Discover the essential pieces of your enterprise software stack and how to build a resilient one

Did you know a shocking 60% of an organization’s data is considered “dark data” – unknown or inaccessible to those who need it? This hidden information, combined with siloed systems, creates a major blind spot – a disjointed and fragmented customer journey. In today’s complex supply chain landscape, fragmented systems and siloed data make it difficult to achieve real-time visibility, optimize processes, and gain a competitive edge. That’s where a well-integrated Enterprise Software Stack (ESS) comes in.

This blog dives deep into the core components of an effective ESS, highlighting its functionalities and benefits and exploring key considerations for implementation. Read on for expert guidance on building a winning ESS tailored to your specific business needs.

Warehouse Management System (WMS)

The warehouse is a beehive of activity. A WMS acts as the central control system, optimizing inventory management, order fulfillment, and picking & packing processes. It ensures efficient storage, smooth order flows, and real-time inventory visibility.

Here’s how a WMS benefits your business:

  • Reduced errors and improved accuracy: Streamline picking processes and minimize misplaced inventory.
  • Increased efficiency: Optimize warehouse layouts, automate tasks, and ensure faster order fulfillment.
  • Enhanced labor productivity: Empower your warehouse staff with the tools they need to work smarter, not harder.
  • Improved customer satisfaction: Faster order fulfillment translates to happier customers.
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Order Management System (OMS)

The OMS is your customer-facing command center. It streamlines order intake, processing, and fulfillment across various channels (online, distribution center, in-store, etc.). An OMS provides a holistic view of orders, automates tasks, and ensures timely deliveries, leading to a better customer experience.

Here are the key functionalities of an OMS:

  • Omnichannel order management: Manage orders seamlessly across all your sales channels.
  • Inventory allocation and control: Ensure you have the right inventory in the right place to fulfill orders promptly.
  • Automated order processing: Reduce manual work and eliminate errors with automation tools.
  • Sustainable Fulfillment: An OMS optimizes order fulfillment, potentially reducing transportation miles and enabling eco-friendly practices like box-less returns.

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

This powerhouse system integrates core business functions like finance, accounting, and human resources. An ERP acts as the central nervous system of your organization, providing a unified platform for data management and streamlining operations across departments.

Here’s how an ERP benefits your supply chain:

  • Improved financial visibility: Gain a holistic view of your finances and make data-driven decisions.
  • Enhanced operational efficiency: Streamline processes across departments and eliminate redundancies.
  • Better forecasting and planning: Leverage data to forecast demand and optimize inventory levels.
  • Improved collaboration: Break down departmental silos and foster better communication across the organization.

Multi-Carrier Shipping Software (MCSS)

Gone are the days of managing shipments through separate portals or utilizing hard-to-manage homegrown shipping systems. A MCSS offers a centralized platform for comparing rates and transit times, executing shipments, generating shipping labels and managing shipping workflows – all in one place.

Streamline your shipping operations with an MCSS and gain these benefits:

  • Reduced shipping costs: Automatically compare rates from multiple carriers and negotiate better carrier contracts.
  • Improved shipping efficiency: Automate tasks, streamline workflows, and reduce manual errors.
  • Enhanced visibility and control: Track your shipments in real-time and gain supply chain transparency.
  • Simplified compliance: Ensure your shipments and shipping labels meet all regulatory requirements.


Automation is the secret weapon of a winning ESS. By automating repetitive tasks (e.g., order picking, data entry), you free up your team to focus on higher-value activities. Look for an ESS technology that can seamlessly integrate with automation solutions like robotics and automated storage & retrieval systems (AS/RS). Here are some areas where automation can benefit your supply chain:

  • Warehouse automation: Automate picking, packing, and sorting tasks to improve efficiency and accuracy.
  • Intelligent Packing: Packaging solutions can optimize cartonization and containerization, minimizing wasted space and reducing packaging materials. This not only saves costs but also promotes sustainability.
  • AI-powered Workflows: Integrate AI with your ESS to automate tasks like demand forecasting, inventory management, and route optimization, leading to a more intelligent and data-driven supply chain.

Now that you know the key players, let’s explore some critical considerations for crafting your winning ESS:

  • Budget: ESS solutions come with varying price points. Define your budget upfront and prioritize functionalities most critical for your business needs. Consider a phased implementation approach to start with core functionalities and scale as your needs evolve. [Hear how Crocs implemented a phased approach for shipping software]
  • Scalability: Choose an ESS that can grow with your business. Look for solutions that can accommodate future expansion. Solutions that offer cloud-based and on-premise deployments offer scalability and flexibility for any requirements.
  • Integration Needs: Ensure seamless integration between your ESS components to eliminate data silos and create a holistic view of your supply chain.
  • Security: With a well-integrated ESS, you’ll be managing a wealth of sensitive data. Choose an ESS that prioritizes robust security measures to protect your data.

“A well-designed ESS combines “separation of concerns” with data portability. By establishing clear systems of records and enabling efficient communication of data between core and supporting components, companies can ensure each process has the data it needs to function flawlessly, without duplicating data.”

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This statement by Justin Cramer, Co-Founder at ProShip, emphasizes the critical role of an ESS in today’s business environment. As he will be further exploring during our upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 27th, 2024 at 11:00am CST titled 4 Enterprise Software Stack Secrets of Successful High-Volume Shippers, a winning ESS empowers businesses to make data-driven decisions, optimize resource allocation, and achieve a significant competitive advantage.

In today’s complex shipping environment, navigating multiple carriers, managing contracts, and optimizing costs can be a significant challenge. ProShip’s multi-carrier shipping solutions offer a powerful and user-friendly platform that streamlines every aspect of your shipping operations. Compare rates from leading carriers in real-time, execute shipments lightning fast, implement intricate shipping workflows and include complex business rules for customization – all from a single, centralized platform. ProShip seamlessly integrates with leading WMS, OMS, ERP and automation systems, ensuring a smooth data flow and eliminating the need for disparate systems.

Ready to unleash the power of a well-integrated ESS? Contact our expert team for a personalized discovery call and explore how ProShip’s solutions can optimize your supply chain operations.

Don’t wait – take control of your supply chain with a winning ESS! By following these steps and leveraging ProShip’s expertise, you can build a winning ESS that drives efficiency, cost savings, and a competitive advantage.