What is a warehouse management system (WMS)?
A warehouse management system (WMS) is virtually the pacemaker of any warehouse. In a narrower sense, this is an inventory management system that maps and manages the various correlating dependencies between inventories (article, assortment, batch) as well as the physical level (storage location, storage compartment, storage unit, loading equipment, etc.). In view of the increasing complexity of intralogistic processes in modern warehouses and distribution centers, a powerful warehouse management system (WMS) with integrated optimization strategies is essential for controlling system states and material flow movements.
The WMS creates transparency, eliminates time-consuming searches, minimizes picking errors and significantly increases delivery quality. It is also possible to implement chaotic storage location management, paperless picking (single-stage, multi-stage or parallel) and permanent inventory. In addition, modern warehouse management systems allow the integration of pick-by-voice, pick-by-light and RFID applications as well as optimized forklift control. The standard also includes interfaces for connecting to higher-level ERP systems and to the lower-level material flow computer that controls the flow of goods.
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