Warehousing plays an important and strategic role in the supply chain. Nowadays, many companies choose to adopt the Warehouse Management System (WMS) to optimize their warehousing process. Selecting the right WMS can bring down the initial investment cost and avoid high maintenance/upkeep cost.
The main warehouse operationsare inbound and outbound. They include goods receipt, put away, stock and inventory management, stock count, picking, packing, labelling, shipping, cross docking, and drop shipping. WMS is a software application that helps to control and support routine operations in a warehouse.There are many WMS solutions available on the market, including the four basic types below that are widely used.
Standalone WMS mainly focuses on the warehouse management process. It promises low upfront and upkeep cost. Most of them can be used with the existing on-premise system of a company, however, it has less functions compared to an integrated warehouse management solution.