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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Digital Twin and Artificial Intelligence automate distribution warehouses

Digital Twin and Artificial Intelligence automate distribution warehouses

BRUMMER, the professional for temperature-controlled transport and warehouse logistics, and Logivations GmbH, an international consulting and technology company based in Munich, have agreed on an extensive cooperation for the digitisation and automation of BRUMMER’s distribution warehouses.

Swyft Home nominates Panther Warehousing as sole delivery and warehousing partner

Swyft Home nominates Panther Warehousing as sole delivery and warehousing partner

Swyft Home has appointed the UK two-man delivery service provider Panther Warehousing as its sole delivery and warehousing partner.

3PL provider offers reassurance amid no deal Brexit scenario

3PL provider offers reassurance amid no deal Brexit scenario

The ever-likely scenario of a No-Deal Brexit, even after there has been over four years to sort one out, is sending shockwaves across many businesses as they grapple with exactly what it will mean for them.

Jungheinrich automates worldwide spare parts logistics for Liebherr

Jungheinrich automates worldwide spare parts logistics for Liebherr

Together with Jungheinrich, Liebherr-Werke Ehingen GmbH is building a new central spare parts warehouse at its headquarters in Ehingen, Germany. As one of the leading global manufacturers of mobile cranes, Liebherr intends to handle its worldwide distribution of spare parts from June 2023 onwards.

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Will darkness protect us from COVID-19?

Sunlight was supposed to be the answer to COVID-19. However, fully automated warehouses that no longer need lighting or heating are helping to keep supply lines open during the pandemic. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA sales at automation equipment supplier EU Automation, explains why retailers and distributors are investing heavily in fully automated distribution centres.

REPL to expand customer deployments for Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher WMS

REPL to expand customer deployments for Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher WMS

Global retail IT consultancy and technology firm, REPL Group, plans to expand its ability to provide customer deployments for Blue Yonder Dispatcher WMS through increased professional services capabilities, as Blue Yonder’s Dispatcher professional services team joins the business.

Take steps to a more efficient workplace

Take steps to a more efficient workplace

Re-organisation will be a priority for many warehouse and distribution centre operators ramping up to meet higher volumes and demand in the face of Covid 19 and pre-Christmas push, says Jim Roberts, product manager at Beaverswood.

Jungheinrich acquires stake in robotics start-up Magazino

Jungheinrich acquires stake in robotics start-up Magazino

Jungheinrich Group has acquired a stake in the Munich-based robotics start-up Magazino. At the same time as signing the corresponding contracts, Jungheinrich and Magazino agreed on a broad strategic collaboration and intend to combine their skill sets in the field of mobile automation.

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

Warehouse trends in the wake of the pandemic

By Daniel Dombach, EMEA Industry Solutions Director, Zebra Technologies.

While the pandemic has impacted many companies, others have experienced strong growth as restrictions applied to pre-COVID 19 shopping patterns have accelerated growth in ecommerce.

Hoppecke helps Sheffield-based haulier switch forklifts to electric

Hoppecke helps Sheffield-based haulier switch forklifts to electric

DBL Logistics made a decision to improve business performance whilst enhancing its green credentials by converting part of its forklift fleet from IC engine LPG to electric. 

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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