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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Synergy Logistics' Snapfulfil WMS positioned in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems 2016

Synergy Logistics' Snapfulfil WMS positioned in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems 2016

Synergy Logistics has once again been positioned in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems* for its Snapfulfil platform, recognising its completeness of vision and ability to execute.

Dematic appoints Matt Hatson as Business Solutions Sales Director

Dematic appoints Matt Hatson as Business Solutions Sales Director

Dematic, the automated intralogistics solutions company, has appointed Matt Hatson as Business Solutions Sales Director for the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia.

Renovotec upgrades rugged hardware for Europe's largest bonded warehouse

Renovotec upgrades rugged hardware for Europe's largest bonded warehouse

Renovotec has replaced the entire complement of rugged hardware in Accolade Wines' 650,000 square feet, 85,000-pallet capacity operation with 55 Honeywell Thor VM1 truck-mounted and 30 Honeywell Tecton handheld mobile computers.

Vanderlande to showcase wide range of innovations at LogiMAT 2016

Vanderlande to showcase wide range of innovations at LogiMAT 2016

Vanderlande's exhibits at LogiMAT 2016 will focus on warehouse automation in the food, parts and components, fashion, and e-commerce markets.

Snapfulfil unveils new look and software editions

Snapfulfil unveils new look and software editions

In line with its continued success and evolution as a business, warehouse management system provider, Synergy Logistics, has launched a brand new website and corporate identity for its multi award-winning Snapfulfil WMS.

Thoughts on how to help members of staff accept a new WMS

Thoughts on how to help members of staff accept a new WMS

Installing a new Warehouse Management System represents a significant investment in both money and time, so it can be frustrating when some members of the workforce reject change before it is even introduced.

Customs warehouse operators must crack new code

Customs warehouse operators must crack new code

The latest raft of EU customs legislation to impact on the third party logistics sector will start to come in to effect from May of this year.

WMS to support growing businesses

WMS to support growing businesses

By Alex Mills, Sales & Marketing Director, Chess Logistics Technology.

Most businesses selling items in a shop or online need some form of stock control. When it is a single outlet and the range of products on offer and number of customers buying them is small it is entirely possible to manage this process with little more than a good memory and some simple paper-based processes.

Scania Parts Logistics expands its use of RFID

Scania Parts Logistics expands its use of RFID

Currently, approximately 26,000 ordered items leave the Global Parts Distribution Center of Scania Parts Logistics in Opglabbeek, Belgium every day. To satisfy the ever-increasing orders from customers worldwide, the site has recently been significantly expanded.

BEC launches new eSmart Voice WMS for complete door-to-door Voice solutions

BEC launches new eSmart Voice WMS for complete door-to-door Voice solutions

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd., the UK-based supplier of data capture solutions for supply chain logistics and manufacturing, has recently launched its new eSmart Voice WMS Solution.

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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