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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Booming baby business nurtures fulfilment with Peoplevox WMS

Booming baby business nurtures fulfilment with Peoplevox WMS

Founded in 2008, Hello Baby is an online retailer selling a wide range of products for the 'pregnancy to pre-school' market.

Operating out of a 7,500 square foot warehouse in St Albans, the retailer handles hundreds of orders every day. From the website there are over 3000 nursery products from over 120 leading brands.

Hachette writes a new chapter on growth with Keytree

Hachette writes a new chapter on growth with Keytree

Enterprise technology expert, Keytree, has been selected by Hachette UK to deliver an SAP-based transformational programme throughout the Hachette book distribution operations, as part of an aggressive growth strategy.

Shoe retailer takes giant steps with Peoplevox ecommerce WMS

Shoe retailer takes giant steps with Peoplevox ecommerce WMS

Based in Buxton, Derbyshire since 1890, Bells Shoes first earned a reputation for quality footwear in the 1960s.

Onward Holdings invests in new management system to help drive profits at Castleford

Onward Holdings invests in new management system to help drive profits at Castleford

Onward Holdings Ltd has made a further investment in its Castleford warehouse by installing OpenWMS, a new software package designed to deliver a wide range of benefits to help its business tenants boost efficiency and increase the profitability of their logistics operations.

TouchPath extends its 'Touch WMS' system with 'power-picking' control centre

TouchPath extends its 'Touch WMS' system with 'power-picking' control centre

International supply chain solutions provider TouchPath - www.touchpath.com - is extending its 'TouchWMS' warehouse management system with the addition of a 'power picking' Control Centre.

Shoe retailer takes giant steps with Peoplevox ecommerce WMS

Shoe retailer takes giant steps with Peoplevox ecommerce WMS

Based in Buxton, Derbyshire since 1890, Bells Shoes first earned a reputation for quality footwear in the 1960s.

While today the original Buxton store continues to serve the local community, in 2007, the shoe retailer launched into online, selling on eBay and Amazon. By 2011, however, the e-commerce operation had grown considerably which warranted a move to a nearby warehouse.

Retailer gets its skates on with Peoplevox WMS

Retailer gets its skates on with Peoplevox WMS

With two stores in the West Midlands and Northamptonshire and three warehouses, SkateHut offers over 20,000 products including skates, boards and roller shoes, bikes, scooters, clothing, accessories and much more.

WMS supports business innovation at Winterbotham Darby

WMS supports business innovation at Winterbotham Darby

Winterbotham Darby has continued to innovate and enhance its supply chain operations using the Empirica warehouse management system from Chess Logistics Technology.

Kitchenware retailer puts Peoplevox e-commerce fulfilment on the menu

Kitchenware retailer puts Peoplevox e-commerce fulfilment on the menu

Peoplevox, the e-commerce warehouse management (WMS) and fulfilment software specialist, has announced kitchenware online retailer FortheChef as its latest Client.

JDA sees swift adoption of latest Warehouse Management release

JDA sees swift adoption of latest Warehouse Management release

JDA Software Group, Inc. has announced that more than 20 customers are deploying the latest version of JDA Warehouse Management, released earlier this year.

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.