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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Vax finds the Snapfulfil cloud WMS meets all of their omni-channel needs

Vax finds the Snapfulfil cloud WMS meets all of their omni-channel needs

Prior to implementing Snapfulfil, all of Vax's inventory control was carried out via their Microsoft ERP system using paper-based processes.

CEVA opens multi-user distribution facility at iPort

CEVA opens multi-user distribution facility at iPort

CEVA Logistics has officially opened a state of the art shared-user warehouse at the new iPort intermodal logistics park on the outskirts of Doncaster in the UK.

Increased output in the new logistics centre of DocMorris

Increased output in the new logistics centre of DocMorris

The new logistics centre of DocMorris, the large European mail-order pharmacy, has recorded a great optimisation of warehouse operations.

Vanderlande to showcase Smart Item Robotics at ProMat 2017

Vanderlande to showcase Smart Item Robotics at ProMat 2017

Vanderlande will showcase its Smart Item Robotics (SIR) technology for the e-commerce market during ProMat 2017.

ISD Solutions exports single envelope know-how for NewCold frozen distribution centre in Melbourne

ISD Solutions exports single envelope know-how for NewCold frozen distribution centre in Melbourne

ISD Solutions has won an A$12million (nearly £7.5 million) order from Dutch cold chain logistics specialist NewCold, to build the company's latest super-efficient freezer storage and distribution facility near Melbourne, Australia.

Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan to create world’s leading provider of AGV technology

Dematic announces Egemin Automation integration plan to create world’s leading provider of AGV technology

Following the acquisition by the KION Group, Dematic, supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the plans for integrating Egemin Automation into its organisation.

Onward makes space for logistics operations at Multimodal

Onward makes space for logistics operations at Multimodal

Looking for a storage and/or a distribution hub in the north of England? Well look no further than Onward Holdings Ltd's stand 8101 at this year's Multimodal show in April, where it will be promoting different warehouse options suitable for freight forwarding.

Vanderlande to showcase Smart Item Robotics at LogiMAT 2017

Vanderlande to showcase Smart Item Robotics at LogiMAT 2017

Vanderlande will showcase its Smart Item Robotics (SIR) technology for the e-commerce warehousing market at LogiMAT 2017. SIR technology focuses on the robotised handling of single items in applications such as order picking and infeed loading.

Onward Holdings supplies solutions for 'shortage of space' age

Onward Holdings supplies solutions for 'shortage of space' age

Onward Holdings Ltd is doing its bit to alleviate the shortage of warehouse capacity, which could hamper the Government's vision of a Northern Powerhouse, by offering for lease a refurbished dedicated unit in the heart of Yorkshire.

Temporary building provides breathing space for non-food catering supplier in Ireland

Temporary building provides breathing space for non-food catering supplier in Ireland

A multinational FTSE 100 distributor of non-food consumables and equipment turned to temporary building specialist, Spaciotempo, to provide a welcome breathing space whilst the firm builds a 70,000 square feet permanent building inclusive of 30,000 square feet of office space.

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.