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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Animal 'rips' omnichannel retailing with Indigo WMS

Animal 'rips' omnichannel retailing with Indigo WMS

Founded by two surfers in 1987, board sportswear brand Animal is now a £26m fashion brand. The company has evolved to become an omnichannel business with three streams – wholesale, retail and ecommerce.

Snapfulfil powers warehouse operations for Suzuki GB

Snapfulfil powers warehouse operations for Suzuki GB

Suzuki GB PLC has successfully implemented the Snapfulfil Cloud WMS to support the efficient warehousing and distribution of motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and marine engines.

Production-synchronous Logistics Processes: Walter Schmitt implements Warehouse Management System by inconso

Production-synchronous Logistics Processes: Walter Schmitt implements Warehouse Management System by inconso

At the sites Bietigheim, Durmersheim, Germersheim and Mannheim, Walter Schmitt GmbH has recently been using an industry-specific warehouse management solution of the logistics software specialist inconso for industry-specific motor, transmission and axle deliveries.

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report - October 2017

Moving with the times - WMS/Voice Picking Special Technology report - October 2017

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments within the Warehouse Management System and Voice-directed picking space – including those concerning SaaS/Cloud and Big Data.

The warehouse space race to reach new customers

The warehouse space race to reach new customers

The hunt for extra warehousing space in the run-up to the year's busiest retail events has started with an increasing number of retailers looking for extra space for inventory to fulfil their customer orders.

Geodis experiments connected glasses in its warehouse in Cologne

Geodis experiments connected glasses in its warehouse in Cologne

Geodis is implementing augmented reality solutions for its logistics operations in its warehouse in Cologne. The implemented solution, based on the Picavi's "Pick-By-Vision" technology, aims at easing order preparation processes for the warehouse's employees.

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.

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.

 

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