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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Locus Robotics passes 200 million units picked milestone for global retail and 3PL partners, breaking AMR industry records amid 2020 e-commerce boom

Locus Robotics passes 200 million units picked milestone for global retail and 3PL partners, breaking AMR industry records amid 2020 e-commerce boom

Locus Robotics, the autonomous mobile robots (AMR) solutions provider for fulfilment warehouses, has achieved a major milestone in its relatively short history with the announcement its robots have completed their 200 million units picked landmark.

Managing disruption in intralogistics

Managing disruption in intralogistics

The rise of e-commerce has brought about significant disruption to traditional logistics activities, demanding constant adjustment to best meet changing demand. Similar adaptability is vital in intralogistics to ensure orders are processed and fulfilled effectively.

Construction of new Midlands logistics operations centre will deliver local and global benefits.

Construction of new Midlands logistics operations centre will deliver local and global benefits.

As calls grow for the UK to ‘build back better’ post-pandemic, Prologis, the owner and developer of logistics parks in the UK, has confirmed that the new logistics operations centre (LOC), currently being developed for Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull, will deliver social, economic and environmental benefits, both locally and globally.

SnapFulfil encourages users to self-configure via new platform

SnapFulfil encourages users to self-configure via new platform

WMS technology solutions provider SnapFulfil is enabling its customers to ‘go configure’ with the launch of a new digital adoption platform. SnapBuddy is a fully integrated platform offering proactive, step-by-step guidance on how to perform key processes within the SnapFulfil WMS.

New Beaverswood flexi-delineators keep warehouse and logistics traffic on the safe and narrow

New Beaverswood flexi-delineators keep warehouse and logistics traffic on the safe and narrow

A new range of Visusafe flexi-delineators from visual communications specialist Beaverswood, provide improved vehicle routing and pedestrian safety for warehouse, logistics and storage handling applications.

Stora Enso to build a pilot plant for bio-based packaging foam

Stora Enso to build a pilot plant for bio-based packaging foam

Stora Enso will build a pilot facility for producing Cellufoam by Stora Enso, a lightweight, fiber-based foam material for protective packaging and cushioning.

Supply chain resilience demands flexible space strategies

Supply chain resilience demands flexible space strategies

In normal times, manufacturers and retailers would now be setting up the supply, warehousing and transport contracts to ensure the resilience of their supply and distribution chains against a series of ‘known unknowns’.

Panther Warehousing focuses on delivering ‘the ultimate customer experience’

Panther Warehousing focuses on delivering ‘the ultimate customer experience’

Panther Warehousing is bringing its business closer to digital-age customers. The company has recruited Kirsty Railton as Head of Customer Experience to oversee the ongoing development of its digital offering.

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Warehouses under extra pressure this festive season

Christmas 2020 is set to break online shopping records as growth continues to accelerate due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with overall e-commerce sales expected to jump from initial predictions of 11% to 19% reaching £78.9bn (source: Edge Retail Insight).

Sylvania launches new emergency lighting range

Sylvania launches new emergency lighting range

Whether it is the need to direct people to emergency exits, evacuate a building quickly and safely or to ensure working areas remain lit during an electrical outage, every organisation needs to be able to fully rely on its emergency lighting.

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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