Warehouse Management Systems


Enterprise Resource Planning

By Rise SA Team, October 10, 2023
Many companies struggle to decide whether a warehouse management system (WMS) or an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system will be a better option for their business. While both solutions offer some similar functionalities, there are significant differences to take into account. By understanding these differences, you can easily choose a system that perfectly matches your business needs. Don't let this decision daunt you – this article will help you make the right choice.

What is WMS?

Warehouse management systems control the movement and storage of your company’s inventory. These systems know the exact location of every item in real time and optimize all warehouse operations from receipt to shipment. You can connect barcode scanners, RFID readers, and other equipment to accurately track the goods movement.

Being single-function solutions, warehouse management systems require other supporting software to manage other aspects of your business, for example, manufacturing or payroll management.

What is ERP?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a comprehensive software that automates all the core business processes, such as planning, procurement, manufacturing, CRM, sales, inventory management, and finance, across the company. These systems allow different departments to access and share information in real time. A good ERP system streamlines business operations, increases efficiency, cuts costs, and improves decision-making.

ERP is an all-encompassing solution, it includes most of the features of a warehouse management systems, such as tracking goods receipt and shipment.

Main Differences Between WMS and ERP

The main difference between warehouse management systems and enterprise resource planning is that a WMS are designed specifically for managing inventory and warehouse operations, whereas ERP systems manage all aspects of a business, including finance, human resources, and customer relationship management. This means that ERP systems may have more features and capabilities than WMS, but may not be as specialized in warehouse management.

Another key difference is that WMS is typically used by businesses that have large warehouses or distribution centers with complex inventory management needs, while ERP systems are used by businesses of all sizes and industries. WMS is often used by retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers to manage inventory levels, track shipments, and optimize warehouse operations.

Scale Up Your Business with Rise Business

Rise Business is a robust ERP solution well-suited for e-commerce, service, and wholesale companies. It is a comprehensive solution that will streamline and automate the following business operations: Planning, CRM and marketing, Sales, Purchasing, Warehouse and delivery, Treasury, Profitability and cost, and give you a clear picture of the companies performance and profitability.

Although it is an ERP system, Rise Business offers extended warehousing capabilities, namely:
  • Warehouses of any complexity. You can create simple and advanced warehouses with complex topology and picking/put-away rules.
  • Goods receipt, shipment, put-away and picking. The system suggests the best location for every item based on available storage bin characteristics and put-away rules, and knows where to find the goods in real time.
  • Bin location system. You can keep records of goods balances by storage locations (sections, racks, cells) and goods packages.
  • Delivery. You can organize delivery to the customer/to the carrier, from the supplier/from the carrier, or by the carrier.
  • Up-to-date stock info on-hand.
  • Mobile warehouse keeper workplace. In a mobile workplace, warehouse keepers can create new put-away and picking jobs, perform such jobs, move goods from one storage bin to another, and recalculate goods upon the inventory count.
  • Kitting and reversed kitting. You can assemble goods from components and disassemble them into components.
  • Internal transfers, inventory count, and other internal warehouse documents.


Overall, the choice between a WMS and ERP system depends on the specific needs and goals of the business. Businesses with complex warehouse operations may benefit more from a specialized WMS system, while those looking for a comprehensive solution for managing all aspects of their business may prefer an ERP system.

If you are not sure what exact solution will give you a greater value, consider Rise Business. With this system, you can automate all your business processes and insure and ensure accurate warehouse and stock management at the same time, all while keeping costs low. Discover more about Rise Business: https://rise.solutions/rise_business and Rise Business modules: https://rise.solutions/rise_business_news6.
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