Warehouse management systems

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Warehouse management systems

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Warehouse Management System :

Warehouse Management System Dr. G C Mohanta, BE(Mech), MSc(Engg), MBA, PhD(Mgt) Professor Al-Qurmoshi Institute of Business Management, Hyderabad – 500005

Warehouse Management System:

Warehouse Management System A warehouse management system (WMS) is the software and processes that allow organizations to control and administer warehouse operations from the time goods or materials enter into a warehouse until they move out. Operations in a warehouse include inventory management, picking processes and auditing. A WMS can provide visibility into an organization's inventory and location at any time, whether in a facility or in transit. It can also manage supply chain operations from the manufacturer or wholesaler to the warehouse, then to a retailer or distribution center. A WMS is often used alongside or integrated with a transportation management system (TMS) or an inventory management system.

Types Of Warehouse Management System:

Types Of Warehouse Management System There are various types of Warehouse management systems , depending on the size and nature of the organization. They can be stand-alone systems or modules in a larger enterprise resource planning (ERP) system or supply chain execution suite. Small organizations may use a simple series of hard copy documents or spreadsheet files, but most larger organizations use complex WMS software. Many vendors have versions of WMS products that can scale to different organizational sizes. Some organizations build their own WMS from scratch.

Warehouse Management System Benefits:

Warehouse Management System Benefits Improve customer service, Reduce labor costs, Improve inventory accuracy, Improve flexibility and responsiveness, Decrease errors in picking and shipping goods, Optimize warehouse activity, Increase in trace and trackability of materials in W/H, Mobile Data Entry, Increase in Efficiency Operate with real-time data, allowing the organization to manage the most current information on activities like orders, shipments, receipts and any movement of goods.

Features of Warehouse Management System:

Features of Warehouse Management System Warehouse Management System design enables organizations to customize workflow and picking logic to ensure for optimized inventory allocation. The WMS establishes bin slotting that maximizes storage space and accounts for variances in seasonal inventory. Inventory tracking, which enables the use of advanced tracking systems, including radio-frequency identification (RFID), automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and barcode scanners to make sure that goods can be found easily when they need to move.

Features of Warehouse Management System (Contd.):

Features of Warehouse Management System (Contd.) Receiving and put-away, which allows inventory put-away and retrieval, often with pick-to-light or pick-to-voice technology to help warehouse workers locate goods. Picking and packing goods, including zone picking, wave picking and batch picking. Warehouse workers can also use lot zoning and task interleaving functions to guide the pick-and-pack tasks in the most efficient way. Shipping, which enables the WMS to send bills-of-lading (B/L) ahead of the shipment, generate packing lists and invoices for the shipment and send advance shipment notifications to recipients.

Features of Warehouse Management System (Contd.):

Features of Warehouse Management System (Contd.) Labor management, which helps warehouse managers monitor workers' performance by using key performance indicators (KPIs) that indicate workers who perform above or below standards. Yard and dock management, which assists truck drivers coming into a warehouse to find the right loading docks. A more complex use of yard and dock management enables cross-docking. Reporting, which helps managers analyze the performance of warehouse operations and find areas to improve.

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