while tracking the flow of items, data, and financial assets.

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