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 systems also direct and optimize stock put away based on real-time information about the status of bin utilization.
The objective of a warehouse management system is to provide a set of computerized 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.
Aisles are codes assigned to bin locations to create a narrow zone in the warehouse.
License Plate (LP) containerizes inventory and makes the inventory movement more efficient by moving the inventory as a group rather than by individual items and lot serial numbers. Fully integrated throughout multi-bin inventory, provides on the fly creation, editing and printing of pallet objects. License plates can be received, transferred, picked, issued, shipped. LP inventory can moved between locations and merged into other LP's.
Directed Pick directs the picker where to pick goods from. Goods are allocated to sales orders so goods. The Sales Order pick sheet and the Multi-bin Wave pick sheet are printed to pick by order. The (*W) Wave Batch pick sheet to print by the Wave Batch.
Directed PutAway options directs the system where goods are stored. The system calculates destination information from the capacity of the locations and the desired settings. Print the Multi-Bin PutAway Report to print put aways from staging locations or after goods are produced. Put Away report can be generated based on purchase orders by using the Put Away template in purchase order printing.
Inventory Allocations can be considered physically setting aside an item for use elsewhere. Allocations are considered hard, because an item allocated in one place, cannot be allocated to another as well. Directed picking "allocates" goods automatically from the rules set in the system. Goods can be pre-allocated manually in Sales Order entry.
Primary bin locations are locations for dedicated for certain items. The same goods rotate in these locations. They can be close to the shipping to speed pick and shipping.
Staging Bin Locations
Staging bin locations are common locations for task. RECEIVING for P/O receipts, SHIPPING for packing to ship, WIP to group raw materials to be issued, QC to group finished goods completed.
Wave Batch Picking
Wave Batch Picking is picking for a number of orders at once in the order of bin locations in warehouse region. The goods can be pre-allocated (as defined above) or estimated and then transferred to the shipping dock and allocated or just shipped there.