Top Logistics ERP solutions

Deciding between best-of-breed supply chain software solutions and applications that are already built into larger, enterprise software options is an age-old issue for logistics managers. Knowing this, the world’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions are incorporating more warehouse management systems (WMS), transportation management systems (TMS), and other supply chain applications into their offerings in an attempt to make the choice a little easier.

Yet, the ultimate decision usually comes down to this: If a shipper has an ERP in place that’s already chockfull of company data and ready to be leveraged across the supply chain, then it makes economical sense to stick with the larger system and hope that the supply chain functionality is both broad and complete.

If, on the other hand, the shipper needs deep functionality across different supply chain software options, then buying a best-of-breed may be the top choice. In most cases, these “bolt on” systems provide a solid foundation that shippers can use to run their supply chains.

In this year’s ERP update, we’ll look at the inroads that ERPs are making on the supply chain front, highlight new trends associated with these solutions, help you come up with the best possible selection criteria, and see how one shipper is benefitting from its own ERP investment.

ERP vs. best-of-breed
Used by a wide range of companies that want to tie all of their business functions under a single umbrella, ERPs are known for their ability to collect, organize, and store critical data for individual companies. ERPs are used across numerous departments, including financial, human resources, customer relations, manufacturing, warehouse, and distribution.

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