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When you are selecting an e-commerce warehouse management system (WMS), you need to make sure you have a clear understanding of the vendor’s implementation process before signing a contract. Without a doubt, implementation is the most challenging — and most risky — phase of a WMS project life cycle. Anyone in the industry has either heard or can share a WMS implementation story that was behind schedule or massively over budget … and sometimes both cases were true.
The good news is Tecsys has an e-commerce warehouse management system that is designed to go from initial scoping interview to live in 28 days. When customers hear that timeframe, we are always asked, “How is that possible?”
Let me review the steps and processes Tecsys uses to implement our Omni™ WMS in 28 days.
At Tecsys, we break the implementation into four phases. Each phase is seven business days and has a checkpoint at the end to ensure the project is on track. The phase must be successfully completed before moving to the next phase.
At the start of an implementation project, it is very important to Tecsys to learn about your business and work together with you on defining how the system will support your warehouse management. Below are the steps we follow in phase one:
Using all the information we collected in phase one, Tecsys builds the e-commerce warehouse management system while you or your systems’ integrator builds the ERP integration. Here are the steps for phase two:
By now the e-commerce warehouse management system is built and the data is in place. Next step is to test and train the key warehouse subject matter experts (SME). Below are the steps in phase three:
The actual e-commerce WMS go-live is the final phase of the implementation plan and it’s where everything comes together. Below are the steps involved in phase four:
My recommendation is to be prepared before you begin phase one of this implementation plan. All the hard work you put in beforehand will truly help make the implementation as smooth as possible for your business.
The key benefit of rapid implementation is it reduces risk and drives time-to-value. Tecsys has had many successful go-lives of our Omni™ WMS when following this 28-day implementation plan. It is a proven process that we are committed to at Tecsys. Omni™ WMS is designed to get you live on a full-featured e-commerce warehouse management system fast so you can reduce your costs and begin your ROI faster.