10 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Warehouse Management System

10 Factors to Consider When Selecting a Warehouse Management System

Selecting a warehouse management system can be a challenge. Your company likely has very specific warehousing needs, and it can be difficult to sort through sales pitches and complicated jargon to find the best solution for your business.
As experts in distribution, fulfillment, and warehousing, we wanted to give you the top 10 factors you should consider when choosing a warehouse management system.

  1. Location: Think about the locations of your suppliers and your customers. Where are most of your deliveries being made? Within a specific region? Nationwide? Internationally? Make sure your warehouse is in the optimal location that minimizes costs for you, your clients, and your customers.
  2. Access: Any warehouse that you are considering as a major distribution center should be easy for trucks to get to via main highways. If you import or export goods overseas, then you’ll need a warehouse that’s close to seaports. For example, Taylored Fulfillment Services’ locations are near major seaports on the west and east coasts.
  3. Client Profile: Ask to see a list of your warehouse provider’s clients. If their current clients are mostly smaller companies with straightforward warehousing requirements, then perhaps they can’t handle more sophisticated requirements of a larger company. On the other hand, if the warehouse provider handles a lot of well-known brands and you’re a mid-sized company, you want to make sure that a) you don’t pay for more than you need, and b) they’ll give you the same attention and customer service that they would the “big guys.”
  4. Storage Area: This is probably the most basic, but important question for any warehouse provider. Do they have the capacity you need? Beyond that, you want to ask if you’ll have access to more space as your business grows.
  5. Association Memberships: Are they active members of any well-known associations like the IWLA (International Warehouse Logistics Association)? If so, then that shows their commitment to learning, gaining resources for improvement, and demonstrating their value over time.
  6. Experience: You want your warehouse provider to have ample experience, like Taylored Fulfillment Services who’s proudly celebrating their 25th anniversary. Also, consider the kind of freight they are experienced with. Food distributors, for example, want to make sure that the warehouse meets food grade requirements. Electronic or apparel distributors will have a completely different set of requirements.
  7. Employees: Does it seem like they are well-staffed with knowledgeable employees? Ask if you will have a “go-to” account representative whose main responsibility will be to address your needs and concerns.
  8. Value-Added Services: Does the warehouse only handle basic storage and shipping services? Or are they able to offer packages that include value-added services like inspection, dispatch, inventory, reverse logistics, packaging, labeling, or reporting?
  9. Risk: Your warehouse vendor will obviously take on a lot of the risk associated with moving and storing your freight. However, you still want to ask them about incident rates, safety procedures, and damage plans. Also, ask to see copies of their insurance coverage. You want to be absolutely clear up front about what they will or will not assume responsibility for so there are no misunderstandings if damages do occur.
  10. Technology: Make sure that whoever you choose keeps up with the latest warehouse management technology. Do they rely mostly on manpower, or have they invested in modern robotics and conveyor belt systems to minimize human error? Ask if your computer systems and software integrate with theirs. Can they provide real-time reporting of inventory levels and other metrics?

It’s clear that choosing a warehouse requires very careful consideration. If you need additional guidance, speak to the experts at Taylored Fulfillment Services, a fully integrated third-party logistics provider specializing in wholesale, retail, and direct-to-consumer unit fulfillment. Established in 1992 and headquartered in Iselin, New Jersey, they operate 1.5 million square feet of warehouse and distribution space strategically located near the nation’s busiest ports, including Los Angeles, Long Beach, and New York. Since its humble beginnings in 1992, Taylored Fulfillment Services has grown to become a national leader in distribution, fulfillment, and warehousing.

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Carteret, NJ

Address:
800 Federal Boulevard
Carteret, NJ 07008

Size: 300,000 sqft

Technology:
• RF Technology
• Narrow aisle high bay rack system
• Apparel and Accessories
• High value storage area, secured yard
• Transload and Pool consolidation
• Omnichannel distribution

Chino, CA #1 & #2

Address:
14050 Norton Ave,
Chino, CA 91710

Size: 400,000 sqft

Major Equipment:
• Automated high speed sortation
• Locus Robotics

Technology:
• Synapse
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Apparel
• Footwear
• Accessories
• Jewelry
• Bulk Materials

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

JONATHAN ROSENTHAL - COB

Jonathan has spent a lifetime as an entrepreneur. He started his
first company, NetAir International, in 1983. It was innovative as
the first multi-city on-demand jet charter company and grew into
the largest operation of its kind in the U.S. His second venture was
in launching Saybrook Partners, a merchant bank in 1990 and
later Saybrook Corporate Opportunity Funds in 207. Jonathan
serves in numerous leadership roles, including as founder and
chairman of the LA Harbor Performance Enhancement Center,
WherehouseIT.com, and the Harvard Graduate School Leadership
Institute. He also serves on the Marine Transportation System
National Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Sustainable Freight
Advisory Board, and the University of Southern California Center
for Supply Chain Management board of directors. He earned a B.
A. in Philosophy from California State University, Northridge, B.A.
Sc. in International Law and Legal Studies from Uppsala
University and a J.D., law from Southwestern Law School.

Jonathan is passionate about both expanding and sharing his
knowledge and expertise. He has lectured in transformational
change at the University of Chicago, UCLA, John’s Hopkins, and
Harvard College.

