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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Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

Report reveals UK warehousing industries ready to adopt robotics

A recent report looking at the state of automation in UK warehousing published by OW Robotics, supplier of flexible automated warehouse solutions, has identified Retail and 3PL as the two sectors that could see strong potential gains from the robot revolution - in both the short and long-term.

Dakota interview with Amtico: Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager

Dakota interview with Amtico: Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager

Dakota Integrated Solutions spoke with Ruthlyn Dawkins, Purchasing Manager at Amtico, to find out how Dakota has worked with her and her Team as Amtico’s incumbent label and printing consumables supplier.

Warehousing driving force in economic recovery, says Midland Pallet Trucks

Warehousing driving force in economic recovery, says Midland Pallet Trucks

Midland Pallet Trucks, a provider of high-quality material handling equipment including pallet trucks, manual stacker trucks and lift tables, has pinpointed the warehousing industry as the driving force for economic recovery in the UK.

How to Overcome the Challenges of Launching a Warehouse Management System Remotely

How to Overcome the Challenges of Launching a Warehouse Management System Remotely

Launching a new warehouse management system (WMS) presents enough challenges as it is, and yet there’s a new wrinkle. With the pandemic, companies must now rely on their implementation partner to run the entire process remotely.

Attend our webinar on 25th February 2021 to hear about how we worked with our client to overcome the challenges of a 100% remote WMS customization, implementation, and launch.

Looking forward to an innovative new retail year

Looking forward to an innovative new retail year

Edward Hutchison, Managing Director of BITO Storage Systems, applauds the UK Retail Sector for meeting 2020’s challenges and looks forward to supporting it through innovative intralogistics installations in 2021.

Retailers innovate to survive – but never more so than now, as the sector was challenged by the Covid-19 pandemic throughout 2020 and into 2021.

Noblelift lithium-iron LFP Q Series electric forklift

Noblelift lithium-iron LFP Q Series electric forklift

The newest introduction of Noblelift lithium-iron LiFePO4/LFP electric Q Series forklift is designed for energy proficiency while keeping productivity at its highest peak of performance to answer the call for high-density, high throughput warehouses.......

EDEKA relies on automation solution from Cimcorp

EDEKA relies on automation solution from Cimcorp

Edeka Rhein-Ruhr is equipping its new distribution center, located in Oberhausen-Waldteich, with modern food storage logistics from Cimcorp. Being part of Germany’s largest supermarket chain, Edeka's regional Rhein-Ruhr business is investing in the largest construction project in the company’s history.

Jungheinrich's automated solution for the BLG Logistics Group

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The BLG Logistics Group is investing in an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) system from Jungheinrich at its Bremen site. Two ERC 213a automated trucks will take over the supply and disposal of materials for a coating line in the Bremen logistics centre.....

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

As pressure grows on warehousing, fine tuning motion control will be key to deliver

In the wake of COVID-19, an increasing number of logistics professionals are considering new automation technologies in warehouses to improve efficiency and respond to market demands. However, improving control of existing systems is just as important. Stephen Hayes, managing director of industrial automation specialist Beckhoff UK, looks at technologies, old and new, that are driving warehouse efficiency.

Warehouse manager role has gone up a Level…

Warehouse manager role has gone up a Level…

A fulfilment technology specialist is advocating warehouse management as an increasingly pivotal role in any company hierarchy and supply chain - as well as a higher level career path - because of the extraordinary logistical challenges we all now work in.

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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