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LogFire is a cloud-based WMS from Logfire Inc. that offers flexible configuration options for a variety of different company warehouse scenarios and covers the end-to-end operations of the warehouse. The system has an easy-to-use UI and supports an assortment of mobile technologies that are utilized in the warehouse.
The LogFire warehouse management system (WMS) integrates with other third-party ERP, merchandising and supply chain management systems, as well as integrated data from trading partners throughout an extended enterprise network. Data is exchanged through standard electronic data interchange and other formats, including XML and flat file. LogFire also provides integration with material handling equipment.
In September 2016, Logfire was acquired by Oracle, so companies that were already using Oracle systems can expect to see a mature, cloud-based WMS that is scalable and fits well with Oracle's other cloud-based supply chain offerings.
What does Logfire's cloud-based WMS do, and who benefits from it?
The warehouse management functions that LogFire supports include:
- inbound receiving and putaway of inventory;
- inventory management that extends from the warehouse all the way to the store shelf;
- allocation of inventory into outbound loads with multistop routes;
- item receive;
- pick and pack;
- material handling that supports a high degree of automation and complex fulfillment strategies with built-in integration for material handling equipment and systems;
- workforce management that includes the ability to input key performance indicators and to measure workforce performance against them; and
- a full complement of supply chain analytics and dashboards that provide real-time operational analysis, enterprise reporting and alert issuance for immediate management intervention.
LogFire is especially well-suited for companies that have omnichannel warehouse operations. It helps retailers transform any site (e.g., warehouse, distribution center, storefront, kiosk, garage) into a fully functional warehouse and distribution center with visibility of warehouse workflows, logistics and deliveries. Users can view this insight from mobile devices as well as from desktop computers. To support the effort, the company offers step-by-step guidance and training throughout the WMS implementation process.
The LogFire WMS is updated every quarter, but clients have the choice to move to the update when they want to. Its latest major release expands LogFire functionality from omnichannel retail to wholesalers and manufacturers.
Logfire offers its WMS as a software as a service offering, meaning the users receive cloud-based WMS functionality, but also get accompanying expertise from the Logfire staff in omnichannel retail, wholesaling and manufacturing applications.
Logfire offers strong support for its customers
The company offers implementation planning where LogFire industry experts assist new clients with optimization strategies for the software. This strategic planning takes into account the specific warehouse, in-store and e-commerce environments a company needs to support so that the system can be adapted to provide maximum benefit. In the course of doing this, Logfire uses its own "rapid deployment" methodology, which includes developing an ROI formula for the system and then proving out the ROI with users' companies. There is also a simplified ROI calculator that takes the industry, the number of warehouse locations, and the number of employees at each location and then compares the cost of LogFire to other popular WMS packages.
During system implementation, Logfire staff work alongside company staff in phase-testing the WMS. They then help with integrating and testing system interfaces with mobile technology, as well as with warehouse automation, material handling, and control systems. Logfire also delivers training on its WMS and assists clients with change management and adoption while the staff adjusts to a new warehouse system.
Even with the acquisition by Oracle, Logfire provides 24/7, year-round support to its clients in all time zones. This support comes in the form of both technical and warehouse expertise. The vendor also provides in-depth education on its WMS and on how the WMS can best operate within the context of your own particular warehouse operation.
LogFire pricing is based on a monthly subscription basis, and while there is no free trial, a system demo is available upon request.
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