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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ECOMAL increases the use of Picavi smart glasses at its central warehouse

ECOMAL increases the use of Picavi smart glasses at its central warehouse

The electronics wholesaler, ECOMAL Europe GmbH, will be using more Picavi smart glasses at its European central warehouse from the third quarter of 2018 onwards.

Raising a toast to greater IT efficiency

Raising a toast to greater IT efficiency

Manufacturing & Logistics IT takes a look at Loch Lomond Group's IT estate and the business and operational benefits these systems bring to the company.

Loch Lomond Group is a company behind some of Scotland's most highly regarded artisan whisky brands. Founded in 1814, Loch Lomond Whiskies can trace its roots back to the Littlemill distillery, which was established in 1772 and is thought to be one of the oldest in the world

Manhattan Associates redefines warehouse management for a connected commerce world

Manhattan Associates redefines warehouse management for a connected commerce world

Manhattan Associates Inc. has announced significant improvements to its Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) to help retailers, distributors and logistics companies remaster the art of fulfilment by improving order flexibility, maximising asset utilisation and expanding mobile workflows.

Moving With the Times: How Two Way Radio has Adapted to Modern Warehousing Operations

Moving With the Times: How Two Way Radio has Adapted to Modern Warehousing Operations

Two way radio and the logistics industry share a long history. Practical, robust and reliable, two way radio was the first wireless communications technology that allowed teams to stay in touch across large warehouse and processing facilities, helping to improve overall coordination and efficiency.

UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses warned about a ticking data time bomb - in the warehouse

UK businesses are being warned there could be as many as 30 million out of date boxes in warehouses around the country – acting as at ticking data time bomb.

Indigo appoints new Group CEO and expands leadership team

Indigo appoints new Group CEO and expands leadership team

Indigo Software has announced that former COO, Darren Baxter, has been appointed as the company's new Group CEO, to lead a newly expanded executive team following the recent appointment of Tony Sweeney as Non-Executive Chairman.

Diamond Logistics and pi-top: growing together

Diamond Logistics and pi-top: growing together

With the explosion of e-commerce, demand for warehouse space has soared and the boom shows no sign of slowing down. In 2016, logistics take-up hit record levels with 29.3 million sq ft. of space acquired and a record £2.7 billion invested into single-asset logistics units, according to CBRE.

TGW's Rovolution robot picker marks new era in materials handling automation

TGW's Rovolution robot picker marks new era in materials handling automation

Automated materials handling solutions specialist TGW Logistics has developed a system for fully automatic split case picking, using robots with its goods-to-person smart piece picking solution FlashPick.

Toolbank goes live with TranSend ePOD and integrated Route Planning to optimise delivery process and provide a pro-active customer service

Toolbank goes live with TranSend ePOD and integrated Route Planning to optimise delivery process and provide a pro-active customer service

Toolbank, the UK and Ireland distributor of hand and power tools, has deployed TranSend ePOD and integrated Route Planning to manage their delivery operation across thirteen distribution warehouses.

VADO sources TouchPath warehouse management system to support growth

VADO sources TouchPath warehouse management system to support growth

International supply chain solutions provider TouchPath is to implement its 'TouchWMS' warehouse management system for bathroom fittings company VADO, which exports to 60 countries and is a member of the publicly listed, £271.2 million turnover*, 1,700-employee Norcros PLC group of companies.

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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