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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SnapFulfil lands another supply chain and logistics award

1 SnapFulfil lands another supply chain and logistics award

SnapFulfil has secured another distinguished supply chain and logistics award. The Top Supply Chain Projects 2024 (formerly known as SDCE 100) profiles innovative application success projects designed to automate, optimize, streamline and improve the supply chain. 

Arvato continues expansion in the Netherlands

2 Arvato continues expansion in the Netherlands

Arvato, provider of supply chain solutions, is building a new, state-of-the-art distribution centre in the Netherlands in the municipality of Echt in the province of Limburg. The new building represents a further milestone in the company's expansion strategy. 

Invar supports Tomorrow’s Warehouse 2024

3 Invar supports Tomorrow’s Warehouse 2024

Businesses looking to transform operational performance in the warehouse should not be limited in their choices. 

Arvato and Microsoft join forces to develop self-managing warehouse of the future

4 Arvato and Microsoft join forces to develop self-managing warehouse of the future

The research project ‘Moonshot’ aims to implement self-improving processes within the warehouse environment by leveraging generative artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, and cloud computing.

New diverter and sorter module can handle loads up to 250kg

5 New diverter and sorter module can handle loads up to 250kg

Itoh Denki, the international specialist in motorised drive roller (MDR) based material handling technologies, has launched an innovative new diverting and sorting module designed specifically for heavier individual loads.

Dematic now a ‘Niche Player’ in the 2024 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems

6 Dematic now a ‘Niche Player’ in the 2024 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems

Dematic has recently been named a ‘Niche Player’ in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) 2024.

UK logistics market remains ‘prime’ destination for global investment

7 UK logistics market remains ‘prime’ destination for global investment

The UK remains a ‘prime’ destination for global investment, as deal appetite returns for logistics and supply chain management businesses.

In the first quarter of 2024, 38% of deals in the sector were cross-border, highlighting the growing interest from international investors. High profile transactions included Elanders’ acquisitions of Bishopsgate Specialist Logistics, Yusen-owned ILG’s acquisition of Global Freight Solutions and Hapag Lloyds’ acquisition of ATL Haulage Contractors.

Open Logistics Foundation publishes the world's first open source compendium of logistics

8 Open Logistics Foundation publishes the world's first open source compendium of logistics

The Open Logistics Foundation is now providing what it claims to be the world's first compilation of open source projects in logistics as a market overview.

VISION 2024 - In Logistics, process automation is the key for higher throughput, error reduction and lower cost.

9 VISION 2024 - In Logistics, process automation is the key for higher throughput, error reduction and lower cost.

At VISION 2024 (8 -10 October), visitors will find the latest Machine Vision technologies and solutions for Dark Warehouses, Intra-logistics, Track & Trace, Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), and many more applications.

Reducing costs is a growing priority for almost two-thirds of organisations, Daisy study finds

10 Reducing costs is a growing priority for almost two-thirds of organisations, Daisy study finds

Almost two-thirds of UK organisations say they will focus on reducing their costs this year, according to new research from Daisy Corporate Services (Daisy).

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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