Implementing Advanced WMS for SSENSE

About iResponsive Solutions

Founded in 2013 in Atlanta,GA,iResponsive Solutions specializes in supply chain solutions,Integration,and custom development.With a diverse team of over 80 professionals spread across the globe,including offices in Coimbatore,India,and Singapore,our expertise lies in designing and implementing comprehensive supply chain solutions.Our team excels in data technology,custom development,and system integration,ensuring our clients can achieve their strategic visions efficiently.

Who Had the Problem?

SSENSE is a premier digital commerce retailer known for its curated selection of luxury fashion, streetwear, and independent designers. Established as a cutting-edge fashion destination, SSENSE has grown rapidly, expanding its product offerings and customer base worldwide. With this growth, the complexity and volume of their operations increased, demanding more robust systems to manage their supply chain effectively.

The Problem

SSENSE faced several critical challenges in their warehouse management operations that hindered their growth and efficiency. These problems stemmed from operational inefficiencies, data synchronization issues, integration problems, return management complications, and scalability concerns.

Operational Inefficiencies

  • Manual Data Entry and Processing: The existing WMS implementation required significant manual intervention for data entry and processing. This reliance on manual processes not only slowed down operations but also introduced a higher risk of human error. Mistakes in data entry led to inaccuracies in inventory records, misplacements, and delays in order fulfillment, ultimately affecting customer satisfaction.
  • Time-Consuming Processes: Routine tasks such as updating inventory levels, tracking shipments, and managing returns were time-consuming due to the lack of automation. Employees spent considerable time on repetitive tasks that could have been automated, reducing overall productivity.

Data Synchronization Issues

  • Inconsistent Data Updates: SSENSE struggled with maintaining consistent and up-to-date information across their WMS and other systems. The process of updating WMS master data from their Master Data Management (MDM) system, STYBO, was not automated, resulting in discrepancies between the actual inventory and the data reflected in the system.
  • Disjointed Product Measurement Data: Integrating product measurement data from external systems was problematic. This lack of integration led to incorrect product dimensions being recorded, which impacted storage planning, picking processes, and shipment packaging.

Integration Problems

  • Siloed Systems: The use of multiple systems, including High Jump for WMS and STYBO for MDM, created data silos. These systems were not well-integrated, leading to fragmented data management and communication breakdowns. This fragmentation made it difficult to maintain a unified view of operations, causing delays and errors in decision-making.
  • Vendor and Customer Data Integration: Coordinating data from vendors and managing customer returns was cumbersome due to inadequate system integration. Updating product information from vendors and processing returns were manual and error-prone, leading to inconsistencies and inefficiencies.

Return Management Complications

  • Inefficient Customer Return Processes: The process for handling customer returns lacked automation, resulting in slow and error-prone processing. This inefficiency caused delays in restocking returned items, affecting inventory accuracy and customer satisfaction. Customers experienced longer wait times for refunds or exchanges, damaging the overall customer experience.
  • Complicated Vendor Return Processes: Similar issues were present in managing returns to vendors. Without an automated and streamlined process, SSENSE faced difficulties in tracking and processing vendor returns accurately and promptly. This inefficiency strained vendor relationships and disrupted inventory management.

Scalability Concerns

  • Inability to Scale: As SSENSE experienced rapid growth, their existing WMS implementation could not scale to meet the increasing demands. The system’s limitations became more pronounced, creating operational bottlenecks. The inability to efficiently handle higher volumes of inventory and orders hindered SSENSE’s ability to maintain service levels and customer satisfaction.
  • Future Growth Limitations: The lack of scalability also posed a threat to SSENSE’s future growth. The existing WMS infrastructure could not support the anticipated expansion in product lines, geographic reach, and customer base, risking the company’s competitive edge in the luxury fashion market.

Implications for SSENSE

The operational inefficiencies, data synchronization issues, integration problems, and scalability concerns had significant implications for SSENSE:

  • Customer Experience: Inaccurate inventory data and delayed order fulfillment adversely affected customer satisfaction and trust.
  • Operational Costs: Manual processes and inefficiencies increased operational costs, as more resources were needed to manage data and rectify errors.
  • Vendor Relations: Inefficient return processes strained vendor relationships, potentially impacting the quality and availability of products.
  • Competitive Edge: In a highly competitive market, the inability to scale and optimize operations risked SSENSE’s position as a leading digital commerce retailer.

Addressing these issues was crucial for SSENSE to streamline their operations, improve customer satisfaction, and support sustainable growth. This necessitated a robust, integrated, and automated WMS solution that could seamlessly handle their complex supply chain needs.

