Online shoppers expect fast deliveries. TechTarget indicated the rise of ecommerce has created a standard for prompt distribution of inventory.

"It used to be that regardless of industry, it would be fine to get a customer something in a week," Tom Singer of supply chain consultant Tompkins International told TechTarget. "Now, you have much tighter delivery requirements; in most cases, customers want something in two days or they want it tomorrow. That promotes a much more dynamic paradigm that really dictates the need for tight coupling between WMS and TMS functionality."

If a company does not have the warehouse and shipping standards needed to meet a customer's demand, that consumer can easily go online and find a business promising faster service. To stay competitive in a rapid pace market, companies have begun implementing mobile tools into their warehouse and transportation management systems.

Shared equipment
WMS and TMS can no longer function in their own unique data silos. The information between the two has to work together to create delivery schedules and facilitate simple order preparation.

Workers who use a mobile warehouse inventory management system should have access to the same information as product delivery drivers. Inventory employees pick and prepare orders with truck arrival times and cargo space dimensions in mind. Drivers will know when the order is ready and how many warehouse workers are available to help them load.

Additional tools can assist in uniform performance. Modules like Microsoft Dynamics NAV barcoding provide drivers and warehouse workers with data collection software that makes inventory and equipment tracking simple.

Constant messaging
Mobile warehouse inventory management systems can keep an open line of communication between warehouse employees and deliver workers. Constant contact prepares both sides for any unforeseen circumstances.

Logistics Management said the ability to adjust plans on the go is paramount to TMS and WMS integration. If users can see when a loading machine breaks down or if a truck stops due to a road emergency, there is no need to sit around and waste time. Problems are visible in an integrated system as soon as they happen. Workers can check with managers who have access to the data to determine a new plan for time and resource allocation.

Complete company oversight
WMS and TMS information should work together. Drivers who use mobile tools to report route performance can work with order pickers to indicate what batches should be grouped together based on destination for the optimal distribution time.

Integration between shipping and warehouse operations should also be part of the entire company's infrastructure. Distribution professionals speaking with Logistics Viewpoints suggested many departments could profit from access to the inventory data stream. If a problem does occur in shipping or handling of merchandise, the account manager for the client has to know immediately.

Complete business oversight of distribution is an important source of information. Companies are operating in a big data world. A business of any size needs tools that help all employees capture data and a software system that gets all departments working together.

Business managers should download the Warehouse Mobile Data Dynamics NAV Module Data Sheet for more information on data integration.