There are standard warehouse management solutions and customised systems. You may choose the former or latter depending on your preference, how you intend to manage your operations and the problems that you may have right now that must be resolved to enhance efficiency. Your business will naturally demand a certain system. Warehouse management has several best practices and you should always endorse them. These best practices are industry specific but they are not business specific. The exact size or type of business, how it tweaks the typical modus operandi and the expertise of the staff along with the infrastructural resources available are not factored into the best practices. Hence, you would find little improvement by incorporating industry standards without customising them in the right context.
Your company must always go for customised warehouse management solutions. Even if you are hiring a warehouse management company and you do not intend to have anything directly or physically to do with the infrastructure or the day-to-day operations, you should still stress on a customised service. This is more important today than ever before because of eCommerce. No longer does a company deal with a handful of wholesalers or distributors. Companies that used to deal with retailers directly, even if it was only in a region, the transactions were between two parties, both of which were businesses and the logistics strategies would remain unchanged for long spans of time. Acquisitions or sales would be in bulk and along expected or charted routes. None of these are applicable any longer because of eCommerce.
Warehouse management solutions have evolved with time to meet the dynamic needs of present day eCommerce. Yet, there have been standardisation to a large extent. The way a consumer electronics manufacturer or seller operates would be very different from how a business dealing in herbal supplements would operate. It is absolutely futile to have a standardised system, regardless of whether or not it incorporates the best practices in the industry. Warehouse management solutions should be customised, not only to benefit the company or seller but also to be more relevant for the consumer or buyer. Warehouse management solutions have a far reaching impact on inventory management, order fulfilment, logistics, delivery and returns. Anything amiss or irrelevant for a given product and unsuitable considering the manner in which a company sells its goods and promises certain service deliverable to its customers will pave the way for a crisis.