A WMS Stores Warehouses Worth of Information

Warehouse Management System Information ManagementA warehouse full of products is full of even more information.

Each product comes with hundreds of data points and a Warehouse Management System automatically keeps track of them. It includes informationon inventory, workflows, packaging, shipping, costing, pricing, sourcing, and more, in addition to information just about the product itself.

Spread over the course of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of products, it quickly becomes impractical or impossible to manage the warehouse information with paper, spreadsheets, manual processes or anything but an integrated Warehouse Management System.

No matter how big the inventory, a WMS provides businesses and customers critical information at the right time -- exactly when it’s needed.

Warehouse Management Systems are capable of automating workflows for fulfillment, inventory, replenishment, packaging, and shipping. But a WMS is first and foremost the central repository for the information needed to run a warehouse.

WMS should know the identification disposition of a product: does it contain a preprinted barcode, does it need to be barcoded upon being received into inventory, does it not need to be barcoded?

The Warehouse Management System should also support Verified Fulfillment. As the product is picked, packed, and shipped, barcode scanning can automatically tell the WMS to update inventory.

Warehouse Management Systems can track millions of products and their associated information. Information stored in a Warehouse Management System can include:

  • Information about the product itself, such as category, subcategory, SKU, supplier, manufacturer, and lot and serial numbers.
  • Information about inventory, stocking and replenishment, such as inventory counts, reorder points, reorder quantities, required quantities, and backorders.
  • Information about picking, such as location, pick lists, wave-picking.
  • Information about packing and shipping, such as weight and dimensions.
  • Information about financials, such as costing and pricing.
  • Associated business documents, such as purchase orders, sales orders, advanced ship notices, and order statuses.

No matter how big the inventory, a WMS provides businesses and customers critical information at the right time -- exactly when it’s needed.

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