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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LiBiao’s sortation robots keep Japanese cosmetics retailer looking good

LiBiao’s sortation robots keep Japanese cosmetics retailer looking good

The introduction of a new sortation system with LiBiao’s autonomous mobile robots at its heart has delivered instant cost and operational efficiency gains at Japanese cosmetics retailer Orbis’s Tokyo online order fulfilment centre.

Atomic Austria relies on automation from Jungheinrich

Atomic Austria relies on automation from Jungheinrich

Atomic Austria, the ski equipment manufacturer and global corporation that is part of the Finnish Amer-Sports Group, has expanded its distribution warehouse in Altenmarkt, Austria, with Jungheinrich, by adding an automated high-bay warehouse for cartons, investing €20 million in the project.

Renovotec launches seasonal campaign with mobile device rental and purchase discounts

Renovotec launches seasonal campaign with mobile device rental and purchase discounts

Renovotec, the UK-based rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies is launching a seasonal November 2020 to end February 2021 campaign featuring rental and purchase discounts on leading handheld and vehicle-mounted mobile warehouse devices, as well as a special offer on Renovotec’s remote network monitoring service.

Time to send in the robots

Time to send in the robots

New use cases for robotics are being identified almost daily. The rapid growth of ecommerce, fuelled in part by necessity from Covid-19 lockdowns, has meant that for many organisations, the requirements for staff and goods is growing at a rate too fast to meet demand – the need for automation is now greater than ever.

Ivanti Wavelink enhances printer management capabilities for the supply chain

Ivanti Wavelink enhances printer management capabilities for the supply chain

Ivanti Wavelink, the supply chain business unit of Ivanti, has announced Ivanti Wavelink Avalanche now offers several new management and discovery capabilities for Zebra’s ruggedised thermal and barcode printers for the supply chain.

Renovotec introduces high speed temperature screening system for the COVID-19 environment

Renovotec introduces high speed temperature screening system for the COVID-19 environment

Renovotec, the rugged hardware, software and services provider for supply chain companies, is introducing a new high speed, accurate, data-secure and non-contact temperature screening system for at-entrance use in distribution centres and factories, stadia, airports and larger offices.

Inside instantprint’s State-of-the-Art Green Warehouse

Inside instantprint’s State-of-the-Art Green Warehouse

By Ed Smith, freelance writer

2020 has been a pretty rough ride, economically speaking. But some businesses have managed to thrive. Take Rotherham-based printing company, instantprint, which has expanded its manufacturing facility, almost doubling the size of its production premises (from 86,900sqft to 145,000sqft).

Arvato takes new warehouse automation into use

Arvato takes new warehouse automation into use

Arvato Supply Chain Solutions, part of Bertelsmann, has now expanded its intralogistics in the Netherlands, together with Inther Group, in addition to Germany. In the hypermodern logistics campus of approximately 165,000 m2 in Heijen (NL), orders are now collected and processed even more efficiently thanks to the application of state-of-the-art solutions.

REPL to expand customer deployments for Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher WMS

REPL to expand customer deployments for Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher WMS

Global retail IT consultancy and technology firm, REPL Group, plans to expand its ability to provide customer deployments for Blue Yonder Dispatcher WMS through increased professional services capabilities, as Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher professional services team joins the business.

It’s time to take a robotic approach to sortation

It’s time to take a robotic approach to sortation

Europe’s online retailers and their logistics partners cannot afford to overlook the significant operational benefits that autonomous mobile robot-based sortation solutions deliver, says Xia Huiling, founder and CEO of LiBiao Robot.

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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