How are Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) effective and efficient?

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Warehouses, as we know it, play a massive role for many companies of all sizes. Warehouses sit at the center of manufacturing and supply chain operations because they hold all of the material used or produced in those processes, from raw materials to finished goods. From small sheds storing a small portion of a company’s supply of products, to multiple rows of industrial-grade buildings capable of supplying an entire city’s worth of goods, the position of warehouses as the storage location of a company’s existing stock of products solidifies it as an invaluable asset. A normal supply chain where a company may have a small warehouse that acts as the temporary storage unit of its stock. In this case, goods can be easily noted or checklisted when entering/leaving the building. (O’Donnell, 2020)

On the other hand, larger warehouses belonging to A-grade companies might have warehouses that span for what feels like an infinite volume. In warehouses like these, it may not be easy to manually note down what products enter/leave the building as well as its location within the premises. As thousands of products move in a short amount of time (may it be moving in/out of the warehouse or being repositioned within the building), employees will spend an uncountable amount of time registering these movements. A solution to solve these problems would be through the implementation of a Warehouse Management System (WMS).

        Definition of Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

A Warehouse Management System (WMS) consists of software and processes that allow organizations to control and administer warehouse operations from the time goods or materials enter a warehouse until they move out. The purpose of a WMS is to help ensure that goods and materials move through warehouses in the most efficient and cost-effective way. A WMS handles many functions that enable these movements, including inventory tracking, picking, receiving and putaway. A WMS also provides visibility into an organization's inventory at any time and location, whether in a facility or in transit. (O’Donnell, 2020)

        Our Own Warehouse Management Solution

PT. Duta Kalingga Pratama acknowledges the need for Warehouse Management Systems across Indonesia and would like to introduce our in-house product, DKP WMSystem. Our own homemade Warehouse Management System (WMS) is used as a tactical tool designed to support various warehousing or distribution center’s management and staff. Through daily planning, organizing, controlling and utilization of available resources, this software can solve logistical nightmares commonly seen in the transportation and logistics industries.

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