JOE DESAYE - CEO TFMI

Joseph DeSaye has spent over 40 years in logistics. His journey began in 1980 when he co-founded FMI International with his father and brother, specializing in air and ocean forwarding services. Together, they expanded the company to include comprehensive services that grossed over $350 million in sales.

He has a proven track record of success, growth, and leadership within the logistics industry.

THOMAS MCCORMACK - CIO

Thomas has dedicated over 20 years of his career to working in IT for 3PL companies where he has grown to deeply understand the importance of keeping pace with a dynamic and ever-changing marketplace. Prior to joining Taylored in 2014, he led IT or a $2.8 billion window manufacturer and a $1.2 billion electronic media organization. He holds a degree in accelerated mathematics/calculus from LaGuardia Community College and an MBA with a focus on computer software engineering from Fordham University.

Thomas is passionate about coaching and mentoring teams and sharing his experience in cross-functional team leadership. He knows that one of the best ways to grow an organization in today’s society is through the implementation of effective technology that allows them to stay ahead.

MIKE YUSKO - CFO

Mike overseas finance, human resources, and legal at Taylored, as well as directing Taylored’s operating companies. After over 35 years in 3PL, vitamins and supplements, consumer products, engineering, and construction, he is a man of many talents. He has served as CFO at companies ranging in size from $50-$700 million and spent 15 years at PepsiCo as the senior finance leader of a $1.2 billion beverage unit.

Mike holds a B.S. in business administration and accounting from Clarion State College. He is passionate about providing solid leadership and applying “Fortune 50” know how to elevate smaller companies.

JIM DEVEAU - CEO

Jim Deveau is a retailer at heart, with over 20 years of experience leading in the retail industry with companies such as Lord & Taylor, AnnTaylor, Charming Shoppes, and Footstar. After assisting with Footstar’s restructure in 2004, Jim transitioned into the 3PL industry. Over the next ten years, he held various C-suite positions at FMI International, Summit International Logistics, and Toll Global Forwarding before becoming Taylored’s President and CEO and board director.

Jim is passionate about sharing his knowledge. Holding an undergraduate and graduate degree from Northeastern University, together with his extensive experience, he frequently speaks at industry trade shows and conferences and has been recognized as a leader within the industry. He also currently sits on the advisory board of warehouse exchange and was chosen by the US Chamber of Commerce to represent retail trade post 9/11.

Chino, CA #1 & #2

Address:
14050 Norton Ave,
Chino, CA 91710

Size: 400,000 sqft

Major Equipment:
• Automated high speed sortation
• Locus Robotics

Technology:
• Synapse
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Apparel
• Footwear
• Accessories
• Jewelry
• Bulk Materials

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

Ontario, CA Suite A & B

Address:
1495 E. Locust Street
Ontario, CA 91761

Size: 440,000 sqft

Technology:
• Highjump
• Accellos
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Apparel
• Footwear
• Accessories
• Jewelry
• Sporting Goods
• Home Goods
• Bulk Materials

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

Miami, FL

Address:
2100 NW 129th Ave, Suite 100
Miami, Fl 33182

Size: 319,000 sqft

Technology:
• RF Technology
• Narrow aisle high bay rack system
• Apparel and accessories
• Transload and pool consolidation
• Omnichannel distribution

Fontana, CA

Address:
8375 Sultana Ave
Fontana, CA 92335

Size: 225,000 sqft

Technology:
• Highjump
• Accellos
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Home Goods
• Bedding Accessories
• Electronics
• CPG Liquids

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

Mira Loma, CA

Address:
3355 Dulles Avenue
Mira Loma, CA 91752

Size: 540,000 sqft

Major Equipment:
• Automated high speed sortation

Technology:
• FoxPro
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Home Goods
• Electronics
• Furniture

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

Carson, CA #1 & #2

Address:
2000 East Carson St.
Carson, CA 90810
Size: 294,000 sqft

Technology:
• FoxPro
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Furniture

Processing:
• Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Transload
• VAS

San Pedro, CA

Address:
400 Westmont Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Size: 513,000 sqft

Technology:
• FoxPro
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Apparel
• Footwear
• Electronics
• Furniture

Processing:
• Wholesale, Retail, DTC
• Full Case Distribution
• Cross Dock
• Transload
• Pick & Pack
• Kitting
• VAS

Port of LA, CA

Address:
2401 E Pacific Coast Hwy
Wilmington, CA 90744

Size: 600,000 sqft

Technology:
• FoxPro
• Warehouse Management
• Transportation Management
• Routing & Compliance
• Document Management
• Custom Reporting
• Web Portal
• Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)

Specialty:
• Electronics
• Furniture
• Bulk Materials
• Home Goods

Processing:
• Transload
• Kitting

Edison, NJ

Address:
231 Mill Road,
Edison, NJ 08837

Size: 260,000 sqft

Technology:
• RF Technology
• Wire guided high bay rack system
• Apparel and accessories
• High value storage area
• Store consolidation
• Omnichannel distribution

Louisville, KY

Address:
7501 Winstead Drive
Louisville, KY 40258

Size: 319,000 sqft

Technology:
• RF Technology
• Wire guided high bay rack system
• Apparel, footwear, and accessories
• Omnichannel distribution

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