The Solution

To address SSENSE’s complex challenges, iResponsive Solutions implemented a comprehensive Warehouse Management System (WMS) that integrated SSENSE’s existing High Jump system with Dematic WMS. This solution was designed to optimize functionality, automate processes, and ensure seamless data integration across various systems and operational workflows. The key elements of the solution delivered by iResponsive Solutions included:

Master Data Population and Synchronization

  • Data Migration: iResponsive Solutions facilitated the migration of master data from the existing High Jump WMS to the new Dematic WMS. This ensured that all historical data and critical information were accurately shared, laying a solid foundation for the new system.
  • Automated Data Updates: An automated process was developed to update WMS master data from SSENSE’s Master Data Management (MDM) system, STYBO. This eliminated the need for manual data entry, reducing errors and ensuring that the WMS always reflected the most current information.

Enhanced Data Management

  • Product Measurement Data Synchronization: The solution included the integration of product measurement data from external systems into the Dematic WMS. This ensured that accurate product dimensions were available for storage planning, picking processes, and shipment packaging.
  • Return Data Management: Automated processes were implemented to update WMS data for returns to SSENSE vendors. This streamlined the returns process, improving accuracy and efficiency in handling returned items.
  • Vendor Product Information Updates: iResponsive Solutions enabled automated updates for product information received from vendors. This ensured that any changes or new product details were promptly reflected in the WMS, maintaining inventory accuracy.

Integration of Key Processes

  • Supplier Inbound Shipment Integration: The integration of supplier inbound shipments into the WMS improved the visibility and tracking of incoming inventory. This allowed for better planning and faster processing of new stock.
  • Customer Returns Integration: The solution automated the integration of customer return data into the WMS. This facilitated quicker processing of returns, updating inventory levels in real-time, and enhancing customer satisfaction through faster refunds or exchanges.
  • Store/Studio Returns Integration: Returns from SSENSE stores and studios were seamlessly integrated into the WMS, ensuring that all returned items were accounted for and processed efficiently.
  • Return to Vendor (RTV) Integration: The system included robust functionality for managing returns to vendors. This integration ensured accurate tracking and processing of RTVs, maintaining good vendor relationships and inventory accuracy.

Customer Outbound Shipment Integration

  • Order Fulfillment Automation: The solution automated the integration of customer outbound shipments into the WMS. This streamlined the order fulfillment process, reducing delays and ensuring that customers received their orders promptly.
  • Store/Studio Outbound Integration: Similar automation was implemented for outbound shipments from SSENSE stores and studios. This ensured that all outbound items were tracked and managed efficiently, improving overall inventory control.

Product Information and Measurements Integration

  • Products Create/Update Integration: iResponsive Solutions enabled the seamless integration of new product creation and updates into the WMS. This ensured that any new products or changes to existing products were immediately reflected in the system, maintaining accurate and up-to-date inventory records.
  • Product Measurements Data Integration: Detailed product measurements were integrated into the WMS from various sources. This ensured that the WMS had accurate data for each product, supporting better storage management and order processing.


Implementing the comprehensive WMS solution brought numerous significant benefits to SSENSE, transforming their operations and positioning them for continued success and growth. These benefits include enhanced efficiency, improved data accuracy, streamlined operations, a better customer experience, and scalability.

Enhanced Efficiency:

  • Reduction in Manual Processes: By automating data entry and other routine tasks, the solution drastically reduced the reliance on manual processes. This minimized the time and effort employees spent on these tasks, allowing them to focus on more strategic activities.
  • Faster Operations: Automated workflows streamlined processes such as order fulfillment, inventory updates, and returns management. This led to faster processing times, improving overall operational speed and reducing bottlenecks.
  • Resource Optimization: With automation handling repetitive tasks, SSENSE could optimize the use of their workforce, deploying staff more effectively and reducing operational costs.

Improved Data Accuracy:

  • Real-Time Data Synchronization: Seamless integration ensured that all systems were updated in real-time, providing accurate and up-to-date information across the board. This eliminated discrepancies between systems, ensuring that inventory levels, product information, and order statuses were always accurate.
  • Error Reduction: The reduction of manual data entry significantly decreased the potential for human error. Accurate data management meant fewer mistakes in inventory records, order processing, and returns handling, leading to better decision-making and more reliable operations.
  • Consistency Across Systems: Automated data synchronization ensured that any updates or changes were reflected uniformly across all systems. This consistency improved the reliability of data used for reporting, planning, and operational management.

Streamlined Operations:

  • Efficient Order Fulfillment: Automated order fulfillment processes streamlined picking, packing, and shipping operations. This not only sped up order processing but also ensured that orders were fulfilled accurately and promptly, enhancing customer satisfaction.
  • Simplified Returns Management: Automated returns integration allowed for efficient processing of both customer and vendor returns. Streamlined returns management reduced processing times and improved inventory accuracy by promptly updating stock levels.
  • Improved Workflow Integration: The integration of various workflows, such as inbound and outbound shipments, product updates, and return processes, created a more cohesive and efficient operational environment. This holistic approach minimized delays and ensured smooth, uninterrupted operations.

