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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Are you asking the wrong question about WMS?

Are you asking the wrong question about WMS?

If you are asking why you need a cloud-based WMS you might be asking the wrong question…

Brexit uncertainty boosts sales for Synergy

Brexit uncertainty boosts sales for Synergy

Warehouse management specialist, Synergy Logistics, is benefitting from the “Brexit effect” as it posts record sales for 2018.

C-Log relies on the inconso Logistics Suite

C-Log relies on the inconso Logistics Suite

The French logistics and transport service provider C-Log, specialised in services for textiles and fashion accessories, relies on solutions from the inconso Logistics Suite: From warehouse management to the invoicing of logistic services, customers of the company can fall back on a complete solution.

Vanderlande awarded contract by E.Leclerc for STOREPICK solution at a second distribution centre

Vanderlande awarded contract by E.Leclerc for STOREPICK solution at a second distribution centre

French retail giant E.Leclerc has signed a contract with Vanderlande for the delivery of an automated case picking solution – STOREPICK – at its Scadif distribution centre (DC), located southeast of Paris.

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a BluJay Solutions white paper

Making the case for Transportation Management System….a  BluJay Solutions white paper

In a world where supply chains have become increasingly complex and global in nature, managing with spread-sheets and phone conversations with carriers are no longer viable options.

Download this white paper to see how a software as a service (SaaS), multi-tenant transportation management system puts power and efficiency into the hands of any company that wants to cut freight costs, improve visibility, and optimise activity in today’s competitive business environment.

Omnichannel profitability starts with advanced inventory insight

Omnichannel profitability starts with advanced inventory insight

By Georgia Leybourne, senior director international marketing, Manhattan Associates.

Not long ago, retailers had a clear differentiation in sales channels. Inventory located in a store was only consumed through that store. And inventory located at a warehouse was only consumed through the catalogue, phone, or perhaps online site associated with that warehouse.

IMHX raises the profile of the logistics industry among young people

IMHX raises the profile of the logistics industry among young people

As part of its ongoing commitment to raise the profile of the logistics industry among young people, IMHX 2019 (the International Materials Handling Exhibition; NEC, Birmingham; September 24-27, 2019) is offering a cash prize to the team of students that devises the most impressive way of reducing online returns in a free-to-enter competition that is open to schools and colleges across the West Midlands.

BEC secures one of its most successful years to date

BEC secures one of its most successful years to date

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd. – a leading supplier of data capture and voice solutions for the supply chain, logistics and manufacturing industries – is currently enjoying one of its most successful years so far within its 24-year history.

Daifuku awarded automated warehouse contract for UK pet food manufacturer

Daifuku awarded automated warehouse contract for UK pet food manufacturer

Daifuku has been awarded a contract to supply warehouse automation to GA Pet Food Partners’ Ingredients Kitchen, a state of the art, high grade nutrition production facility at Bretherton Lancashire.

Balancing B2B and B2C – the modern supply chain fulfilment challenge

Balancing B2B and B2C – the modern supply chain fulfilment challenge

Following Manhattan Associates’ Manhattan Exchange 2018 event in Amsterdam last week, Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke with the company’s Senior Director – Product Management, Adam Kline, about the changing supply chain landscape and how state-of-the-art software, mobile devices, automation and robotics solutions can leverage major benefits for today’s warehouses and distribution centres.

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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