Updated: Dec 8, 2020
Warehouse Management is the control of day-to-day activities, such as
· Receiving of Products
· Put-away of Products in Storage Bins
· Picking of Products
· Shipping of Products
The term is sometimes used as “Stock Control” or “Inventory Control”
o Stock Control aims to maximize profit by getting inventory right
o Warehouse Management aims to maximize the efficiency of warehouse operations
Warehouse Management System
A dedicated and effective Warehouse Management System help the organization to achieve their business goal, which automate the manual processes and enables centralized control and visibility of all warehousing procedures.
SAP Extended Warehouse Management
Extended Warehouse Management offers a flexible, automated support for processing various goods movements and managing stocks in Warehouse Complex. The system supports planned and processing all logistics processes efficiently.
1) SAP ERP WM
2) SCM EWM 9.5
3) SAP S/4HANA Embedded EWM 1909
WMS enables organization to customize workflow and picking logic to make sure that the warehouse designed for optimized inventory allocation. The WMS established bin slotting that maximizes storage space and accounts for variances in seasonal inventory.
WMS enables administrations from the time of product goods receipt to until it moved out, and control operation like put-away, picking, and auditing (physical inventory).
WMS provides visibility of Inventory at any time at any place within the warehouse. WH monitoring tool help to get dash boards in the form of cockpits.
WMS provides solution for a small warehouse to big complex warehouse. It is flexible for various type of warehouses like production i=unit, distribution center and a third party logistics (3PL) warehouse.
WMS capable to integrate with external systems to leverage logistics execution as a part of supply chain unit, Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices and sensors in product ensures right quantity of goods to the right place on right time.
Man & Machine
Receiving and Put-away
WMS allows inventory put-away and retrieval, often with pick-to-light or pick-to-voice technology which helps warehouse resources to locate goods in a right place.
Picking & Packing
WMS enables area wise cluster picking, WAVE picking, and batch picking. Resources can use lot zoning and task interleaving for pick-pack tasks in an efficient way.
WMS enables usage of advanced tracking systems, including Radio Frequency automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and barcode scanner.
WMS help warehouse managers monitor worker’s performance by using planned work load and executed workloads, that indicates workers efficiency and utilization, who perform above or below ELS standards.
Yard & Dock Management
It is assists truck drivers coming into a warehouse to find the right loading docks as per the system provided appointments (DAS). A more complex use of yard and dock management enables cross docking.
Warehouse Management is the key part of Supply Chain Management