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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Award winning logistics company invests in latest Android RF handheld from TouchStar Technologies

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UK-based manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, TouchStar Technologies, has announced that Expect Distribution, the award-winning logistics provider, has recently selected TouchStar’s TS8200 handheld to support the planned growth within its warehouse operations.

RTITB offers End Point Assessments for apprenticeships

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Barings acquires land for logistics development in Madrid

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Stock distress signals - 23 pointers that tell you why you need a WMS

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By Alex Mills, Sales and Marketing Director, ProSKU.

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are used widely in larger organisations where stock and order volumes demand high levels of control.

Smaller companies, although they hold less stock and handle fewer orders, mostly experience the same problems when handling physical stock. But smaller companies tend, initially at least, to use products designed for stock control or inventory management. These are often modules provided as part of accounts or order processing systems.

Warehouse REIT agrees Northampton and Aberdeen logistics acquisitions for £37 million

Warehouse REIT agrees Northampton and Aberdeen logistics acquisitions for £37 million

Warehouse REIT, the AIM-listed specialist warehouse investor, has exchanged contracts to acquire a multi-unit estate in Northampton let to John Lewis and a multi-let industrial estate in Aberdeen.

Verdion launches iPort Phase 2 with 731,000 sq ft mega-warehouse deal

Verdion launches iPort Phase 2 with 731,000 sq ft mega-warehouse deal

Pan-European logistics specialist Verdion has launched the second phase of its iPort logistics hub in Doncaster with a 731,000 sq ft (67,912 sq m) letting to a major online retailer.

Wincanton celebrates ‘go-live’ for Britvic, following new contract win

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Seven day a week delivery by Panther Warehousing helps woo online shoppers

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Warehouse REIT agrees £4.2 million logistics acquisition in Wakefield

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See the technology that is reshaping warehousing at IMHX 2019

See the technology that is reshaping warehousing at IMHX 2019

The relentless rise of e-Commerce is forcing retailers and logistics operators to adapt the design of their facilities to keep pace with the demands of today’s technology-enabled consumer who is demanding ever-faster and more efficient delivery of goods.

As a result, traditional storage warehouses are being transformed into massive high-volume order-fulfilment centres with higher racking and narrower aisles to ensure that every square inch of the site is optimised.

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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