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At Enabling, we understand that 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 process the associated transactions, including shipping, receiving, put-away and picking. The Warehouse Management Systems also direct and optimise stock put-away based on real-time information about the status of bin utilisation.
Warehouse Management Systems often utilise Auto ID Data Capture (AIDC) technology, such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, wireless LANs and potentially Radio-frequency identification (RFID) to efficiently monitor the flow of products. Once data has been collected, there needs to be either a batch synchronisation with, or a real-time wireless transmission to a central database.
Our solutions provide useful reports about the status of goods in the warehouse. Our Warehouse Management Systems provide a set of computerised procedures to handle the receipt of stock and returns into a warehouse facility, model and manage the logical representation of the physical storage facilities (e.g. racking etc.), manage the stock within the facility and enable a seamless link to order processing and logistics management in order to pick, pack and ship product out of the facility.
Our Warehouse Management System (WMS) will control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse – you might even describe it as the legs at the end-of-the line which automates the store, traffic and shipping management.
Benefits of a Warehouse Management System include:
Faster inventory turns - A WMS can reduce lead times by limiting inventory movement and improving the accuracy of inventory records, thereby supporting an IT environment. As a result, the need for safety stock is reduced, which increases inventory turnover and working capital utilisation.
More efficient use of available warehouse space - In addition to reducing safety-stock requirements, a WMS can often increase available warehouse space by more efficiently locating items in relation to receiving, assembly, packing, and shipping points. This increased efficiency can both improve productivity and lower inventory holding costs significantly.
Reduction in inventory paperwork - Implementation of a real time WMS can significantly reduce the paperwork traditionally associated with warehouse operations, as well as ensure timely and accurate flow of inventory and information. Receiving reports, pick tickets, move tickets, packing lists, etc., which are typically maintained as hard copies, can all be maintained electronically.
Improved cycle counting - Companies can use WMS to capture relevant data (eg frequency of movement, specific locations, etc.) to systematically schedule personnel for cycle counts. Such cycle counts not only can improve the accuracy of inventory records for planning purposes, but also can eliminate or reduce the need for complete, costly physical inventories.
Reduced dependency on warehouse personnel - Implementing a comprehensive WMS facilitates standardisation of inventory movements, picking methods, and inventory locations. This standardisation helps to minimise reliance on informal practices, resulting in reduced training costs and lower error rates.
Enhanced customer service - By streamlining processes from order to delivery, companies can more accurately determine product availability and realistic delivery dates. A WMS can automatically identify and release back-ordered inventory and also can reduce returns as a result of increased shipment accuracy.
Improved labour productivity - A WMS helps optimise material flow, typically by incorporating several inventory picks into one or by "cross docking". Cross docking is a process that routes incoming shipments to the location closest to the outbound shipping dock, thereby reducing warehouse handling.
For more information on Enabling’s WMS, select from our product suites listed below or to find out more, please call us or complete the contact us enquiry form opposite.