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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What can consumer behaviour tell us about the future of warehouse design and logistics?

What can consumer behaviour tell us about the future of warehouse design and logistics?

By Jon Walkington, Retail and System Integrator Sales Director, at Schoeller Allibert UK.

For many brands operating today, warehousing and distribution has never been more closely tied to a brand or retailer’s commercial performance.

Selazar expands eCommerce fulfilment operations with  new flagship warehouse in Nuneaton

Selazar expands eCommerce fulfilment operations with  new flagship warehouse in Nuneaton

Rapidly growing eCommerce fulfilment company Selazar has announced the expansion of its operations, with the opening of a new state-of-the-art flagship warehouse in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The new warehouse will see the UK-based tech company increase its reach to all areas of the country via this prime geographical location.

New report reveals major growth and seismic changes in UK warehousing sector

New report reveals major growth and seismic changes in UK warehousing sector

A new report into the size and make up of the UK warehousing sector, commissioned by the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) and produced by Savills, has highlighted major growth in the sector and seismic shifts in occupier profile over the last six years.

The report, titled ‘The size and make up of the UK warehouse sector’, was first published by UKWA in 2015, following research by Savills to create a comprehensive database of all existing warehouse units in Great Britain over 100,000 sq ft.

Geek+ enables Siemens Switchgear Shanghai to realize flexible manufacturing and join industry 4.0

Geek+ enables Siemens Switchgear Shanghai to realize flexible manufacturing and join industry 4.0

Geek+ has announced the successful deployment of AMRs in Siemens Switchgear Shanghai’s factory. By implementing a fully automated and flexible system, combining four AI-driven robotics solutions, the manufacturer has committed to provide better service to its customers and join industry 4.0.

Growing the SnapFulfil individual as well as the business

Growing the SnapFulfil individual as well as the business

WMS technology innovator, SnapFulfil, has announced a trio of key promotions as business continues to grow and flourish.

TEQ’s use of Finite Element Analysis leads to boosted packaging functionality and sustainability

TEQ’s use of Finite Element Analysis leads to boosted packaging functionality and sustainability

International thermoformer TEQ is benefiting from using cutting-edge computer simulation techniques to boost packaging functionality and sustainability.

British astronaut to headline Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference

British astronaut to headline Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference

From self-driving vehicles transporting goods, to warehouses run on Artificial Intelligence, logistics businesses are harnessing the technology of tomorrow to revolutionise the efficiency of the industry. To help identify where space-age inspiration could provide solutions for 21st century challenges, Major Tim Peake CMG will be the keynote speaker at Logistics UK’s Future Logistics Conference at the Innovation & Technology in Transport Hub (ITT Hub).

Amazon VNA solution from Lobo Systems

Amazon VNA solution from Lobo Systems

Engineers at Amazon fulfilment centres are required to maintain Very Narrow Aisle ( VNA ) racking which is used for pallet storage.

Business booms for Liverpool logistics business as it opens £2million Hunts Cross HQ

Business booms for Liverpool logistics business as it opens £2million Hunts Cross HQ

International shipping and logistics company Brunswick International has opened a new headquarters and customs bond facility in Hunts Cross following increased demand for its shipping and logistics services since Brexit.

Law Distribution chooses Jungheinrich to optimise new warehouse space

Law Distribution chooses Jungheinrich to optimise new warehouse space

Law Distribution and Jungheinrich UK have announced a long-term contract that will combine cutting-edge technology and optimised processes to deliver business and environmental advantages across Law Distribution’s supply chain operations.

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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