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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CILT award win makes it a hat-trick for Superdry and Invar Systems with Hikrobot

CILT award win makes it a hat-trick for Superdry and Invar Systems with Hikrobot

Victory in the Warehouse Operations category at The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Awards for Excellence has secured a hat-trick across the UK’s top logistics awards schemes for an Invar Systems project involving the rollout of Hikrobot AMRs across Superdry’s international DC network.

Futureproofing logistics with flexible automation

Futureproofing logistics with flexible automation

In recent years, the rise of the term Industry 4.0 has brought automation into new areas of traditional production environments. However, warehousing and intralogistics has not been as upfront in its adoption of new automation technologies to enhance operations.

reifen.com optimises its warehouse processes and uses the EPX-Cloud solution of EPG

reifen.com optimises its warehouse processes and uses the EPX-Cloud solution of EPG

The reifen.com GmbH handles up to 60,000 tires and rims daily. With the EPG | LFS warehouse management system from EPG (Ehrhardt Partner Group), reifen.com has been optimising its logistics processes in the warehouse for over seven years. 

Game changer' WMS functionality saves time, money and resource

Game changer' WMS functionality saves time, money and resource

A B2C fulfilment expert has quickly taken advantage of a next generation software adoption platform to win bigger business and improve internal operations.

Brian Kirst is co founder and Chief Strategy Officer for leading US 3PL provider Resurge, with distribution centres in New Jersey and Reno, and his new best friend is an ‘AI-style’ training tool called SnapBuddy, which enables him to self configure WMS rules changes and modifications without delay. 

AG Logistics Services selects Körber for automation of new DC in Ede

AG Logistics Services selects Körber for automation of new DC in Ede

Kӧrber has been selected by AG Logistics Services for the automation of its new distribution centre (DC) in Ede, the Netherlands.

New warehouse racksack and visual aids delivers for UK packaging distributor

New warehouse racksack and visual aids delivers for UK packaging distributor

Investment in a new Beaverswood racksack system is improving the collection and segregation of waste for a UK packaging, office products and industrial equipment supplier.

Could stockless stores be the future of the high street?

Could stockless stores be the future of the high street?

By Alex MacPherson, Director of Consultancy and Account Management, Manhattan Associates.

We have all seen the headlines and plethora of statistics about the uptick in online shopping over the last twelve months.

Knowles Transport: Sustaining growth with Empirica

Knowles Transport: Sustaining growth with Empirica

Logistics specialist Knowles Transport has been using the Empirica warehouse management system (WMS) from Chess for almost two decades.

Prologis launches Warehousing and Logistics Training Programme in South East Midlands

Prologis launches Warehousing and Logistics Training Programme in South East Midlands

Prologis, the UK developer of logistics parks, has announced the Prologis Warehousing and Logistics Training Programme (PWLTP), a new initiative to provide rapid training for individuals pursuing careers in logistics.

Innovation expedites warehouse logistics in the largest, most challenging work platforms

Innovation expedites warehouse logistics in the largest, most challenging work platforms

The growth of e-commerce is driving warehouse, distribution, and fulfilment centres to utilise larger structures, automated systems, and engineered elevated work platforms that can deliver faster logistics and shipping.

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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