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.

RSS

DOPACO EXPECTS 25% PRODUCTIVITY GAINS AT ITS MANUFACTURING/ DISTRIBUTION CENTRES AS A RESULT OF CATALYSTS IMPLEMENTATION OF SAP WM AND SAPCONSOLE

Global packaging company credits Catalysts custom RF transaction library, functional expertise and go-live support for fast, smooth SAP WM integration

INTERNACIONALE-AU NATURALE USES TALKMAN VOICE TECHNOLOGY TO DRIVE WAREHOUSE EFFICIENCY

INTERNACIONALE-AU NATURALE USES TALKMAN VOICE TECHNOLOGY TO DRIVE WAREHOUSE EFFICIENCY

Picking Accuracy improved by 10 per cent and efficiency up 15 per cent.

WINCANTON SELECTS SERENA TO PROVIDE POWERFUL APPLICATION LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION

Serena Helps European Supply Chain Solutions Company to Minimise Complexity; Improve Control and Visibility Throughout Lifecycle.

Giving a voice to the FMCG warehouse

Giving a voice to the FMCG warehouse

In an industry where the driving force is the immediate availability of goods, its not surprising that the FMCG market requires increasing emphasis on effective distribution.

Space NK sees the beauty in new systems from K3 Landsteinar

K3 Landsteinar, a subsidiary of K3 Business Technology Group Plc, one of Microsofts largest solution providers for the Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing sectors, is to provide a retail management system to Space NK, a 37 store beauty and lifestyle chain.

AGILITY STRIKES DEAL WITH MORPHY RICHARDS

Agilitys iLink middleware solution will provide the giant electrical manufacturer with advanced warehouse management, transaction dual cycling, accurate identification and location of stock, and efficient picking processes underpinned by Agility pallet tracking systems.

Kelgray Launches Complete Warehouse Management Solution

Kelgray Launches Complete Warehouse Management Solution

Kelgray, a leading data capture solutions provider, has become a Global Partner for Radio Beacon Inc., a provider of modular warehouse management solutions (WMS).

DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH STOCK TRACEABILITY

THEN CERT HAS THE SOLUTION

Arla Foods Invest in Voice Picking from Consafe Logistics

Consafe Logistics and Arla foods have signed a contract for a voice picking system for diary products and fresh foods at Arlas Distribution terminals. The first system, currently being implemented at the Hobro terminal in Denmark, will put 75 voice terminals into service this summer. Arla is the first company using the pick-by voice technology in Denmark.

Zethcon Corporation and Blue Sky Logistics Form Product Partnership

Zethcon Corporation and Austin, Texas-based Blue Sky Logistics today announced a product partnership whereby Zethcon, a leading provider of advanced warehouse management and logistics technology, will fully integrate and market Blue Sky's Insight product as part of it's own suite of supply-chain technology offerings.

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.

Editorial: +44 (0)1892 536363
Publisher: +44 (0)208 440 0372
Subscribe FREE to the weekly E-newsletter