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What is a Warehouse Management System (Part 1 of 2)

When your business relies on storing, packaging and shipping items out to customers, your warehouse is your lifeblood.

That’s why it’s so important to be sure that the processes within your warehouse (or your fulfillment service’s warehouse) are running efficiently. Without an overall organizational structure, and technology tools to keep that structure in place, you’re going to have frustrated customers, overwhelmed employees and inventory losses that could put you out of business.

Why does your fulfillment company need a WMS? A warehouse management system (WMS) will help you avoid this fate. It’s technological support for your overall warehousing process. It tracks activities in the warehouse and in your company. The system accounts for every step that each individual items takes from when it enters your warehouse to when it is shipped out to a customer.

Integrate, run smoother. When you work with a fulfillment company in order to handle your warehouse and shipping needs, you’ll rely on the WMS to integrate with your company’s system so that the entire process with run smoothly. A WMS program will centralize task management into one location so that you can easily track your inventory levels, stock locations and packaging efficiencies.

Warehouse management systems can be scaled up or down to meet a company’s needs. Typically, standard components of a WMS system include receiving, inventory management, put away, planning and picking processes, packing and shipping and quality control. It all depends on what a company is looking to achieve with its WMS system.

A warehouse management system contains a number of different logged transactions that allow an end user to see the areas that need to be improved. Order picking, employee productivity and quality control are all aspects of fulfillment that can be seen through a warehouse management system.

For more insight into Warehouse Management Systems, read Part Two of this series here.

 

January 13, 2015
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