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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Ocado to establish new facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet

Ocado to establish new facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet

Ocado Retail, the new joint venture between Ocado Group and M&S, has agreed a deal to establish a new 304,355 sq ft, state-of-the-art facility at SEGRO Logistics Park Purfleet, creating up to 1,500 local jobs and helping meet demand from its increasing customer base to the East of London.

New 3PL Charging Functions for ProSKU

New 3PL Charging Functions for ProSKU

ProSKU, the cloud-based WMS for small to medium sized businesses, has released an updated third-party charging module providing significant enhancements aimed at the needs of its growing logistics and e-fulfilment customer base.

3 ways barcoding technology benefits warehouses and increase efficiency

3 ways barcoding technology benefits warehouses and increase efficiency

By Joseph Walston, Director of Operations at Sentient Lasers.

In an age of faster shipping and delivery times brought on by retail giants like Amazon, efficiency within warehouses has become increasingly important. One tried-and-true method of warehouse organization is barcoding technology.

inotec UK completes infill walkway project at AkzoNobel site in Hull

inotec UK completes infill walkway project at AkzoNobel site in Hull

Warehouse finishing solutions provider, inotec UK has installed 303 metres of infill walkway for AkzoNobel at its production site in Hull.

Harting commissions new European Distribution Centre

Harting commissions new European Distribution Centre

A day of celebrations marked the Harting Technology Group's official opening of its state-of-the-art European Distribution Centre (EDC) in Espelkamp.

Summer, vacation, lost luggage: How RFID tracking can help with lost bags at the airport

Summer, vacation, lost luggage: How RFID tracking can help with lost bags at the airport

Airlines want to use RFID technology to create solutions for lost baggage. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that from 2020, each piece of luggage will be equipped with an RFID tag.

Dematic Academy brings human perspective to The Future of Intelligent Logistics at IMHX Skills Zone

Dematic Academy brings human perspective to The Future of Intelligent Logistics at IMHX Skills Zone

Dematic is to extend its presence at IMHX 2019 by taking additional exhibition space for the Dematic Academy within the Skills Zone and contributing to the Skills speaker programme.

Already one of the largest exhibitors at the show, Dematic will be demonstrating the strength of its market positioning and its commitment to maintaining and developing the skilled engineering workforce needed to future proof customer investments in automation.

Marks & Spencer announced as guest speakers of EV Cargo's Packaging Conference

Marks & Spencer announced as guest speakers of EV Cargo's Packaging Conference

EV Cargo Technology, UK provider of supply chain management software, has announced the EV Cargo Packaging Conference on Thursday 5th September 2019 at the Palletforce Hub of Innovation in Burton-on-Trent.

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited future-proofs warehouse efficiencies with scalable WiFi solution from Zyxel

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited future-proofs warehouse efficiencies with scalable WiFi solution from Zyxel

BJS Distribution Storage & Couriers Limited is a family run, two-man home delivery and assembly service. The company warehouses and delivers large, heavy goods - including furniture and electricals - across the UK, for brands such as The Cotswold Company, Made.com and Wayfair.

Auto Putaway or Manual? You can’t beat the WMS

Auto Putaway or Manual? You can’t beat the WMS

By Alex Mills, Sales and Marketing Director at ProSKU.

When it comes to receiving goods and looking for somewhere to put them, a modern warehouse management system (WMS) can surpass the knowledge of even the most competent warehouse operative. It can do this because it holds a map of the storage locations in a warehouse and records what is stored in them in real time.

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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