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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Jungheinrich acquires stake in robotics start-up Magazino

Jungheinrich acquires stake in robotics start-up Magazino

Jungheinrich Group has acquired a stake in the Munich-based robotics start-up Magazino. At the same time as signing the corresponding contracts, Jungheinrich and Magazino agreed on a broad strategic collaboration and intend to combine their skill sets in the field of mobile automation.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

Hoppecke helps Sheffield-based haulier switch forklifts to electric

Hoppecke helps Sheffield-based haulier switch forklifts to electric

DBL Logistics made a decision to improve business performance whilst enhancing its green credentials by converting part of its forklift fleet from IC engine LPG to electric. 

Safety first in the warehouse: A step in the right direction

Safety first in the warehouse: A step in the right direction

The pandemic has transformed the way businesses approach the supply chain and will do so for the foreseeable future, continuing to impact on health and safety in warehouses, distribution centres and logistics hubs, says Jim Roberts, product manager at Beaverswood.

Manhattan Associates signs with L’ORÉAL TO IMPLEMENT MANHATTAN Active® Warehouse Management

Manhattan Associates signs with L’ORÉAL TO IMPLEMENT MANHATTAN Active® Warehouse Management

Manhattan Associates Inc. has announced that leading beauty company, L’Oréal, has chosen to implement Manhattan Active Warehouse Management, a global, scalable and agile SaaS-based solution.

New distribution depot in Winwick opens creating over 550 seasonal jobs

New distribution depot in Winwick opens creating over 550 seasonal jobs

This week sees the opening of a new distribution depot by Hermes UK, the consumer delivery specialists, in Mill Lane, Warrington (at the ex-Royal Mail North West Distribution Centre).

Doosan launches LIN-Q Smart Telematics

Doosan launches LIN-Q Smart Telematics

Doosan, the manufacturer of robust high-performance forklift trucks, has launched the LIN-Q Smart Telematics System, an advanced Cloud based solution that remotely monitors a forklift truck fleet in real-time and sends information straight to a mobile phone, tablet or PC. 

Crown Warehouse Solutions – the new comprehensive material handling solution from dock door to warehouse floor

Crown Warehouse Solutions – the new comprehensive material handling solution from dock door to warehouse floor

Crown, one of the world’s largest material-handling companies, has expanded its product offering to provide customers with an extensive range of warehouse solutions, helping them improve throughput, enhance efficiency and reduce costs.

Locus Robotics passes 200 million units picked milestone for global retail and 3PL partners, breaking AMR industry records amid 2020 e-commerce boom

Locus Robotics passes 200 million units picked milestone for global retail and 3PL partners, breaking AMR industry records amid 2020 e-commerce boom

Locus Robotics, the autonomous mobile robots (AMR) solutions provider for fulfilment warehouses, has achieved a major milestone in its relatively short history with the announcement its robots have completed their 200 million units picked landmark.

Managing disruption in intralogistics

Managing disruption in intralogistics

The rise of e-commerce has brought about significant disruption to traditional logistics activities, demanding constant adjustment to best meet changing demand. Similar adaptability is vital in intralogistics to ensure orders are processed and fulfilled effectively.

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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