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.


Swisslog builds new logistics centre for Maag Technic

Swisslog will plan and implement the merging of several warehouses into a single central logistics centre, to be located in Dbendorf near Zurich for the Swiss industrial components company Maag Technic AG.

Improve driver management - interface with your WMS

Improve driver management - interface with your WMS

A new touch screen driver booking system developed by Chess Logistics Technology to interface with its warehouse management system (WMS) has saved money, eliminated paperwork, reduced the number of vehicle movements and enhanced health and safety at the cold store operated by Exel in Melton Mowbray.

Grand Marnier distils G.O.L.D. Stock for traceability and warehouse optimisation

Due to the new legislation in the USA on bio-terrorism, Grand Marnier has to locate and trace its entire production and distribution supply chain, from raw materials through to finished goods.

Swisslog sells German subsidiary Transnorm divestment program completed

Logistics specialist Swisslog has successfully concluded the sales negotiations for its subsidiary Transnorm System GmbH.

Unilever Bestfoods Go Live with Locator Expert

Unilever Bestfoods Go Live with Locator Expert

Synergys Award Winning Locator Expert Warehouse Management System has gone live at Unilever Bestfoods West Thurrock site.


DCS Central Distribution services has selected the Locator Expert Warehouse Management System, from Synergy Logistics to fulfil and exceed the business drives that has created one of Britains fastest growing companies.

TNT Fashion Group Fulfils Oililys Worldwide Distribution Requirements using Manhattan Associates Warehouse Management System

TNT Fashion Group Fulfils Oililys Worldwide Distribution Requirements using Manhattan Associates Warehouse Management System

Fashion logistics specialist and supply chain technology leader combine to optimise global order fulfilment.

FREE Warehouse Management System Workshop - including RF-ID and Voice Picking

To be held a week on Wednesday, 14 July, at Aston Science Park in Birmingham, UK, starting at 10.30 am, finishing with lunch at 1.00 pm.

Want to get the benefits of Voice Picking without replacing your existing WMS? Read on!

Want to get the benefits of Voice Picking without replacing your existing WMS? Read on!

Many people are probably in the dark as to how simple it is to implement this voice technology into an existing warehouse management system (WMS).

FXMS Logistics Scores for Rugby Football Union with Manhattan Associates Warehouse Management for Windows Application

Solution Cuts Order Processing Time by 80% and Helps FXMS Logistics to Meet Surge in Demand for RFU Merchandise.

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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