Software: On-demand WMS gives 3PL visibility

GMI Distribution implements a robust, on-demand warehouse management system to track inventory and provide its 3PL customers with 24/7 visibility into inventory and transactions.
By Lorie King Rogers, Associate Editor
May 01, 2012 - MMH Editorial

If you think keeping a retail customer happy is a big job, try keeping the retailer happy.

GMI Distribution, a third-party logistics provider (3PL) based in New Jersey, has been doing just that since 1978 and knows firsthand how demanding they can be.

So when its retail customers started demanding more visibility into inventory and transactions, GMI began shopping for a more robust warehouse management system (WMS). Customers wanted the ability to connect directly to the system to exchange sales orders and shipment data. Internally, GMI wanted a more flexible system of tracking inventory items, date codes and warehouse locations as well as a more precise system to track lot, batch and date codes on products.

GMI put together a wish list for the new WMS solution that included an on-demand solution that could be up and running quickly with little capital expense. GMI also wanted the system to be easy for staff to learn, for new clients to be set up simply, and for existing customers to easily use the system.

After shopping around, GMI chose an on-demand, SaaS-based WMS (RedPrairie, redprairie.com) that integrates inventory and warehouse management processes through one centralized system. The solution also automates manually based processes from purchasing to shipping, with complete visibility for trading partners. 

All of GMI’s customers ship directly to retailers and individual consumers, so the system offers complex services like complete electronic data interchange (EDI) capabilities serving every retail trading partner in North America and direct delivery for Internet and catalog customers.

In addition to enhanced real-time inventory accuracy, the system provides 24/7 access from anywhere in the world.

“Results were immediate,” says GMI president Keith Gordon. “Right away we were able to provide inventory visibility to clients, including complete date and lot code tracking. Deploying the system was not difficult at all, and end user training was simple. This on-demand solution has really given us a competitive edge in the market.”



About the Author

image
Lorie King Rogers
Associate Editor

Lorie King Rogers, associate editor, joined Modern in 2009 after working as a freelance writer for the Casebook issue and show daily at tradeshows. A graduate of Emerson College, she has also worked as an editor on Stock Car Racing Magazine.


Subscribe to Logistics Management magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your
entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

In the third-party logistics (3PL) sector, the ongoing trend of merger and acquisition (M&A) activity never seems to take a break. That is apparent in recent weeks alone, with XPO Logistics recent acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle for $3.53 billion, Echo Global Logistics scooping up Command Transportation for $420 million, and Kuehne+Nagel buying ReTrans for an undisclosed sum.

During this webcast attendees will learn about technology that is delivering real-time tracking on freight and putting an end to the all too common question of “Where’s My Brokered Load?”. Whether you’re a broker, 3PL, shipper, or carrier, find out how you can gain automated, TMS-integrated visibility on all your shipments.

FedEx recently took another step in its plans to acquire Netherlands-based TNT-NV and a provider of mail and courier services and the fourth largest global parcel operator for $4.8 billion, which it announced in early April. The company said it has “submitted the required filing to the European Commission to obtain regulatory clearance in connection with the intended recommended public cash offer all issued and outstanding ordinary shares in the capital of TNT Express.”

The American Trucking Associations last week praised Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) for her bill that takes some positive steps towards alleviating the current environment regarding the truck driver shortage.

Global third-party logistics (3PL) services provider Kuehne+Nagel (KN) said this week it has entered into an agreement to acquire ReTrans Inc., a Memphis-based provider of multimodal transportation services.

Comments

Post a comment
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.