Trends in WMS systems

With the advent of Automated Data Collection (ADC), warehouses have drastically changed from a mere place of storage to a finely tuned machine that ultimately increases the flow of goods throughout the supply chain. According to writer Steve Banker’s article on Task Management, “Improved productivity is one of the primary benefits of a WMS, and task management is the core functionality that drives labor efficiencies. If a WMS does not have task management, then it is not, by definition, a warehouse management system.”

Because of this, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have become increasingly more important and intricate in order to address customer needs. Currently, the following trends are being used in order to increase throughput and productivity:

Receiving Function

Includes the physical receipt of material, shipment quantity and damages, identification of delivery, and the preparation of receiving reports.

Put-away Function

Consists of removing materials from the dock, transporting them to a storage area, placing it in a staging area, moving it to a specific location and then recording where the material has been placed.

Order Picking

Involves selecting the required quantity of the right products for movement into the packaging area and documenting the movements of the materials.

Staging and Shipping

Entails physically moving material from the packing area to a staging area based on instructions related to an outbound vehicle or delivery route for shipment and consolidation.

Inventory Cycle Counting

Inventory is counted on a cyclic schedule rather than once a year.

As you can see, current WMS applications automate essential warehouse activities in order to work more efficiently and effectively.

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