In simple terms a Warehouse Management System (WMS) is a software application whose purpose is to control the daily operation of a warehouse. Essentially a WMS focuses on shipping, receiving, putaway and picking of materials and product. A Warehouse Management System could stand alone as a single application or it could also be part of a larger system. Some WMS software is so complex that companies will hire an entire staff dedicated to operating and maintaining the system.
In the good old days, inventory was tracked by paper and manual labor.
Like any industry or market, that of the supply chain is constantly in flux with new trends, challenges, buzz and solutions, and so, it seems only fitting to take a step back every now and again and take stock of the state of things. I don’t know about the rest of you, but in so doing, I noticed several things. Take a look and let me know if you agree.
It’s All About Mobile
Mobile is huge, and I mean huge! This fact is true whether you are Facebook or among those of us who specialize in warehouse management systems for businesses small and large. Though it may seem like the impact of mobile is vastly different in different industries, the implications are more similar than you might think. In short: we all need to adapt to make mobile a priority. When Google puts out an ad featuring smartphones marching off to work – set to the Snow White classic “Heigh Ho!” no less – it’s time to take another look at the idea that devices are being put to work just as much as people. Mobile technology has helped to streamline and improve work in many arenas, and we should all be looking forward to what improvements it will next afford us.