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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Parts Town selects HighJump WMS

Parts Town selects HighJump WMS

HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software, has announced that Parts Town has selected HighJump Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS).

NetDespatch provides carrier integration savings for WMS provider Optima

NetDespatch provides carrier integration savings for WMS provider Optima

NetDespatch has formed a partnership with warehouse management solutions provider, Optima, which provides the firm with automatic and seamless access to multiple carriers - a process which was previously managed in-house, delivering savings of up to 25 percent in software development.

Onward Holdings invests in new headquarters at Featherstone site

Onward Holdings invests in new headquarters at Featherstone site

Onward Holdings Ltd has ended an 80-year tenure in Ackworth, near Pontefract, and relocated the company's head office to a much larger custom designed facility at the modern Featherstone industrial park, as part of an ongoing expansion strategy.

BEC strikes gold with Honeywell’s Vocollect solutions

BEC strikes gold with Honeywell’s Vocollect solutions

BEC (Systems Integration) Ltd., supplier of data capture solutions for supply chain logistics and manufacturing, has achieved Honeywell's Vocollect Gold Total Solution Provider (TSP) Status.

Dematic announces new management services programme

Dematic announces new management services programme

Dematic has introduce the Dematic Managed Services programme, a new service designed for proactively protecting customer investments.

Vanderlande secures orders worth more than €200 million

Vanderlande secures orders worth more than €200 million

Vanderlande has confirmed that it recently has secured orders of more than €200 million – which makes the total order intake €1 billion for the 2015 financial year – for its integrated solutions in the baggage handling and parcel and postal sectors.

Dematic enhances team capabilities in Mexico

Dematic enhances team capabilities in Mexico

Dematic, a supplier of intra-logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution centre, has announced an addition to the Dematic team in the Mexico City Regional Office.

iforce helps Fortnum & Mason to increase tea packing efficiency

iforce helps Fortnum & Mason to increase tea packing efficiency

As a part of its commitment to providing niche, value-added services to its customers, iForce, the fulfilment and returns specialist, has helped Fortnum & Mason to increase the efficiency of its tea packing process by managing a dedicated chamber within the retailer's warehouse in Sutton.

Aztek Logistics gains greater control with Access warehousing solution

Aztek Logistics gains greater control with Access warehousing solution

Aztek Logstics, the 3PL supplier, required a warehouse management solution (WMS) to maximise stock control, improve customer service, and deliver the high standard of service the organisation requires to consistently win new business.

TGW solution for adidas logistics centre

TGW solution for adidas logistics centre

TGW has announced that it will be implementing an automated warehouse solution at adidas' new logistics centre in Brazil.

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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