The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

WMS Implementation Keys to Success

October 3rd, 2012

Commonwealth Blog readers sent in some of their own recommendations on how to ensure WMS implementation success. I’ve published a few of their suggestions in this blog post.

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Why Is It So HARD to Implement WMS?

September 27th, 2012

I was talking to a friend of mine recently whose company had just completed a challenging WMS implementation. Although the system eventually stabilized, the first few weeks were chaotic and resulted in significant customer service issues. I asked him what he felt were the key reasons for the issues they experienced. He cited things like inadequate training, lack of documentation, and the system being extremely unforgiving of even simple operator errors. This seems to be a common story with WMS implementations…

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Three Ways Smaller Companies Can Compete with Amazon’s New E-Commerce Distribution Strategy

August 17th, 2012

DC Velocity recently reported on’s plans to setup new distribution centers (DCs) in six states, bringing their total DC count in the U.S. to 39. The publication speculated that “by all accounts, Amazon’s explosive expansion will support its plan to make overnight delivery standard and offer same-day delivery for an additional fee.”


The prospect of a behemoth like Amazon being able to standardize on next-day ground shipments is bound to strike fear into the hearts of other online retailers. Commonwealth offers these three suggestions for companies seeking an effective response to this move by Amazon:

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Do I really need a Tier 1 WMS? Could a Tier 2 WMS Meet My Requirements?

July 26th, 2012

Do you really need a Tier 1 WMS? We asked ourselves this question recently and did a little research to confirm some thoughts that Commonwealth has had for a while on the subject. Companies that are undertaking a WMS selection project often assume out of the gate that they need a top-tier WMS system and limit their search to a handful of these providers. Make no mistake – many companies with complex distribution needs and high throughput requirements may require a new WMS from Tier-1 provider. However, for companies with only moderately complex distribution centers, our research showed that the mid-tier WMS providers have been hard at work in recent years, developing features and functionality that can fill these needs.

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