Defining Warehouse Management Systems

Software that automates activities in a warehouse related to moving and storing materials into, within, and out of warehouses and/or distribution centers

Warehouse Management System: A Definition

Warehouse Management System: A Definition

According to the Encyclopedia of Management “warehousing is the storage of goods for profit” while warehouse management is “the process of coordinating the incoming goods, the subsequent storage and tracking of the goods, and finally, the distribution of the goods to their proper destinations.”

For many years Warehouse Management was a manual undertaking, complete with clipboards and spreadsheet. When Warehouse Management System (WMS) were introduced, they offered software applications that automated and supported Warehouses and Distribution Centers.

The ultimate goal of a modern Warehouse Management System (WMS) is to automate and scale activities in a warehouse related to moving and storing inventory and materials into, within, and out of warehouses and/or distribution centers

Warehouses Management Systems are tools for executing effective supply chains. Automating a warehouse requires that the inventory system in place supports all warehouse operations, inlcuding material handling, and should also include monitoring or management of:

  1. Stock Keeping Units (SKUs)
  2. Warehouse Storage Locations
  3. Dock doors
  4. Workforce Management:
  5. Inbound receiving and putaway
  6. Enterprise Inventory Management
  7. Outbound Allocation and store receiving
  8. Material Handling