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The Sage X3 Warehousing Geode WMS adapts to the logistical challenges of any company. Developed by logistics professionals, Geode is a warehouse management software (WMS) designed to meet the flow control and logistical organization needs of any company. In particular, logistics providers, industrial providers in all sectors, distribution and trading companies, healthcare institutions, agricultural cooperatives, etc. Sage X3 Warehousing Geode adapts to the logistics challenges of all companies and improves productivity. It also ensures more efficient automated control, and enhances the quality and reliability of logistical flows. Thus, Geode optimizes and enhances storage spaces. This module can easily complement your ERP, whichever you use.

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Adapté aux enjeux logistiques de toutes les entreprises

Sage X3 Warehousing Geode adapts to the logistics challenges of all companies and improves productivity. It also ensures more efficient automated control, and enhances the quality and reliability of logistical flows. Thus, Geode optimizes and enhances storage spaces. This module can easily complement your ERP, whichever you use.

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Renforce la qualité et la fiabilité des flux logistiques.

Sage X3 Warehousing Geode s’adapte aux enjeux logistiques de toutes les entreprises et améliore la productivité. Il assure également un pilotage automatisé plus efficacement et renforce la qualité et la fiabilité des flux logistiques. Ainsi, Geode optimise et valorise les espaces de stockages. Ce module peut facilement compléter votre ERP, quel qu’il soit.

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Inventory management or WMS warehouse management?

Which one fits your needs?

As soon as you have significant quantities of inventory to manage, whether that be raw materials, packaging or finished products, the implementation of an IT solution is necessary. But, how do you know if it's inventory management software or WMS you need? Actually, the differences are significant and the correct choice should be made with current and future activity in mind.

How does a WMS differ from inventory management?

These two types of tools are often thought to be synonymous, while there are actually many differences:

inventory management is one of the modules of a more global ERP solution (for example Sage X3, Dynamics AX inventory management, etc.) while the WMS is a totally independent tool (top-of-the-line) that is systematically interfaced with a central system, whether that be an ERP or proprietary.

Thus, these are 2 add-ons with different types of coverage:

• Inventory management allows you to know, in real time, the inventory of finished products, to associate them with a geographical location within the warehouse, to follow the movements of these items, to carry out steps of preparation for the order as well as physical inventories.
This type of software is particularly well suited to SMEs/SMIs, with simple and standardized inventory management needs, not particularly complex.

• When needs arise in terms of:
- product flow traceability and their packaging from receipt to shipment
- optimization of storage areas being stocked
- improvement of physical tasks and operator productivity
- management of constraints such as batch numbers, serial numbers, SSCC, Datamatrix, hazardous materials…
- anticipating the workload and adapting the necessary human and material resources
Warehouse management software, or WMS, is becoming an indispensable tool in addition to already existing inventory management. Its objective is to control the overall functioning of the warehouse by coordinating all the incoming, outgoing and internal flows that take place there.

WMS or inventory management: which one to choose?

Unfortunately, there is not a single criterion for determining whether you should choose one or the other. Any SME with storage areas that need managing on its own needs at least one inventory management system.

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Perhaps the better question: can inventory management be sufficient? Or do I need a WMS? Everyone can answer this question by reviewing the following determining factors:
• what is my sector of activity: food products, pharmaceuticals, electronics, automotive, agricultural co-op, DIY supplies and decoration...?
• am I a producer, distributor, service provider, or e-merchant?
• how many sites do I have to manage and what is their size? how many pallets do I have stored?
• how many product references do I have to manage, and what are the associated traceability constraints: lot n°, expiration dates, serial n° …
• how many operators do I have? are they versatile?
• is the warehouse equipped with RF Terminal readers or do I want to set some up? the same applies to industrial processes such as automated conveyors or stacker cranes
• what is the daily and weekly volume of receiving (in no. of pallets and no. of references), preparation (no. of orders, no. of pick waves) and shipping (no. of shifts and/or trucks per day)?

Of course, this list is not exhaustive. It is above all scalable: if you are in a high-growth sector, you have to take into account the need for a WMS in order to ride into the future with serenity!
Laure Berger, Senior Supply Chain Consultant.

Sage partner