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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Manhattan Associates signs with L’ORÉAL TO IMPLEMENT MANHATTAN Active® Warehouse Management

Manhattan Associates signs with L’ORÉAL TO IMPLEMENT MANHATTAN Active® Warehouse Management

Manhattan Associates Inc. has announced that leading beauty company, L’Oréal, has chosen to implement Manhattan Active Warehouse Management, a global, scalable and agile SaaS-based solution. The first implementation is due to launch by mid 2021, with worldwide deployment across L’Oréal’s distribution centres expected by the end of 2023.

Managing disruption in intralogistics

Managing disruption in intralogistics

The rise of e-commerce has brought about significant disruption to traditional logistics activities, demanding constant adjustment to best meet changing demand. Similar adaptability is vital in intralogistics to ensure orders are processed and fulfilled effectively. In this article, Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff UK, explains how to establish scalable, adaptable intralogistics activity from the warehouse floor up.

6 River Systems announces next wave of enhancements to Its wall-to-wall fulfilment solution at FLOW 2020

6 River Systems announces next wave of enhancements to Its wall-to-wall fulfilment solution at FLOW 2020

6 River Systems (6RS), part of Shopify Inc., the global commerce company, has announced during its second annual user conference, FLOW 2020, a series of enhancements to its wall-to-wall fulfilment solution to help senior-level warehouse operators further improve site management, gain more concrete business transparency across singular or multiple sites and accelerate their return on investment.

How BH Cosmetics took its cruelty-free vegan and inclusive products global with the help of Techcloudpro and Avectous

How BH Cosmetics took its cruelty-free vegan and inclusive products global with the help of Techcloudpro and Avectous

When the vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics company BH Cosmetics wanted to take its inclusive product line global, they knew the challenge involved in scaling to become a mass supplier globally, at a competitive price, and providing the same customer experience across geographies.

SnapFulfil encourages users to self-configure via new platform

SnapFulfil encourages users to self-configure via new platform

WMS technology solutions provider SnapFulfil is enabling its customers to ‘go configure’ with the launch of a new digital adoption platform.

Comexposium Group, the organiser of the trade show ALL4PACK, announces the postponement to 2022 of this year edition, initially scheduled in November 2020

Comexposium Group, the organiser of the trade show ALL4PACK, announces the postponement to 2022 of this year edition, initially scheduled in November 2020

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone in the ALL4PACK team has remained strongly mobilised/alert to support companies and provide them with this much-awaited springboard for economic recovery.

Creating a smart warehouse with enhanced internet connectivity

Creating a smart warehouse with enhanced internet connectivity

The European logistics industry is slowly returning to normal after months of supply chains being disrupted and overstretched with reduced workforces and higher demands, following the effects of the pandemic. With new hygiene and protocol measures in place within warehouses to increase employee safety; which in turn, might slow down procedures, now is the most critical time for companies to optimise their operations using data and technology.

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Christmas 2020 is set to break online shopping records as growth continues to accelerate due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with overall e-commerce sales expected to jump from initial predictions of 11% to 19% reaching £78.9bn (source: Edge Retail Insight).

Geek+ and Körber announce global partnership for AMR deployment

Geek+ and Körber announce global partnership for AMR deployment

Geek+, a global AMR leader, and Körber, the global supply chain technology solutions provider from software to materials handling automation, have begun a global strategic partnership. Together, the two companies have declared a joint commitment to provide businesses worldwide with Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) that can enable efficient, flexible and smart logistics solutions.

A break with tradition now inevitable in warehousing

A break with tradition now inevitable in warehousing

Bricks-and-mortar retail outlets have been decimated during lockdown and the ensuing chaos has travelled swiftly up the supply chain – especially with the many challenges of bulk-shipped goods entering a distribution network for further dispersal to individual locations.

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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