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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Vanderlande’s UK centralised IT infrastructure and monitoring service grows rapidly in its first year

Vanderlande’s UK centralised IT infrastructure and monitoring service grows rapidly in its first year

The number of customers served from Vanderlande IT infrastructure and monitoring service at Heathrow has grown from 7 to 120, less than a year after the decision was taken to centralise this service in the UK.

Integrating advanced IT systems to achieve the 'perfect return'

Integrating advanced IT systems to achieve the 'perfect return'

Managing returns was identified as a critical priority and challenge for companies in the Access Warehouse Management Software (WMS) survey and is the issue examined in a new whitepaper, now issued by Access's WMS vendor, titled 'The Perfect Return'.

Deutsche Post DHL chooses Vanderlande Industries

Deutsche Post DHL chooses Vanderlande Industries

Deutsche Post DHL and Vanderlande Industries have signed a frame agreement for the supply of the sorting and logistics handling systems for its new network of automated delivery bases throughout Germany.

Dematic jump starts Modex with Dematic iQ software release

Dematic jump starts Modex with Dematic iQ software release

Dematic has introduced Dematic iQ, its next-generation software platform that extends beyond traditional warehouse control systems into knowledge-based logistics optimisation.

Schuh boosts capacity with Vanderlande Industries material handling solution

Schuh boosts capacity with Vanderlande Industries material handling solution

In 1981 Schuh was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland. Their philosophy was simple: "to provide individual high fashion footwear, sold in a unique and exciting retail environment".

Amethyst Systems 'provides the UK's most advanced cold storage facility with a new warehouse solution'

Amethyst Systems 'provides the UK's most advanced cold storage facility with a new warehouse solution'

Bristol-based bespoke software developer, Amethyst Systems, has secured another major contract and has provided the UK's most advanced cold storage facility with a new warehouse solution, which is already enabling the movement of a record number of pallets.

Cheese Cellar chooses Peak-Ryzex mobile warehouse system

Cheese Cellar chooses Peak-Ryzex mobile warehouse system

Peak-Ryzex has won a contract with Cheese Cellar to supply and provide managed support for its mobile technology. Peak-Ryzex has supplied Intermec CN70E handheld computers, complementary technology and software to automate the company's warehouse.

Chess makes changes to Empirica warehouse management system to increase flexibility of 'Pick and Pack' functionality

Chess makes changes to Empirica warehouse management system to increase flexibility of 'Pick and Pack' functionality

Chess Logistics Technology has made extensive changes to its Empirica warehouse management system to increase the flexibility of 'Pick and Pack' functionality.

Snapfulfil SaaS WMS to launch its latest picking solution at Logistics Link South 2014

Snapfulfil SaaS WMS to launch its latest picking solution at Logistics Link South 2014

Snapfulfil SaaS WMS, a global provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Warehouse Management Systems, will be launching its latest picking solution at Logistics Link South 2014.

Experience matters when planning e-commerce for 3PL

Experience matters when planning e-commerce for 3PL

MACS Software has provided WMS systems for over 21 years and has been involved in e-commerce right from the start.

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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