If you’ve been around this industry for twenty years or so, you may remember the origins of the best-of-breed WMS market we know today. The catalyst was compliance labeling. Major retailers like Walmart began to require their suppliers to label their cartons to speed up the receiving process. Basic inventory and warehouse management systems then on the market had been designed to handle pallets. They weren’t up to the job of creating custom labels for cartons or the value-added services that followed.
Source: Automation: What’s next for supply chain software – Modern Materials Handling