New Guide Helps 3PLs Buy the Best WMS Software

It’s hard enough to be a 3PL and cater to highly demanding clients. On top of that, you’re faced with constantly upgrading or replacing your software to meet changing requirements. Before you trek to vendor sites, make a trip to the bookstore. A new report, “Who’s Who in 3PL WMS Software,” published by Industrial Data & Information Inc., offers an encyclopedic overview of all the packaged applications that a logistics service provider might want to consider. Whether your concern is inventory management, billing, reporting, or customized configurations, there’s software that can help you do all that and more.

The book’s publisher claims to have more than a thousand hours on surveying and researching software solutions. In addition to providing in-depth profiles of WMS software vendors (including such prominent players as Manhattan Associates, Provia Software, MARC Global, Swisslog, and RedPrairie), author Philip Obal describes 28 software solutions that have full RF capability, support multiple owners in the warehouse, possess 3PL billing functions, and are installed in one or more 3PL operations. Also featured are IDII’s comments and insights on these applications. Subjects discussed include operating system, database, and key field size comparisons; software selection; target customer analysis; and installation methods. Comparative tables help you assess the software at a glance. For a sample profile, visit The 342-page, 8.5” x 11” book costs $495.95 per copy. For more information, visit, contact IDII at (918) 464-2222, or e-mail