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 invests £2million in new personnel to meet demand

SnapFulfil invests £2million in new personnel to meet demand

Demand for SnapFulfil’s functionally rich cloud-based WMS has seen the technology innovator invest £2 million in building its team to support growth.

Geek+ launches highest logistic robot to enable customers to maximise the use of their warehouses

Geek+ launches highest logistic robot to enable customers to maximise the use of their warehouses

Geek+, a global AMR leader, has launched RoboShuttle RS8-DA, an 8-meter high flexible arm robot. Claimed to be the highest in the industry, the new robot is claimed to enable customers to maximise the use of their warehouses.

Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world

Time’s up – new research reveals almost three quarters of businesses don’t have the skills to succeed in a post pandemic world

A new study into the concerns business leaders in the UK currently hold in relation to a post-pandemic world, has highlighted that a staggering 73% of businesses don’t believe they have the skills needed to succeed.

Hines confirms development of a cutting-edge logistics park in Verona

Hines confirms development of a cutting-edge logistics park in Verona

Hines, the international real estate firm, has finalised a major investment in a new state of the art logistics project in Verona, Italy as part of a joint venture with a major international private equity player.

New appointments signal a breath of fresh air

New appointments signal a breath of fresh air

Following a record quarter for the business, smart warehouse technology provider, Breathe Technologies, has strengthened its team with the appointment of a new Head of Operations. 

Oxford Properties accelerates global logistics strategy with €360 million acquisition of Danish and French portfolios

Oxford Properties accelerates global logistics strategy with €360 million acquisition of Danish and French portfolios

Oxford Properties Group (‘Oxford’), the global real estate investor, asset manager and business builder, has acquired two portfolios containing a combined 57 urban logistics and light-industrial assets from funds managed by M7 Real Estate for €360 million.

Onward Holdings expects busy time at Multimodal

Onward Holdings expects busy time at Multimodal

UK logistics exhibition Multimodal is back at the NEC Birmingham this year on October 19-21 and Onward Holdings Ltd will be exhibiting on stand 5089 waving the flag for Yorkshire for those businesses seeking a storage and distribution foothold in the north of England.

Warehousing and fulfilment – it’s increasingly a people thing

Warehousing and fulfilment – it’s increasingly a people thing

Worker quality and numbers is fast becoming one of the trickiest aspects of finding and properly utilising people in the DC, says Smitha Raphael, Chief Product & Delivery Officer for WMS technology innovator SnapFulfil.

Warehousing industry is ‘ready’ but deliveries aren’t coming say UK-based material handling experts

Warehousing industry is ‘ready’ but deliveries aren’t coming say UK-based material handling experts

The warehousing industry is ready for incoming deliveries from abroad, but nothing is coming due to post-Brexit customs delays, says Midland Bearings, an equipment supplier to the UK warehousing and logistics sector.

Port of Tyne hits new green milestone with Net Zero warehouse

Port of Tyne hits new green milestone with Net Zero warehouse

The Port of Tyne now operates a Net Zero Port Centric Warehouse, run entirely using clean energy from renewable sources.

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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