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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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.

New fulfilment facility opens as DKF continues to grow

New fulfilment facility opens as DKF continues to grow

DK Fulfilment Ltd (DKF) the e-commerce order fulfilment specialist, has opened a 165,000 sq ft dedicated fulfilment facility in Coventry.

Voice of reason in the warehouse - WMS & Voice Picking Technology report 2015

Voice of reason in the warehouse - WMS & Voice Picking Technology report 2015

Manufacturing & Logistics IT spoke to a number of key spokespeople from the vendor and analyst communities about recent developments in the world of Voice-directed software and hardware and warehouse management systems – including those involving mobility, Cloud/SaaS and Big Data.

Renovotec launches 'Warehouse Doctor' service

Renovotec launches 'Warehouse Doctor' service

Renovotec is launching 'Warehouse Doctor', a free health check service that assesses warehouse technology systems and infrastructure, operations and processes before making recommendations for improvement........

Is your wireless network industrial strength?

Is your wireless network industrial strength?

Five crucial questions to ask & answer as you prepare your industrial environments to take full advantage of today's rapidly expanding wireless communications opportunities. Download this fascinating white paper from Zebra Technologies.

Vanderlande wins ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

Vanderlande wins ‘Supplier of the Year’ award

Vanderlande has been chosen as the Supplier of the Year at this year's Postal Technology International Awards. The ceremony, which recognises outstanding achievements in the postal industry, was held during Post Expo 2015 in Paris on 29 September.

UPS opens new contract logistics centre in the UK

UPS opens new contract logistics centre in the UK

UPS has officially opened a new contract logistics facility in North Warwickshire, in the UK Midlands, to meet growing demand from retail and high-tech customers.

Ten top tips on creating a 'best practice' Warehouse Management System

Ten top tips on creating a 'best practice' Warehouse Management System

By Ian Roper, supply chain solutions divisional director, the Access Group.

The demands placed on modern supply chains have created a complex set of exacting requirements for Warehouse Management Systems.

Indus Foods chalks up a first with BCP’s Accord Voice WMS

Indus Foods chalks up a first with BCP’s Accord Voice WMS

Indus Foods of Birmingham are breaking new ground by investing in a 10 user Accord Voice Warehouse Management System (WMS) from IT software specialist Business Computer Projects Ltd (BCP) for its 30,000 sq ft distribution centre.

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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