Better Customer Experience:

  • Faster Refunds and Exchanges: Efficient customer return management meant that returns were processed quickly, leading to faster refunds or exchanges. This improved customer satisfaction and trust, as customers received timely resolutions to their return requests.
  • Accurate Order Fulfillment: With real-time inventory updates and accurate product information, the likelihood of order errors was greatly reduced. Customers received the correct products on time, enhancing their overall shopping experience.
  • Improved Communication: The integration of data across systems allowed for better communication and transparency with customers. Accurate order tracking and status updates kept customers informed, further enhancing their experience and trust in SSENSE.


  • Future-Proof Infrastructure: The new WMS solution provided a scalable framework that could easily accommodate SSENSE’s growth. Whether expanding product lines, entering new markets, or increasing the customer base, the system was equipped to handle increased demands without compromising performance.
  • Adaptability to Change: The solution’s flexibility allowed SSENSE to adapt to changing business needs and market conditions. This adaptability ensured that the company could respond swiftly to new opportunities and challenges, maintaining its competitive edge.
  • Support for Expansion: With a robust and scalable WMS, SSENSE was well-positioned to support future expansion initiatives. The system could handle increased inventory volumes, more complex operations, and higher transaction rates, facilitating sustainable growth.

By implementing this comprehensive WMS solution, SSENSE overcame their previous challenges and achieved significant operational improvements. The benefits of enhanced efficiency, improved data accuracy, streamlined operations, a better customer experience, and scalability not only optimized their current operations but also laid a solid foundation for future success. iResponsive Solutions’ expertise and innovative approach ensured that SSENSE could maintain its competitive edge and continue to grow in the dynamic and demanding luxury fashion market.


The implementation of a comprehensive Warehouse Management System (WMS) by iResponsive Solutions has fundamentally transformed SSENSE’s operations, addressing critical challenges and paving the way for future growth and success. The robust and integrated solution delivered by iResponsive Solutions has provided SSENSE with enhanced efficiency, improved data accuracy, streamlined operations, a superior customer experience, and a scalable infrastructure to support their expansion.

Optimized Operations and Enhanced Efficiency: The automation of data entry and synchronization processes has significantly reduced the reliance on manual tasks, minimizing human errors and speeding up operations. This increase in operational efficiency has enabled SSENSE to handle higher volumes of inventory and orders more effectively, optimizing resource utilization and reducing operational costs. The streamlined workflows and faster processing times have eliminated bottlenecks, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted operations.

Accurate and Real-Time Data Management: The seamless integration of data across systems has ensured real-time updates and accurate information throughout SSENSE’s operations. This has eliminated discrepancies between different systems, providing a unified and reliable view of inventory levels, product information, and order statuses. The improved data accuracy has enhanced decision-making capabilities, allowing SSENSE to respond quickly to market changes and customer demands.

Streamlined Processes and Better Customer Experience: The integration of key processes such as order fulfillment, returns management, and product updates has simplified workflows and reduced processing times. Efficient order fulfillment and accurate inventory management have ensured that customers receive their orders promptly and correctly, boosting customer satisfaction and trust. The streamlined returns management process has resulted in quicker refunds and exchanges, further enhancing the customer experience.

Scalable Solution for Future Growth: The new WMS solution provided by iResponsive Solutions offers a scalable framework that can grow with SSENSE’s business. The system is designed to handle increased volumes and complexity, supporting SSENSE’s expansion into new markets and product lines. The scalability of the solution ensures that SSENSE can continue to meet rising customer expectations and maintain a competitive edge in the luxury fashion market.

Comprehensive Support and Continuous Improvement: iResponsive Solutions has not only implemented a robust WMS but also provides ongoing support to ensure the system continues to operate efficiently. Their expertise in supply chain solutions, data integration, and custom development enables continuous improvements and adaptations to meet evolving business needs. This comprehensive support ensures that SSENSE can rely on a stable and flexible system, allowing them to focus on strategic growth and innovation.

In conclusion, iResponsive Solutions has successfully delivered a state-of-the-art WMS implementation that has transformed SSENSE’s operations. By addressing the challenges of operational inefficiencies, data synchronization issues, integration problems, return management complications, and scalability concerns, iResponsive Solutions has enabled SSENSE to achieve significant operational improvements. The benefits of enhanced efficiency, improved data accuracy, streamlined operations, a better customer experience, and a scalable infrastructure have not only optimized SSENSE’s current operations but also laid a solid foundation for future success.

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