What is a Warehouse Management System?

A Warehouse Management System, or WMS, is a software that’s used to record and manage almost all activity inside a physical warehouse of goods. This includes everything from inventory management, shipping, to receiving, putaway, picking, packing, and more.

If the warehouse is public or offers multi-client operations, the warehouse management system can also monitor the ownership of each item by the customer. For those fulfilling e-commerce operations, the WMS management is great for Ecommerce operations and integrations with shopping cart platforms.

The role of top warehouse management systems are also to design and integrate with a wide range of internal and external software systems, including Enterprise Resource Planning Systems, Supply Chain Management Systems, Inventory Management Systems, Transportation Management Systems, Barcode Scanning Systems, and Ecommerce platforms.

Such systems can also communicate with other customers, vendors, and suppliers through technologies like Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and UCC-128 Label Printing.


Who Uses Warehouse Management Systems?

Warehouse Management Systems are used by a wide range of operations charged with managing, shipping, and monitoring physical inventory. This can include both public warehouses, known as Third Party Logistics companies (3PLs), as well as private warehouses. 3PLs processing ecommerce or omnichannel orders often leverage WMS management system to manage the order volume demands.

Private warehouses are operated by businesses in almost every major industry, including healthcare, automotive, cold storage, medical supply, aeronautics, telecommunications, consumer goods, electronics, computers, and more.


Why Use 3PL Central WMS Software?

3PL Central is the leader in WMS management system for 3PLs, partnering with our customers to quickly transform paper-based, error-prone businesses into service leaders who can focus on customer satisfaction, operate more efficiently, grow faster, and expand ecommerce operations.

Proven success in the challenging 3PL warehouse environment, 3PL Warehouse Manager was the first on-demand Warehouse Management System (WMS) built specifically for 3PLs.

The product has grown exponentially, providing enterprise-class WMS functionality to a range of warehouse operations that are looking to employ a comprehensive SaaS (cloud-based) WMS solution.


Companies That Use Our Products

Our customers include 3PLs who focus on anything from pallet in/pallet out, ecommerce, or omnichannel fulfillment in a variety of industries. 3PL Warehouse Manager is offered via an on-demand, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, enabling 3PLs to easily manage inventory, automate routine tasks, deliver complete visibility to their customers, and support the litany of ecommerce warehouse processes.

Our 3PL warehouse management system has enabled our customers to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership of supply chain execution software while freeing them from the traditional “buy, upgrade and maintain” software cycle.


After an extensive market search, we selected 3PL Central’s 3PL Warehouse Manager for its intuitive user interface, ability to seamlessly integrate with our internal DHL systems and reasonable cost. Working together during the implementation process has resulted in 3PL Central truly delivering an even better product than we initially purchased.

Julie Rome | Logistics Operations Manager, DHL SameDay
Customer since: March 2010