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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Imperial Logistics to operate new Volkswagen Group packaging centre

Imperial Logistics to operate new Volkswagen Group packaging centre

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Rebecca Hambleton, Operations Manager at BT Supply Chain, has won the Rising Star Award at the CILT (Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport) Awards after overseeing an ingenious project to redevelop the picking facility at the company’s national distribution centre in Magna Park.

Brexit could see demand soar for warehousing, predicts Lambert Smith Hampton

Brexit could see demand soar for warehousing, predicts Lambert Smith Hampton

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Siemens improves service with new future proof warehouse

Siemens improves service with new future proof warehouse

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Honeywell announces acquisition of Transnorm, provider of warehouse automation solutions

Honeywell announces acquisition of Transnorm, provider of warehouse automation solutions

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Midlands-based allpack has also used the six-figure investment to commemorate four of the industry's best-known pioneers, by naming the refurbished areas in their honour.

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Honeywell's ultra-rugged, mobile computers for distribution centres now feature terminal emulation software to help workers perform their tasks more efficiently via user-friendly and intuitive device interfaces.

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Vanderlande brings item picking cobot technology to life

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Agility starts construction of 29 hectare Warehouse Park in Maputo, Mozambique

Agility starts construction of 29 hectare Warehouse Park in Maputo, Mozambique

Agility today laid the foundation stone for an Agility Warehouse Park on a 29 hectares site on the Maputo Ring Road in Marracuene, Mozambique, in the presence of His Excellency Raimundo Maico Diomba, Governor of Maputo Province.

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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