iLog WMS – The professional management of your warehouse.
With increasing attention to the digital transition in companies, the need to manage storage systems more quickly and effectively increases day by day; this is made possible, in addition to automation, by software designed and developed to facilitate the operations to be performed within them.
This kind of software is called WMS
(Warehouse Management System).
The WMS software aims to control and support, by optimizing it, the management of movements and operational phases that insist on a storage system.
Thanks to a multiplicity of modules available, their functions can vary from the simplest to the most complex, investing a range of action as wide as the needs of the single warehouse.
The most common functions, whatever the size and complexity of the company, may be:
Receipt of goods and their identification
Inventory and warehouse inventory monitoring
Assignment of goods to their respective locations
Management of the UoC
Change of condition of goods
Execution of inventories
Management of outputs (shipments)
Fundamental, then, is the ability of the WMS software to relate to the company ERP, so as to obtain a synergy between the accounting data (by the ERP) and those of the handling.
As mentioned, the multiplicity of modules available allows those who use it to model the WMS according to their needs, also taking into account additional software, already operational in the company, which deal with storage or handling.
It follows that the definition and subsequent implementation of the WMS require a dedicated study that considers every characteristic of the warehouse to be served and the objectives chosen for that warehouse. It therefore becomes necessary to first list the features that the user deems indispensable, and then go on to calibrate the WMS software, customizing it according to the needs of the end customer. Thus, two processes are carried out, of macro and micro analysis, which aim to provide the end user with a product that best meets their needs.
The software that is thus created is generally of the client-server type (but recently web-server solutions have appeared); the network architecture therefore provides that a client (computer, terminal, mobile devices) has access to a server where information is collected, made available and viewed, streamlining communications within the warehouse and between the various departments ( e.g. warehouse and accounting office).
The advantages deriving from the introduction of a WMS software in company logistics are many:
- Reduction of the preparation and fulfillment times of orders;
- Immediate knowledge of the position of the goods;
- Optimization of handling times;
- Optimal and rationalized exploitation of the goods allocation space;
- Decrease in the use of paper lists thanks to the use of video terminals;
- Immediate consultation of data concerning the warehouse (e.g. stocks, statistics, …)
- Reduction of manual errors and consequently increased productivity.
In light of the above, a WMS software therefore turns out to be a suitable choice for the digital transition of your company and an investment to be taken into strong consideration, thanks to the state incentive campaign and the direct and indirect benefits it is able to to bring to the production dynamics.
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