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.


Nisa-Todays Implements AquiTec Warehouse Management System at New Distribution Centre in Harlow

UKs Largest Retailing Organisation For Independent Retailers To Standardise on AquiTec Across National Warehousing Operation.

Swisslog targets the small & medium sized business market with a new software product for warehousing and distribution

Swisslog, a global provider of integrated logistics solutions, has launched a new software product called WarehouseExpert.


Supplier of roofing material will use software to improve availability of stock information across multi-warehouses.

ICA choose Consafe Logistics for their new distribution center in Sweden

Consafe Logistics has together with Daifuku Europe, signed a Letter of Intent regarding a large automated distribution center for ICA Sverige AB. The distributions center will be located in Helsingborg, Sweden. The project has started and the DC will come into operation in the end of 2006.

AMAG commissions Swisslog with warehouse extension

General contractor project amounting to approximately CHF 35 million.


This combined offering integrates RedPrairie's Warehouse Management System (WMS) along with Printronix' EPC-compatible printers to facilitate an end-to-end RFID solution.


Advanced new features and functional improvements to enhance support for processes including real-time tasking, despatch load management and processing are delivered by the latest version of the popular Empirica Warehouse Management System from Chess Logistics Technology.

Manhattan Associates Appoints Steve Norton as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Manhattan Associates Appoints Steve Norton as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

New Research Report on 3PL WMS Software Providers

Selecting new software for a 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) is definitely a task that should rank 10 out of 10 for difficulty. "Who In 3PL WMS Software" makes the search much easier!

JYSK Chooses SattStore as WMS platform

SattStore will be implemented in Sweden, Denmark and Poland, and encompass all warehouse activities.

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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