Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) are a key part of the supply chain and provide directed stock rotation, intelligent picking directives, automatic consolidation and cross-docking to maximize the use of valuable warehouse space. The systems also direct and optimize stock put-away based on real-time information about the status of bin utilization. Having a WMS in place means you don't depend any more on people's experience, the system has the intelligence.
This chapter introduces the key concepts and requirements of warehouse management process control systems. We outline core functional responsibilities, operational requirements, and developmental considerations, and illustrate how warehouse management process control systems can be integrated with other software systems and environments.
Warehouse management process control systems provide logistics support to manage the flow of items and assets in, and across, warehouse storage facilities. Users of such control systems include couriers, such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL, and large trading and manufacturing companies, such as Wal-Mart and BMW. To understand the responsibilities of warehouse management process control systems—and also the key factors that influence their software architecture—it helps first to define their concrete scope and relationships to other, surrounding systems.
Warehouse management process control systems belong to the broad category of industrial ...