08.25.22Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) were somewhat late to the Cloud party, for several reasons, including concerns about response times for interaction with wireless RF terminals, Voice systems, and material handling equipment.
Distributed order management software centers on fulfillment rules and order routing logic, but DOM can also expose promise dates and shipping options with integration to front end e-commerce systems. Understanding the power of DOM’s enterprise view of inventory, its integration mechanisms and its dynamic rules engines are part of effective distributed order fulfillment.
by Kate Gardner
When a winery or brewery orders packaging supplies from G3 Enterprises, it can get everything—bottles, corks, caps, labels—in one place, as well as manufacturing, warehousing and transportation services.
Automatic data capture just got a new ally, the edge. The technology allows everything from scanners to voice systems to process data on the edge of where it is collected. The result is real-time decisions that deal with reality, not some plan that no longer applies.
by Gary Forger
It’s got to be here somewhere. Stop for just a minute. Let’s look around. It shouldn’t be that difficult to find the edge in materials handling operations. But then again, maybe it is.
01.17.22“In today’s distribution, it’s all about product flow,” says Dan Gilmore, chief marketing officer with Softeon, a WMS and WES software provider. “And certainly, there is a segment of the market where DCs are growing larger and more complex. In these environments, that means there’s more and more processes and systems that need to be synchronized. And, if you can’t do that well, you wind up with bottlenecks.”
by Gary Forger
The value of labor
Interviews with several experts on conventional warehousing made it clear that you can improve processes without a complete hardware and software transformation.
Key concepts here range from slotting to clean data and reduction in travel time. Labor management is not to be overlooked either. And, yes, technology is part of this evolution, ranging from bots (which everyone is in love with right now) to software such as warehouse execution systems (WES).
To be honest, incorporating more technology into business as usual for logistics, supply chain and manufacturing entities pre-dates the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the U.S. in January 2020. But it did take the global pandemic to propel many in those industries to move unrealized digital transformation initiatives to their front burners.
By MMH Staff
Softeon has been recognized in the 2021 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Warehouse Management Systems report, according to the vendor.
Gartner notes in its report that companies can, “Choose the right WMS by using the highlighted nine critical capabilities across five different use cases to appropriately align with your levels of operational complexity and sophistication. Supply chain technology leaders can use this research to compare specific WMS products.”
07.13.21Warehouse execution systems are all about orchestrating busy fulfillment centers in the here and now. Some WES solutions are moving into more predictive capabilities that simulate what is likely to play out in the near future, recommending actions. It’s all part of the fast-evolving WES solutions space.
07.08.21Although tracking workers’ performance is important, he says, an LMS can be much more effective when used “holistically”—that is, to evaluate workers’ performance not just in comparison to their peers, but also to the machines around them.