Software is what powers warehouses. It is the brain that makes every aspect of a warehouse run smoothly, and it has a significant impact on growth and your inventory management capabilities.

This software enables the various systems in the warehouse to function more efficiently. There is a new class of such software that is thinner, cloud-based, and lower cost. It has been proven to handle massive scale when needed. It is called a Warehouse Operating System (WOS).


WOS offers some significant advantages over the bulkier “Warehouse Management System” (WMS) that was pioneered over a decade ago when orders and shipments were handled much differently. WOS technology was designed to be an improvement over traditional fulfillment methods.

A Warehouse Operating System is more straightforward and better focused on the new realities of the warehouse operation, namely, handling both large and small order quantities. Although it performs most of the same functions as a WMS, the WOS solution requires less manpower and less training and can be implemented much faster.

Consulting with professional warehouse engineers for a complete warehouse analysis can help you identify what you want to get out of a warehouse operating system. We put together a chart that compares crucial differences between a WOS and WMS.

Chart comparing WOS vs. traditional WMS.
Comparison between a traditional warehouse management system & the new Warehouse OS software.

A Deeper Look at Warehouse Operating Systems

  • Train new employees in a fraction of the time (usually under 30 minutes).
  • Dramatically decrease picking and packing time (sometimes by half).
  • Lower your cost-per-package shipped.
  • Compete globally at a lower overall cost.
  • Eliminate mis-picks.
  • Tablet-guided picking routes and product location verification.
  • Paperless picking and packing.
  • Actionable KPIs and employee metrics.

Quick & Easy Training

Deployed as an app, a WOS provides a familiar platform that makes training quick and easy. It ensures that new hires and temp workers get up to speed quickly and contribute immediately (a WOS training takes a fraction of the time it does on a WMS). Quickly change the user license counts to meet high demands and grant unique permissions or scan requirements per employee. A WOS tracks every action and logs it into a history log, which allows for greater research and accountability.

Typically, new installation training on a WOS can be completed within two to four weeks.

Take the thinking out of inventory management and turbocharge your picking operation today. Click for a free demo to see if WarehouseOS™ is right for you.