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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AI and machine learning in the warehouse

AI and machine learning in the warehouse

Following Manhattan Associates’ recent EMEA Exchange conference in Barcelona, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s UK managing director, Craig Summers, about the current state of play within omnichannel retail and how it is now more important than ever for retailers and warehouse professionals to be able to serve both brick and mortar and direct-to-customer delivery models equally efficiently.

Revved up by 50% picking efficiency improvements

Revved up by 50% picking efficiency improvements

A leading US online auto parts supplier and distributor is optimising inventory, space and resources within its fulfilment centre, via a best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS).

Retail optimisation in the age of omnichannel

Retail optimisation in the age of omnichannel

Following Manhattan Associates’ recent EMEA Exchange Conference in Barcelona, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s UK managing director, Craig Summers, about the current state of play within omnichannel retail and how it is now more important than ever for retailers and warehouse professionals to be able to serve both brick and mortar and direct-to-customer delivery models equally efficiently.

Technology that is changing the warehousing industry

Technology that is changing the warehousing industry

Every day, technology becomes more and more crucial in every aspect of how we do business. But perhaps one of the places where emerging technologies are the most prominent is in warehousing and logistics.

Boxing clever - WMS/Voice Picking Technology report

Boxing clever - WMS/Voice Picking Technology report

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of experts from the vendor and analyst communities about current and possible future trends and areas of development within the world of warehouse management systems and voice-directed picking solutions – including those related to automation, augmented reality and the digitisation of warehouse processes.

Part 1: Warehouse Management Systems Technology Report.

October 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

October 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT

The October 2019 edition of Manufacturing & Logistics IT features a Special Technology Report on Warehouse Management Systems/Voice-Directed Picking.

Contributors include Gartner, Frost & Sullivan, Panorama Consulting, Aberdeen Group, VDC Research, Capgemini, Jungheinrich, Indigo Software, Voxware, Honeywell Voice Solutions, Zetes, AccuSpeechMobile, Renovotec, Ehrhardt + Partner Solutions, Voice Beyond.

Automation – future-proofing your business with a WMS

Automation – future-proofing your business with a WMS

Over the next two years, 66% of organisations expect supply chains to become increasingly complex, not least in response to growing consumer concerns, according to Automation in Intralogistics research undertaken by Sapio Research, on behalf of Jungheinrich UK.

Dematic powers the future of commerce at Logistik & Transport 2019

Dematic powers the future of commerce at Logistik & Transport 2019

Dematic – the supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain – will be powering the future of commerce at Logistik & Transport 2019, the Nordic region’s foremost exhibition and conference for logistics, 5 – 6th November 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden (Stand A03:63).

Indigo enhances C-Suite with 3 key appointments

Indigo enhances C-Suite with 3 key appointments

Indigo Software has enhanced its executive management team with a series of appointments at C-X level.

SnapFulfil gives Vax a tidy profit in D2C sector

SnapFulfil gives Vax a tidy profit in D2C sector

Global floorcare company Vax is enjoying huge growth in its ‘direct to consumer’ ecommerce channel, because of very low overheads and bigger margins.

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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