Warehouse Management Software, WMS, Warehousing Software, Warehouse Systems

A critical element within the wider supply chain, a warehouse management system (WMS) helps to manage the storage and distribution of goods within a warehouse or distribution centre (DC). The software stores and provides information on goods transactions such as receiving, putaway and picking and shipping, often based on real-time information related to bin utilisation. A WMS system also often incorporates the use of Auto Identification & Data Capture (AIDC) devices or systems – including barcode scanners, mobile computers, wireless LANs or Radio-frequency identification (RFID) – to help to optimise the efficient stocking and distribution of goods.

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How will automation impact warehouse operations and management?

How will automation impact warehouse operations and management?

By Eric Carter and Mark Wilkinson, supply chain consultants, Indigo Software.

The warehouse is one of the areas within a business where the adoption of automation and artificial intelligence has progressed more quickly than in other functions.

Intelligently controlled books, games and more: KNV Logistik relies on logistics IT from inconso AG

Intelligently controlled books, games and more: KNV Logistik relies on logistics IT from inconso AG

After the completed centralisation of their logistics at the site in Erfurt, Koch, Neff & Volckmar GmbH (KNV) and Koch, Neff & Oetinger Verlagsauslieferung GmbH (KNO VA) combined their logistics services under one roof for the first time.

Vanderlande to exhibit at Post-Expo 2017

Vanderlande to exhibit at Post-Expo 2017

Vanderlande will present its sorting systems, including loop sorters and line sorters at this year's Post-Expo on 26-28 September at the Palexpo convention centre in Geneva, Switzerland.

ØRN International gets smart with Snapfulfil Cloud WMS

ØRN International gets smart with Snapfulfil Cloud WMS

Workwear wholesaler, ØRN International has successfully gone live with the Snapfulfil Cloud WMS.

AutoStore expands its partner network with Dematic as a global partner

AutoStore expands its partner network with Dematic as a global partner

AutoStore, inventor and provider of the grid-based, scalable warehouse automation system, has signed a strategic agreement with Dematic, a global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services.

End-to-end automation drives supply chain efficiencies

End-to-end automation drives supply chain efficiencies

The eCommerce boom has transformed manufacturing, retail and 3PL. Driven by growing customer demand for faster delivery times, added convenience and a seamless multichannel experience, organisations face unprecedented pressure to gain efficiencies, improve accuracy and reduce costs at every stage of the supply chain.

Dematic expands solution set to include Autostore

Dematic expands solution set to include Autostore

Dematic, the global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has signed a global agreement with AutoStore.

Join the debate in our October 2017 WMS / Voice Directed Picking Special Technology Report

Join the debate in our October 2017 WMS / Voice Directed Picking Special Technology Report

The October 2017 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT will feature an in-depth special report on WMS/ Voice Directed Picking.

In the report, some of the leading spokespeople from the Voice-directed solutions & WMS research, consultancy & vendor community will offer their insights into the key operational and financial advantages of deploying Voice and Warehouse Management Systems, and to what extent these benefits have been enhanced over the past year or two through further system development.

Managing modern manufacturing supply chains

Managing modern manufacturing supply chains

By Alex Mills, Sales & Marketing Director, ProSKU.

Efficient manufacturing relies on managing the supply of components and sub-assemblies to support production schedules. It could be argued that the best manufacturers are the ones that not only have innovative products to meet market demands but who manage their supply chains the most effectively.

Picking the right solution

Picking the right solution

Essentra Components, part of FTSE 250 company Essentra plc is a global manufacturer and distributor of plastic injection moulded, vinyl dip moulded and metal items.

Warehouse Management System

 

A warehouse is a commercial building used for the storage of goods and are usually cited in industrial areas. Warehouses are used by manufacturers, logistics companies, distributors, transport, freight forwarders, importers, exporters, wholesalers, etc. Warehouses usually have loading bays and docks and serve as a distribution centre for the loading and unloading of goods from trucks. Sometimes warehouses are designed for storage and despatch of goods directly from railways, airports or seaports.

 

A warehouse management system, or WMS, is a key part of the supply chain and primarily aims to control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and then organise and process all of the associated transactions such as shipping, receiving, put-away and picking. The systems also direct and optimise stock put-away based on real-time information about the status of bin utilisation. A WMS can be used by manufacturers in their own warehousing facilities or a logistics company (3Pl /4Pl) operating contracts for a number of clients and retailers.

 

Warehouses are an integral link in the modern supply chain, ensuring that the correct product is stored efficiently ,delivered in the right quantity, in good condition, at the required time, and at minimal cost. It performs an integral role in managing goods movement and information exchange between manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

 

A good Warehouse Management System (WMS) manages all types of warehouse operations efficiently and effectively. It also enhances inventory management by increasing accuracy, improving order fulfilment and reducing order cycle time. Receiving and shipping are streamlined as well to facilitate cross-docking and expedite back-ordered products.

 

A WMS can automate picking, packing and shipping and it will minimise the number of moves per order. The WMS can improve the accuracy of every order, reduce safety stock, manage tasks and improve processes. An efficient WMS can consolidate orders to reduce transportation and shipping costs.   Data is collected within the warehouse environment by data-capture technology such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, wireless LANs and Radio-frequency identification (RFID). This information is then fed into a central WMS database to provide a real-time update on the overall inventory and specific SKU levels in the warehouse (stock keeping units). This information is then used to replenish the stock levels to ensure that there is sufficient flow of products. Once data has been collected, there is either a batch synchronization with, or a real-time wireless transmission to a central database. The database can then provide useful reports about the status of goods in the warehouse.

 

Bonded warehouses are specifically used as a secure holding or storage facility before duty is paid. Upon entry of goods into the warehouse, the importer and warehouse owner incur liability under a bond. Goods can be stored and held in a secure environment for a number of years before either being shipped on or released for distribution when the duty must then be paid.