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  • 1.  WMS

    Posted Mar 04, 2019 07:53 AM
    Our company is upgrading to Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2018 and once we GO LIVE we want to start gearing towards adding a Warehouse Management Solution. Without going into much detail, can any you tell me which WMS system you use or would suggest? Thanks in advance.

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    Bill Wilson
    ERP Management and Design
    Park100 Foods
    Tipton IN
    bwilson@park100foods.com
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  • 2.  RE: WMS

    Posted Mar 05, 2019 08:19 AM
    Edited by Greg Miles Mar 05, 2019 08:19 AM
    Good Morning Bill,

    Our company specializes in Microsoft Dynamics NAV/Dynamics 365 Business Central and HighJump Warehouse Edge (formerly AccellosOne), along with the integration between NAV and WMS.  HighJump Warehouse Edge has many advanced inventory management functionalities for companies that are in the food industry and I would be glad to discuss this with you further.

    Sincerely,

    Greg Miles
    Marketing Manager
    iCepts Technology Group, Inc.
    610-579-9159
    gmiles@icepts.com
    www.icepts.com



  • 3.  RE: WMS

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Mar 05, 2019 08:20 AM
    Bill,

    What we normally recommend to our clients is to first look at the internal NAV WMS abilities.  Unless you have some extreme requirements, we find that the native WMS abilities work very well.  Now let me also add that while we recommend the native NAV WMS, we also recommend that they purchase some extensions from Insight Works  (www.dmsiworks.com) .  These extensions include the adding wireless guns/devices and license plating.  More importantly, these products are installed within the NAV product itself so you are working within one user interface.

    Overall, we find the NAV WMS and the Insight extensions, provide the WMS functionality at a very competitive price.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or I am sure Insight would be happy to talk directly with you as well.

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    Paul Silvani
    General Manager
    Velosio
    Chicago IL
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  • 4.  RE: WMS

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Mar 05, 2019 08:37 AM
    I fully agree with Paul.  The native NAV WMS should always be your first step.  Jumping into a stand-alone WMS system without the core NAV understanding is trying to run before you can walk.  I also agree with the InsightWorks add-ons for handheld scanning.  Trying to minimize human-error is key in keeping the inventory accurate.

    All that being said, your best resource is going to be your current NAV Partner.  They will know your business needs better than us, and should be your first resource in defining your requirements and path forward with WMS.

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    Ben Baxter
    Consultant
    Accent Software, Inc.
    carmel IN
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  • 5.  RE: WMS

    Posted Mar 05, 2019 11:20 AM
    Bill,

    We went with a crawl-walk-run strategy.  We implemented NAV in November of 2014 and used advanced warehousing.  In 2016, we purchased bcMobile by Beck Consulting (scan guns, but still mostly core NAV functionality).  We are currently implementing Generix, formerly Sologlobe, as a WMS.  I would imagine that with the food industry you will need scan gun functionality and strict inventory functionality with expiration dates and such, so you may have to jump to the "walk" phase.  I will say that if you have a very mature company with mature processes and systems, you may be able to implement NAV and WMS at the same time, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.  Just for the WMS portion of our implementation, we have two full-time employees (one on the warehouse floor as a WMS Superuser and one as NAV/WMS Project Manager) who spend most of their time working on the WMS implementation.  In addition to that, we have about 7 other supervisors or managers who are dedicating time to the project as well.  And that is WMS only!  Also, if your company is currently using EDI, that adds a whole additional level of testing and integrations.

    You didn't ask this, but just as a reference - we started looking at WMS vendors in June of last year, and finally selected one in September.  We signed an initial agreement in late October, and now have a tentative go-live date in May.  We are a manufacturer that sells to several different channels, so the implementation time definitely depends on how complicated your operations are.  One of the BEST things we did was visit several sites that had implemented the two final WMS solutions that we were considering.  It was crazy how in the initial sales meetings everything was automated, and everything works perfectly, but when you go on site, even with users that the provider has selected, you will see some nasty workarounds and things that didn't work the way you expected them to.  Once we get ours up and running, you are welcome to come to Baton Rouge to check it out!

    Hope this helps!

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    Angela Dunnahoe
    Marucci Sports
    Baton Rouge LA
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  • 6.  RE: WMS

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Mar 05, 2019 12:02 PM

    Hello Bill – I would take a look at NAV warehousing to start.

    Shameless Plug Alert: if you are attending #Focus in Houston next week, I am presenting with Joe Flynn from Goldstar Foods, a session on Advanced Warehousing where we will cover details of Advanced Warehousing and Joe will discuss real-world issues and how they implemented NAV Warehousing in a high volume, food environment. It's not too late to get into the event. There are several warehousing sessions and there will be ISV solution providers who extend NAV onto mobile devices.

    If you are not attending, then if your partner is able to have that discussion, I would go there and if not, then I would be happy to discuss both the standard NAV out of the box functionality and our ACE warehousing option as well.



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    Jim Augenstein
    Channel Manager
    Lanham Associates
    Aliso Viejo, CA
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  • 7.  RE: WMS

    Posted Mar 05, 2019 02:51 PM
    I echo the comments to look at NAV's capabilities first.  The gap between "what NAV can do" and what the "Customer requires for Inventory Management" might not be wide enough to justify the expense and complexity of a WMS.

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    Alex Scheler
    Carma Laboratories, Inc.
    Franklin WI
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