Best-of-suite (BoS) is a comprehensive software solution designed to manage a business’s core processes

The power of best-of-suite software in the supply chain

March 5, 2024

Logistics is a critical area for any business. It requires effective coordination between the various stakeholders involved in the supply chain. To optimize operations, companies can equip themselves with digital systems that manage processes such as communication between transportation agencies and ecommerce order fulfillment, among others.

What does best-of-suite mean?

Best-of-suite (BoS) software is an end-to-end technological solution that includes preprogrammed modules to perform core business functions. These range from managing human resources and financial assets to supervising logistics operations and internal communication.

Essentially, a single provider is charged with programming and implementing the system. Best-of-suite stands out for its advantages: one provider/contact person, a single product, and a multitude of capabilities to address specific needs.

Best-of-suite is a business management software program companies use to streamline information flows between several departments. These types of systems aim to standardize operational processes through specialized modules. ERP software comes preprogrammed for the most common vital business areas.

A best-of-suite solution is implemented by a single software provider
A best-of-suite solution is implemented by a single software provider

Differences between best-of-breed and best-of-suite

The best-of-suite approach is often compared to best-of-breed, a specialized system specifically focused on the execution of a particular process, such as warehouse operations management.

These are the differences between best-of-suite and best-of-breed solutions:

  Best-of-suite Best-of-breed
Definition Comprehensive solution for managing all of a company’s operations. Specialized software programs tailored to each business area.
Advantages Implementation and administration with a single provider. System specifically designed to maximize performance in particular areas.
Disadvantages Less flexible. The solutions incorporated for each area may be less advanced. The software requires integration with the digital solutions used to manage other processes.
Example Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Warehouse management system (WMS).
Users Organizations seeking consistent management across various departments (e.g., human resources, finance, logistics. and sales). Companies aiming to optimize warehouse processes and automate inventory management.


Best-of-breed and best-of-suite: a win-win situation

What if you could install a best-of-breed solution for your warehouse with a single provider — as with best-of-suite — but with capabilities for performing additional functions? The good news is this is possible, thanks to a strategic combination of best-of-suite and best-of-breed approaches.

For example, Interlake Mecalux’s Easy WMS is a best-of-breed system crafted specifically to optimize logistics operations. But at the same time, it’s a holistic solution — i.e., best-of-suite — designed to enhance the supply chain. Moreover, a single provider — Interlake Mecalux, in this case — can implement this solution in all types of warehouses and activate additional modules to perform other actions. These range from connecting logistics processes with production (WMS for Manufacturing) to coordinating inventory needs for online sales platforms (Marketplace Integration).

Digitalizing logistics operations with this type of solution provides multiple benefits: greater resilience and responsiveness along with greener, more cost-effective operations. With warehouse management software like Easy WMS, you can manage stock much more efficiently and organize processes rigorously. The result is product flows that enable you to provide the service your customers expect. Additionally, you have a tool that allows you to adapt to changes in your environment, such as seasonality or increased sales.

End-to-end digital solution: the example of Jim Sports

The supply chain of Jim Sports, Spain’s largest sporting goods distributor, stands out for its complexity and high level of demand. Every day, Jim Sports’ warehouse in Palas de Rei (Spain) ships hundreds of orders to more than 3,500 sporting goods stores and facilities in over 35 countries.

To simplify its logistics processes and make order distribution more agile, the company installed Easy WMS in its warehouse. “We decided to partner with the Mecalux Group on this project because it’s a logistics solutions provider with a significant advantage: it can assist us 24 hours a day. Because of the nature of our business, we can’t afford to halt activity in our facility at any time. If an incident were to occur, we’d need a quick solution. This is something that Mecalux has provided us with, which sets it apart from other companies,” says Marta Gontá, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Jim Sports.

The organization chose Easy WMS because it’s a modular solution: its capabilities can be expanded based on business requirements. “We’ve updated the system to align it with our new needs and enhance our performance,” says Gontá. Jim Sports has installed three additional modules to address its new circumstances:

  • Slotting for WMS. “With such a high number of SKUs in stock, order is crucial in our warehouse,” says Gontá. This software eliminates errors and boosts efficiency in managing locations: it recommends products be categorized according to sales forecasts or demand analysis. Each item has a defined profile with specifications (relating to size and demand level, for instance), which the software considers when deciding on a location for it.
  • Multi-Carrier Shipping Software. This program automates the management of the processes that take place during the last supply chain stage: packing, labeling, and shipping. “For example, if an order has at least one bulky product, it will be packed at a specific table. We also have another table reserved for orders that contain fewer than five items, another for those with six to 12, and one more for orders exceeding a dozen. This way of organizing work prevents interference with other processes,” says Gontá.
  • Client-Specific Rules. This tool makes it possible to customize warehouse processes in line with the particular needs of each client. It also complies with the requirements stipulated, such as maximum pallet height. In the Jim Sports facility, this module creates the documentation to accompany orders (labels and delivery notes) in the language of the delivery destination.
Jim Sports has digitalized its warehouse with Easy WMS and three additional modules
Jim Sports has digitalized its warehouse with Easy WMS and three additional modules

Digitalization: the best solution for the supply chain

Effective logistics management is essential for the success of any company. And adopting technological solutions could be the key to optimizing your operations. The strategic combination of a best-of-suite and best-of-breed solution gives you the whole picture in terms of your supply chain. Digitalizing your logistics processes streamlines them significantly in addition to other advantages. These run the gamut from more efficient inventory management to adaptability to changes in your business environment.

Having a single contact when implementing technological solutions makes for a more cohesive integration between systems and more seamless communication. Interlake Mecalux’s expertise and specialization ensure continuous support and comprehensive technical assistance. Be sure to get in touch. We’ll help you in adjusting your company to the dynamic shifts in today’s market.

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