Labor Management (LMS):
Generally an add-on module to a WMS, an LMS (or Resource Management) will provide detailed productivity reporting by employee and warehouse task type. It should also track “direct time” (tasks directly related to receiving, putaway, order picking, cycle counting, etc.) versus “indirect time” (meetings, clean up, battery changes, etc.). The labor reporting is often set against a performance standard, so that productivity is reported as a percentage of the standard. To determine the standard, the LMS will consider travel distance, the type of task (e.g., case versus piece picking), specifics of the task (e.g., how heavy the cases are), and other factors. The LMS should be capable of showing worker expected goal time for a block of tasks, such as case picks to a pallet.