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.
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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Nov 21, 2018 Comments (0)
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.
Nov 07, 2018 Comments (0)
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.
Oct 31, 2018 Comments (0)
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.
Oct 31, 2018 Comments (0)
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.
Oct 18, 2018 Comments (0)
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.
Oct 02, 2018 Comments (0)
Honeywell has signed an agreement to acquire privately held, warehouse automation business Transnorm for approximately €425 million from IK Investment Partners.
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The contract logistics company Fiege is setting new standards in the field of pick-by-vision: The company, which already uses the Picavi solution, has now ordered 40 more pairs of smart glasses for its site in Worms.
Sep 19, 2018 Comments (0)
Johnston Logistics UK has selected Snapfulfil warehouse management system (WMS) to help deliver its next stage of growth. The warehousing, logistics and fulfilment specialist handles over 400,000 pallets every year.
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.