Why Choose the Cloud?
With more than a decade of development and providing best-of-breed SaaS solutions for the third-party logistics (3PL) warehouses, Extensiv has long championed the benefits of running a cloud-based WMS software.
When Extensiv launched 3PL Warehouse Manager back in 2006, we were the first in the warehousing industry to offer a cloud-based WMS software, built specifically for 3PLs. At the time, our notion was deemed radical – especially by those who saw the cloud as too risky, slow, and unreliable for warehousing operations.
Today, thousands of businesses, including some of the world’s largest logistics providers and major ecommerce websites, run critical operations via the Internet as part of their standard operating procedures. Extensiv is proud to have helped pioneer such an essential solution used by tens of thousands of logistics professionals.
Extensiv believes strongly in continuing to drive innovation in our marketplace and continuously works with customers to help private warehouses and 3PLs move from a traditional paper-based warehouse to a modern, paperless warehouse. As part of this process, we’ve also helped many warehouses diversify from supporting B2B operations to expanding into ecommerce or omnichannel warehouse processes.
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Built and deployed with an even more mature infrastructure than when we began in 2006, today’s SaaS solutions are faster, more reliable and more robust than ever before. This is a critically important benefit for warehouse operators, as it provides them with an affordable means to satisfy their customers’ demands for visibility, access, and improved technologies. Now warehouses and their customers can view their entire inventory online on cloud based inventory management software, in real-time, 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
The ongoing increases in speed, availability and options for Cloud computing have delivered additional benefits to those businesses grow who have chosen to take advantage. These include:
- The Ability To Level the Playing Field
- The Capability to Expand Instantaneously
- The Flexibility to Easily Integrate with Ecommerce Shopping Carts
Speed & Access to Data
The recent improvements to both the Cloud and Mobile computing have not only increased the level of access warehouses and their customers have to their data – it has also increased the speed at which it can be delivered. In particular, 3PLs servicing ecommerce customers need real-time access to data to ensure they meet customer demands. This added benefit is a result of the following:
- Access to the Latest – And Fastest – Technologies
- Efficient Data Handling
Security & Reliability
Once considered vulnerable to hacking and data degradation, storing data in the Cloud is now considered one of the safest and most secure means of maintaining company information. This includes not only internal company information related to warehouse operations, but data stored for clients as well. This viewpoint is based on the following:
- The Ability to Provide Data Duplication
- The Ability to Control Access
Improved Costs & Added Value
Of all the advantages offered by migrating B2Bm ecommerce, or omnichannel warehousing operations to the Cloud, perhaps the single-most compelling is the reduction in costs. These can be realized in a wide variety of areas, including:
- Lower Fees and Purchase Price
- No Software Consulting or Installation Fees
- Quick and Frictionless Implementation of Ecommerce WMS Software
- The Ability to Outsource or Enhance IT Management
- The Ability to Outsource Server Upgrade and Maintenance
- The Ability to Enjoy Feature Upgrades In Real-Time –Without Additional Cost
With some cloud-based offerings – such as 3PL Central’s 3PL Warehouse Manager – customers are afforded the privilege of multiple real-time feature upgrades without any charge.
Move to the Cloud Today
The era of Cloud computing is upon us. Its capabilities are expanding every day. And it has brought with it a host of benefits which simply cannot be ignored. These include:
- Better service levels for both warehouses and their customers
- Higher levels of security and data protection
- More visibility into ecommerce warehouse processes
- Lower costs due to strategic outsourcing
- Higher profitability due to shared and reduced costs
- And more
In the end, the evidence is overwhelming; when it comes to running a truly Smart Warehouse – the Cloud is the only way to go.
"Partnering with [Extensiv] has enabled SEKO Logistics to firmly position ourselves within the retail and eCommerce fulfillment market, which is a core strategy for us. [It] has become a feature benefit presented in our sales and onboarding process and in some cases, is the competitive differentiator that wins us the business. "
— John Christopher
Director of Logistics, SEKO Logistics