An Insight into Warehouse Management System's Functions

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, February 09, 2021


An optimal WMS guarantees that the best product is selected based on the market rules, such as Last In First Out (LIFO) or First In First Out (FIFO).

FREMONT, CA: Despite the universal acceptance and success of warehouse management systems, companies can still be reluctant to implement them and match them with their key business objectives. To effectively grasp the suitability of the Warehouse Management System (WMS), companies need to understand a myriad of functional dimensions. Below are some of the main functions of the warehouse management system.

Tracking Stock

Keeping track of stock inflows to the warehouse is one of the warehouse management system's main tasks. It helps warehouse managers perfect insights to consider the product's supply, stock handling, and stock refilling needs. WMS allows inventory managers to gauge the demand vs. supply of their products so that they can replenish the product in the right volume at the right time.

With a solid WMS in place, traditional over-or under-stocking problems may be easily tackled. It also plays a crucial role in the utilization of warehouse space. WMS maintains that supplies are properly distributed to ensure that warehouse management is smooth.

Tracking and Visibility

Stock reporting is one of the main features of the warehouse management system.  WMS allows easy and efficient inventory and order monitoring of relevant information such as batch details, expiry dates, serial numbers, and UPC (Universal Product Code). This aspect helps address product movement problems efficiently, minimize unnecessary costs, and improve consumer service through effective order monitoring and control. WMS enables organizations to run annual cycle counts without having to interfere with day-to-day activities. This entails better exposure and optimization of the workers.

Picking and Shipping Inventory

The second most significant role of WMS is to gather and ship inventory to the intended customer base. Conventional warehouse networks have many problems, such as lost data and ineffective inventory monitoring, which led to inaccurate and wrong inventory shipping.  However, an optimal WMS guarantees that the best product is selected based on the market rules, such as Last In First Out (LIFO) or First In First Out (FIFO). Indeed, this will prove to be a smooth, stable, and cost-effective approach. There are no more incurring charges for the inappropriate handling of orders and the distribution to unrelated clients.

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