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Best Warehouse Management Systems 2021

By Steven Calhoun on Nov 3, 2021 1:00:00 PM

When your warehouse is buzzing and nobody has much time to stop and analyze the situation, you need a way to quickly see where everything is and then direct the work to get it done. That’s where warehouse management systems come in.

At Veryable, we partner with warehousing and manufacturing companies to improve their operations through their use of our on-demand labor marketplace. But we won’t focus on our solution here.

In this article, you’ll learn the best warehouse management systems available for you based on the size and needs of your business. You’ll see review scores from three popular review websites: Capterra, G2, and Gartner Peer Insights.

These applications were selected and categorized based on the ease and practicality of their application in differently sized warehouse environments. Many have been featured in the Gartner Magic Quadrant as leaders, visionaries, or challengers. Others have high review scores and are popular solutions.

 

Good all around warehouse management systems

These software applications can be used from small businesses up to the enterprise level. They offer basic functionality with the ability to customize the solution to fit your needs as they change. These are what we consider to be “all around” fits because their user reviews and feature sets suggest the potential for good fits across the spectrum.

  • Infor
  • Körber
  • Softeon
  • Odoo

 

Infor

Infor positions itself as a scalable solution and has garnered a spot as a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.2 stars (5 reviews)
  • G2: n/a
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.2 stars (43 reviews)

 

Körber

Körber positions itself as a solution for businesses of any size. It was named by Gartner as a leader in its space.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.0 stars (9 reviews)
  • G2: 4.0 (13 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.4 stars (159 reviews)

 

Softeon

Softeon offers fixed price deployments and has an extendable software solution. It is a visionary on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: n/a
  • G2: n/a
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.5 stars (28 reviews)

 

Odoo

Odoo is a suite of open source software from the front to back office. Its WMS solution integrates with the other relevant parts of the suite, and the software has an API which can connect to software from other vendors if needed.

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Pricing: Free if this is the only app you use from Odoo. Additional apps trigger a per-app, per-user cost structure. Odoo provides a cost calculator on its website.

Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.2 stars (424 reviews)
  • G2: 4.7 (34 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.0 stars (3 reviews)

 

 

Best warehouse management systems for small and scaling businesses

These software applications would be a better fit for small and medium sized businesses that don’t have the need for the complexities that come with enterprise deployments. This does not mean that they are lacking in features, but rather that they have been designed differently and might be more aligned to the needs of smaller businesses.

  • SkuVault
  • Tecsys

 

SkuVault

SkuVault is aimed at small and medium enterprise companies, primarily in ecommerce and omnichannel. It integrates via API with many popular ecommerce solutions.

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Pricing:$269/month for two users on basic plan, $809/month for two users on enterprise plan

Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.6 stars (48 reviews)
  • G2: 4.5 stars (8 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: n/a

 

Tecsys

Tecsys has ranked as a visionary on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for nine consecutive years. Some consider it to be complex, but others praise it for having “just what you need.” It is aimed at medium sized businesses. It is a visionary on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.0 stars (3 reviews)
  • G2: 4.5 stars (2 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 3.9 stars (45 reviews)

 

 

Best warehouse management systems for enterprise businesses

These software applications are intended for use in enterprise environments. They have been developed and tested in large-scale environments and their feature sets seek to meet the needs of the biggest businesses with the most complexities to consider.

  • SSI Schaefer
  • Manhattan Active
  • Blue Yonder
  • SAP
  • Oracle

 

SSI Schaefer

SSI Schaefer provides a comprehensive warehouse management system that integrates with its physical ASRS solutions. Its offerings are best for enterprise level integrations. It is a challenger on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: n/a
  • G2: 4.5 (1 review)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.3 stars (5 reviews)

 

Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates has received many awards for its solutions, which include a full suite of software and professional services, hardware services, and customer training. It is a leader on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: 3.8 stars (6 reviews)
  • G2: 3.9 stars (6 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.4 stars (164 reviews)

 

Blue Yonder

Blue Yonder WMS delivers the standard feature set you would expect from a WMS with a good track record. It is part of Blue Yonder’s larger ecosystem of software and a leader on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: n/a
  • G2: 3.7 stars (8 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.2 stars (132 reviews)

 

SAP

SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management is a solution tailored to high-volume warehouse operations. This specific solution is part of SAP’s larger software ecosystem. It is a leader on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

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Reviews:

  • Capterra: n/a
  • G2: 4.1 stars (12 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.3 stars (80 reviews)

 

Oracle

Oracle’s reputation as an established software company precedes it. But it isn’t coasting on the reputation, because it has consistently been ranked a leader by Gartner and others as it continues to support enterprise companies with warehouse management software and a suite of other supply chain tools. It is a leader on the Gartner Magic Quadrant.

Website

Reviews:

  • Capterra: 4.1 stars (770 reviews)
  • G2: 4.0 stars (13 reviews)
  • Gartner peer insights: 4.2 stars (113 reviews)

 


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Steven Calhoun

Written by Steven Calhoun

Content Strategist