Why Choose The Cloud?
With more than ten years of development – and seven years of providing best-of-breed SaaS solutions for the warehousing industry – under our belt, we at 3PL Central have long championed the benefits of running a Warehouse Management System via the web.
In fact, when we launched the initial version of our 3PL Central Warehouse Manager back in 2006, we were the first in the warehousing industry to offer such a model. At the time, our notion was deemed radical by some. Although we could clearly see the benefits, we knew we were up against a mindset of many who saw the Cloud as too risky, too slow – and too unreliable for warehousing operations.
But in just a few short years, our concept has been proven worldwide. Today, thousands of businesses, including some of the world’s largest logistics providers, run critical operations via the Internet as part of their standard operating procedures.
And listed below are what we consider to be the five most important reasons why:
Reason #1 – Increased Visibility
Global, on-demand and growing in size and popularity with each passing minute, the Internet has changed our world. Indeed, there are few inventions in history that could rival its impact on our lives, our culture – and the way we conduct business.
Now an even more mature technology than when we began in 2006, today’s web provides faster, more reliable and more robust access than ever before. This is a critically important benefit for warehouse operators, as it provides them with an affordable means to satisfy their customers’ demands for visibility. Now warehouses and their customers can view their entire inventory online, in real-time and
24 hours a day, from anywhere in the world.
Reason #2 – Scalability
The on-going increases in speed, availability and options for Cloud computing have delivered additional benefits to those businesses who have chosen to take advantage. These include:
- The Ability To Level the Playing Field
- The Capability to Expand Instantaneously
Reason #3 – Speed – And Access to Real-Time Data
The recent improvements to both the Cloud and Mobile computing have not only increased the level of access warehouses and their customers have to their data – it has also increased the speed at which it can be delivered. This added benefit is a result of the following:
- Access to the Latest –And Fastest –Technologies
- Efficient Data Handling
Reason #4 – Security & Reliability
Once considered vulnerable to hacking and data degradation, storing data in the Cloud is now considered one of the safest and more secure means of maintaining company information. This viewpoint is based on the following:
- The Ability to Provide Data Duplication
- The Ability to Control Access
Reason #5 -Improved Costs and Added Value
Of all the advantages offered by migrating warehousing operations to the Cloud, perhaps the single-most compelling is the reduction in costs. These can be realized in a wide variety of areas, including:
- Lower Fees and Purchase Price
- No Software Consulting or Installation Fees
- The Ability to Outsource or Enhance IT Management
- The Ability to Outsource Server Upgrade and Maintenance
- The Ability to Enjoy Feature Upgrades In Real-Time –Without Additional Cost
With some Cloud-based offerings – such as 3PL Central’s 3PL Warehouse Manager or Red Rock WMS – customers are afforded the privilege of multiple real-time feature upgrades – without any charge or increase to their subscription fees.
The era of Cloud computing is upon us. Its capabilities are expanding every day. And it has brought with it a host of benefits which simply cannot be ignored. These include:
- Better service levels for both warehouses and their customers
- Higher levels of security and data protection
- Lower costs due to strategic outsourcing
- Higher profitability due to shared and reduced costs
And more. In the end, the evidence is overwhelming; when it comes to running a truly Smart Warehouse – the Cloud is the only way to go.