It is necessary to count between 25 K€ and 250 K€ (or more) to acquire a WMS. And the implementation time (study, layout, training, start-up) can range from 3 months to 15 months depending on the complexity of the needs and the diversity of the logistics flows to be covered.
Of course, it is not only the cost of the WMS software and the integration service that must be taken into account, but also other direct costs to be charged to the project, mainly:
Most publishers offer an implementation cost (or “build”) and an operating cost (“run”), the latter including both a software usage fee (monthly and based on the number of users and the number of options activated), often in “SaaS” (Software as a Service) mode, as well as the associated curative and evolutionary maintenance.
It should be noted that, compared with so-called “On Premise” solutions, SaaS mode avoids investing in costly IT infrastructure (with the associated maintenance). The SAAS mode with hosting by a third-party service provider also facilitates updates and allows you to benefit from developments. The SaaS solution thus provides a “variability” of costs (OPEX versus CAPEX) which is particularly valuable for logistics providers.
CAUTION: The temptation to take second-hand equipment, to recover equipment already present in the warehouse or to buy one’s own references from a broker may prove counterproductive in the end, since this equipment is not always approved by the WMS publisher. The equipment recovered may not be covered by a maintenance contract ensuring standard replacement in less than 24 hours, for example.
The time spent internally working on a WMS implementation project is far from negligible.
A DISTINCTION IS MADE BETWEEN THE TIME SPENT ON :
Some integrators mention in their quotation, time estimates by project phase, or even by type of resource:
It is usual to take (at least) :
By definition, this involves calculating the total cost of acquiring a WMS, i.e:
… to compare them with the gains that this investment will generate:
It should be noted that operational logistics consultancies have cost and profit ratios that can help decision-makers to decide.