The lack of investment has got to change. "A lot of wallets are going to have to be opened up now," Wulfraat says.
And, after a number of lean years, the WMS providers would love to see nothing more. The past five years have really been a roller coaster ride for many firms, dating back to 2000 when issues with Y2K compatability first emerged.
All indications are that they are starting to see an uptick in business opportunities. In a recent EyeForTransport survey, 37 percent of respondents said that they planned to deploy a WMS this year. Among them, 91 percent said that inventory management and a lack of supply chain visibility were their greatest supply chain challenge, and 84 percent said that optimizing their warehouse management was a big key to overcoming their supply chain issues.
The bottom line, according to Nilsson, is that "most systems were written a long time ago and companies are starting to take notice of what they will be able to do looking forward and finding that it is limited."