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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ProReServ joins the network of warehouses as a new member

ProReServ joins the network of warehouses as a new member

Fulfilment service provider ProReServ has joined the LogCoop warehouse network as a new member with the aim of reinforcing its market presence and developing new customer potential.

New ideas for the materials handling industry

New ideas for the materials handling industry

The young Swiss startup Avancon SA has set itself the goal to revolutionise the unit handling systems in distribution and logistics centres. They offer now a new modern and very innovative conveying system.This will be distributed worldwide by manufacturers of conveyor systems and logistic system integrators. The system has been developed by Dieter Specht, the founder of the Interroll Group.

Snapfulfil to demonstrate new HTML 5 user interface and enhanced reporting capabilities at Intralogistex 2017

Snapfulfil to demonstrate new HTML 5 user interface and enhanced reporting capabilities at Intralogistex 2017

Supply chain professionals attending IntraLogisteX 2017 will see a range of enhancements to the Snapfulfil Cloud warehouse management system (WMS).Synergy Logistics - providers of the multi award-winning WMS - will be providing demonstrations of Snapfulfil's redesigned interface and advanced reporting tool during the show.

DK Fulfilment selects Snapfulfil to support strategic goals

DK Fulfilment selects Snapfulfil to support strategic goals

Fast-growing third-party fulfilment business, DK Fulfilment has selected the Snapfulfil Cloud WMS to support its ambitious growth plans.

Why sellers could leave Amazon’s cargo airline grounded

Why sellers could leave Amazon’s cargo airline grounded

By Jonathan Bellwood, Founder & CEO, Peoplevox.

As the global retailing giant strives to maintain maximum share of shoppers' wallets, Amazon is now investing 1.5bn dollars in an air cargo hub to support a fleet of "Prime Air" freight planes.

Students are top of the CLASS with Cirrus Logistics

Students are top of the CLASS with Cirrus Logistics

Cirrus Logistics is supporting the education of budding logistics professionals at South Essex College of Further and Higher Education.

Snapfulfil provides simplehuman with 'tools for efficient warehousing'

Snapfulfil provides simplehuman with 'tools for efficient warehousing'

simplehuman – the multi-award winning designer and manufacturer of 'tools for efficient living' – has gone live with the Snapfulfil Cloud WMS.

We’re only human

We’re only human

Picking the appropriate WMS system can ease the burden on retailers' hard pressed warehouse personnel, writes Jonathan Bellwood, CEO, Peoplevox.

Optimising goods-in efficiencies

Optimising goods-in efficiencies

For manufacturers, an effective goods-in regime – i.e. taking delivery of components and raw materials for production/sub-assembly and booking them in quickly and accurately – is key to production and storage good practice. However, for many companies this ideal remains a goal rather than a reality.

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics comes to the UK

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics comes to the UK

NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is a specialist deep frozen warehousing and distribution global player whose world-class systems, energy efficiency and productivity make it stand out from other conventional cold storage 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.