With more than a decade of development and providing best-of-breed SaaS solutions for the third-party logistics (3PL) warehouses, 3PL Central has long championed the benefits of running a Warehouse Management System (WMS) via the cloud.
When 3PL Central launched 3PL Warehouse Manager back in 2006, we were the first in the warehousing industry to offer a WMS, built specifically for 3PLs, from the cloud. At the time, our notion was deemed radical – especially by those who saw the cloud as too risky, slow, and unreliable for warehousing operations.
Today, thousands of businesses, including some of the world’s largest logistics providers and major ecommerce websites, run critical operations via the Internet as part of their standard operating procedures. 3PL Central is proud to have helped pioneer such an essential solution used by tens of thousands of logistics professionals.
3PL Central believes strongly in continuing to drive innovation in our marketplace and continuously works with customers to help 3PLs move from a traditional paper-based warehouse to a modern, paperless warehouse. As part of this process, we’ve also helped many 3PL warehouses diversify from supporting B2B operations to expanding into ecommerce or omnichannel warehouse processes. Here is why 3PL warehouses should move their operations to the cloud.
Satisfy customer demands
Easily grow your business
Real-time access to data
Keep data secure
Reduce operating costs
Built and deployed with an even more mature infrastructure than when we began in 2006, today’s SaaS solutions are faster, more reliable and more robust 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, access, and improved technologies. Now warehouses and their customers can view their entire inventory online, in real-time, 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
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 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. In particular, 3PLs servicing ecommerce customers need real-time access to data to ensure they meet customer demands. This added benefit is a result of the following:
Once considered vulnerable to hacking and data degradation, storing data in the Cloud is now considered one of the safest and most secure means of maintaining company information. This includes not only internal company information related to warehouse operations, but data stored for clients as well. This viewpoint is based on the following:
Of all the advantages offered by migrating B2Bm ecommerce, or omnichannel 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:
With some cloud-based offerings – such as 3PL Central’s 3PL Warehouse Manager – customers are afforded the privilege of multiple real-time feature upgrades without any charge.
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:
In the end, the evidence is overwhelming; when it comes to running a truly Smart Warehouse – the Cloud is the only way to go.