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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Nisa-Todays completes roll-out of AquiTec Warehouse across National Warehousing Operation

AquiTecs ability to manage pick-by-line for chilled and frozen products for multiple customers was a key factor in the decision to standardize on the companys platform across all three sites.

Epicor Delivers RFID Support

Epicor for Distribution Adds Inbound and Outbound RFID Capabilities Enabling Cost Efficiencies and Greater Access to Timely Information.

RED INC APPOINT PROLOG LOGISTICS TO HANDLE UK DISTRIBUTION

Prolog Logistics has been appointed by clothing manufacturer Red Inc to handle the warehousing and distribution of its three key clothing brands. This significant win marks Prologs recent move into the retail logistics arena and follows a period of sustained growth with significant new business wins including, Lloyd Shoe.

Musgrave chooses Accord for Variety Foods acquisition

Following its recent acquisition of specialist frozen food supplier - Variety Foods - Musgrave Foodservices is investing in an Accord - Distribution solution, from supply chain specialist Business Computer Projects Ltd (BCP), to replace the current system and to enable rapid integration of the new business within Musgrave.

OFFICIAL OPENING OF AWARD WINNING WAREHOUSE FACILITY IN LEICESTER

OFFICIAL OPENING OF AWARD WINNING WAREHOUSE FACILITY IN LEICESTER

United Kingdom Warehouse Association (UKWA) has awarded Warehouse Team of the Year to C.S. Ellis Groups Corgi facility in Leicester. Corgi is the leading name in die-cast scale models and one of Britain's best known brands.

Optimal stockback to basics

Optimal stockback to basics

In both retail and wholesale distribution, matching stock to demand is critical to profitability--maximising service levels while minimising stock investment. This is one of the areas where your IT system can deliver a fast ROI-provided it offers the right functionality and this is properly used.

Manhattan Associates Completes Acquisition of Evant

Expands Supply Chain Product Footprint to Include Demand Planning & Forecasting and Replenishment

TraffiCom in the IKEA Peterborough Customer Distribution Centre

Since the implementation of Astro WMS and the installation of TraffiCom computers IKEA Peterborough have seen an amazing improvement in both efficiency and picking quality.

COOP Vejen: From manual warehouse to advanced wireless dispatch in a weekend

A new warehouse management system provides COOPs dry-goods warehouse in Vejen real-time updating, automatic restocking of goods in the warehouse and wireless dispatch.

ANWB choose Consafe Logistics for multi-site installation

Consafe Logistics has received a new order for a multi-site SattStore WMS system from ANWB and Telstar.

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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