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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Small is the new big via ‘micro’ warehousing, says SnapFulfil

Small is the new big via ‘micro’ warehousing, says SnapFulfil

WMS solutions provider SnapFulfil is enjoying a new type of interest as ‘micro-warehousing’ takes off for smaller e-commerce companies looking to offer the same level of delivery efficiency and flexibility as retail giants like Amazon.

Vanderlande at MODEX

Vanderlande at MODEX

At the upcoming MODEX in Atlanta, Vanderlande will present its modular platform architecture, Evolutions - the next generation of scalable solutions - to meet the challenges of today's warehouses and distribution centres.

Renovotec brings next-generation networking to warehousing & logistics

Renovotec brings next-generation networking to warehousing & logistics

Renovotec, the independent rugged hardware, software and services provider, is strengthening its partnership with Extreme Networks to roll out new, dedicated networking solutions for warehousing and distribution companies, harnessing cloud, analytics, AI and other leading edge technologies.

VisionDirect eyes up more savings from D2C model

VisionDirect eyes up more savings from D2C model

A leading European online contact lenses supplier is offering savings of up to 45% on major high street opticians, due in big part to the company’s ‘direct to consumer’ (D2C) model.

Next Generation Slotting: Intelligent warehouse organisation with inconsoSLM

Next Generation Slotting: Intelligent warehouse organisation with inconsoSLM

The use of mathematical algorithms does not stop at warehouse organisation. The logistics software specialist inconso presents a new release of inconsoSLM (Slotting Management System) designed for distributing stocks to available areas and locations in the warehouse.

Made for safer machinery and AGVs - Discover the innovative capabilities of the Laser Sentinel Enhanced from Datalogic

Made for safer machinery and AGVs - Discover the innovative capabilities of the Laser Sentinel Enhanced from Datalogic

Datalogic has completed the LASER SENTINEL family with the introduction of new ENHANCED models. The new Laser Sentinel Enhanced is a single solution for the safety of both machinery and automated vehicles.

New retail distribution centre benefits from Ecolighting LED lighting

New retail distribution centre benefits from Ecolighting LED lighting

EcolightingUK was specified for the LED lighting at a new build 495,000 sqft clothing and home distribution centre in Hatfield as part of a five-year transformation plan for a large UK retailer.

AMH Material Handling increases e-commerce throughput for Selfridges & Co at DHL facility

AMH Material Handling increases e-commerce throughput for Selfridges & Co at DHL facility

AMH Material Handling has completed a total of three projects for DHL with a combined value of £600,000 at its Hams Hall site in Birmingham.

Proseal meets Hawthorn Produce`s needs for speed and space

Proseal meets Hawthorn Produce`s needs for speed and space

A tray sealer and integrated conveyor from Proseal are providing a fruit producer with greater throughput and ample production line space for packing, allowing it to meet increased demand from its customers.

The future for workplace safety is clear thanks to Beaverswood Visusafe range

The future for workplace safety is clear thanks to Beaverswood Visusafe range

Improved levels of workplace safety and protection are provided by the new Visusafe range of barriers, column protectors, flexi delineators and speed reduction bumps fromindustrial visual communication solutions specialist, Beaverswood.

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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