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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Horseware keeps a tight rein on its warehousing operations thanks to door-to-door Voice solution from BEC and Honeywell

Horseware keeps a tight rein on its warehousing operations thanks to door-to-door Voice solution from BEC and Honeywell

Founded in 1985, Horseware Ireland is one of the world's most well-known and prestigious designers and manufacturers of riding wear, leisure wear, horse rugs, equestrian products and accessories.

Dematic contemplates relocation of its Grand Rapids manufacturing operations

Dematic contemplates relocation of its Grand Rapids manufacturing operations

Dematic is considering plans to close its manufacturing plant in Grand Rapids, Michigan over the next year.

Dematic completes acquisition of Reddwerks

Dematic completes acquisition of Reddwerks

Dematic, global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimise the supply chain, has announced the completion of its acquisition of Reddwerks Corporation.

Snapfulfil handles 77 per cent increase in shipments on Black Friday

Snapfulfil handles 77 per cent increase in shipments on Black Friday

SaaS WMS provider, Snapfulfil experienced a 77 per cent increase in shipments handled by its system on Black Friday, compared with the previous Friday.

Coca-Cola speeds up loading process thanks to Zetes' scanning system on forklifts

Coca-Cola speeds up loading process thanks to Zetes' scanning system on forklifts

In order to gear the loading process to the accelerated warehouse processes, Zetes designed a new scanning system on Coca-Cola's forklifts in Dongen.

Dematic announces agreement to acquire Reddwerks

Dematic announces agreement to acquire Reddwerks

Dematic has announced an agreement to acquire Reddwerks Corporation, the Warehouse Execution Software (WES) solutions supplier that provides customers with real-time decision engines to optimise material and information flow in the supply chain.

New warehouse and jobs at logistics company CML thanks to Barclays support

New warehouse and jobs at logistics company CML thanks to Barclays support

A Leicestershire logistics company has expanded by opening a second warehouse and increasing its number of employees following financial support from Barclays Bank.

Is your warehouse ready to rise to the challenge of today’s changing logistics?

Is your warehouse ready to rise to the challenge of today’s changing logistics?

The role of the warehouse is changing. No longer just a big space to store inventory, today's warehouse operation is fast-paced and often decentralised. Inventory turns faster than ever as retailers and manufacturers try to keep up with consumer expectations in this 'need it now' culture.

Snapfulfil gears up for 70 per cent peak uplift

Snapfulfil gears up for 70 per cent peak uplift

SaaS WMS provider, Snapfulfil is expecting to handle a 70% uplift in transactions on its system in the run up to Christmas this year.

Warehouse Management Order Fulfilment Solutions - White Paper

Warehouse Management Order Fulfilment Solutions - White Paper

The warehouse is at the centre of your business. It's the key hub through which nearly everything in your business must pass – from raw materials and finished goods in a manufacturing plant, to pallets and cases in a distribution centre, to a wealth of products in a retail warehouse.

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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