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.


Market Leading Shower Company Turns Tap on Wireless-Powered Warehouse Solution

Kohler Mira, the market leader in domestic and commercial bathroom shower products, has chosen to implement a new wireless RF warehouse management solution with Catalyst International, the warehouse management software solution and SAP consulting specialists.

MACS Software Adopts Childrens Charity

MACS Software, a leading supplier of software solutions for warehousing, distribution and manufacturing has officially announced that it will be supporting the Leicester Childrens Hospital for the foreseeable future.

Orefield Cold Storage Chooses RedPrairie to Support Expanding Logistics Business

Third party logistics provider partners with RedPrairie for improved visibility, accuracy and productivity

Consafe Logistics controls fully automated sterilisation process for packaging materials

In Etten-Leur in The Netherlands, Isotron Nederland B.V. sterilises in a fully automated process and on a 24/7 hours basis, many different items for several industries and end-users. Especially for the medical and packaging industries they treat items like towels, so called blood lines, hypodermic syringes and 'bag in box'-systems.

RFID one bit at a time!

RFID  one bit at a time!

Migration from today's bar code infrastructure to a financially advantageous RFID future.



Manhattan Associates Supply Chain Execution Solutions to Fulfill Microsoft Channels Industry-Specific Needs

Manhattan Associates Supply Chain Execution Solutions to Fulfill Microsoft Channels Industry-Specific Needs Unveiled as One of Five Solutions Built for Businesses in Growing, Dynamic Industries


The UK arm of Beiersdorf, the producer of famous brands like Nivea, Atrix and Elastoplast, has gone live with a major wireless RF solution at its UK distribution centre, today announced Catalyst International, a global provider of supply chain execution solutions. The solution delivered by Catalyst utilises SAPConsole and Catalyst Internationals SAP Transactions to manage in-bound, picking, replenishment and despatch.

DHL manages Go Sports European distribution with Manhattan Associates

Leading supply chain solutions provider, Manhattan Associates, announced that DHL, has implemented their Warehouse Management solution at its two warehouses in northern France

RedPrairie Solution to Optimize Gildan Supply Chain

RedPrairie Solution to Optimize Gildan Supply Chain

RedPrairie Corporation announced recently that Gildan has implemented it's DLx Warehouse Management Solution at its new distribution facility.

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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