Warehouse Management Systems Throughout History

Warehouse management systems (WMS) keep everything running smoothly for a cost-effective and precise operation with maximum throughput. Today, companies depend on their WMS, but it wasn’t always like this.

I recently came across an interesting article on the evolution of warehouse management. Essentially, the first “warehouses” were built to store grain, helping to prevent famine in Egypt. Over time, transcontinental trade increases, creating the need for places to store other goods and thus, warehouse management was born.

In the beginning, warehouse management was a manual process and everything was kept track of with pen and paper, which was time consuming and often inaccurate.

From there, there was also a strong need to manage the movement and placement of inventory within a warehouse environment, in addition to the importing/exporting of goods.

Today, rather than having just a warehouse management system, companies have supply chain solutions to handle their transportation and distribution, automation, integration, order management and production efficiency.

The evolution of the warehouse took thousands of years, but with a recent surge in technology advancement, there’s no doubt the warehouse will continue to evolve. Where do you think warehouse management is headed in next 5, 25, 50 and 100 years? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.