Warehouse Execution System (WES)

A newer type of warehouse software that can work with a new WMS or as an add-on to an existing WMS. There is no widely accepted definition of WES, and available solutions in the marketplace vary widely in terms of capability and focus. That said, a WES can offer levels of order fulfillment orchestration and optimization beyond those available in a Tier 1 WMS solution.

Capabilities often include: granular real-time visibility to throughput and bottlenecks by area of the DC; advanced labor planning and allocation; order batch optimization; optimization of work assigned to automated and non-automated resources; the automatic release of work to the floor based on a variety of attributes (the “autonomous WMS”).

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