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Start-up offers cloud-based warehouse management

Steve Rogerson
May 9, 2017



Foysonis, a technology start-up based in North Carolina, has released a cloud-based warehouse management system (WMS) to run small to midsized warehouses on a software-as-a-service basis.
 
The SaaS model is available for a monthly subscription, enabling businesses to build a smart warehousing operation powered by a cloud software platform.
 
To access the software, users need a computer with the latest browser and an internet connection. Set-up is straightforward and normally takes a few hours or can take a few days, depending on the master data set-up. Users running their warehouse in a pen and paper environment or in any legacy WMS software can, says the company, seamlessly move to Foysonis’ cloud-based WMS.
 
The platform automates receiving, put-away, order fulfilment, picking and shipping processes within a warehouse. Users receive customer support from warehousing experts to configure the WMS to fit their warehouse operation as well as to resolve any operational issues. Support is offered round the clock.
 
Warehouses can be automated with barcode labels and operators use existing iOS or Android devices to scan the labels. This is time saving for warehouse associates.
 
Built specifically for mobile platforms, the apps take advantage of the touch-enabled user interface and the inbuilt camera to scan the barcodes. Users can also employ special-purpose, Bluetooth-enabled barcode scanners for the industrial environment with their devices to improve the speed of barcode scanning. With a warehouse-as-a-service platform, users no longer need to purchase their own servers to install and run a legacy on-premise WMS software or to hire a large IT team.
 
With a classic electric utility model and an Uber-like on-demand service to run warehouses, Foysonis says it has democratised access to WMS software for small to midsized warehouses.
 
One client example is Headwin Logistics, a logistics services company in Texas. The company chose the Foysonis platform to run its warehouses, which enables it to deliver third-party logistics services to its customers.
 
“Foysonis WMS is our platform of choice to run warehousing operations to better serve our customers and rapidly grow the warehousing side of the business,” said Headwin managing director Ray Counter.
 
The team at Foysonis built the WMS platform from scratch for the mobile-first and cloud-computing era.
 
“We’ve designed Foysonis WMS to meet the unique needs of small to midsized warehouses, with purpose-built applications for iOS and Android devices, modern touch enabled user interface, and internet scale, cloud-native software architecture,” said Foysonis director of engineering Srikaran Ariyakumar. “Plus, we made it affordable for any small warehouse operations.”
 
The Foysonis founders spent years implementing WMS systems for Fortune 500 companies. During this time, they realised most legacy, on-premise WMSs are bloated and expensive to install. They solved this problem by designing a cloud-native platform and simplifying the implementation of the WMS.