Archive for Warehouse Management Systems

Performance During the Pandemic: A Warehouse and Logistics Update

In April I discussed the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on supply chain and fulfillment, and provided a WMS market update in which I predicted a market downturn in 2020 to be followed by a rebound in 2021. During the process of developing my WMS market forecast, I made assumptions for each quarter of 2020. And indeed, I took into consideration the macroeconomic forecasts for an abysmal Q2 2020. On July 20th, the US […]

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Modern WMS: The Nerve Center for A Differentiated Customer Experience

Modern WMS is essential, as warehouses are becoming critical nerve centers to deliver a differentiated customer experience across product availability, buying avenues, and speed of delivery without adding cost. Warehouse leaders will need to think about how they transform their operations to become strategic assets that deliver best-in-class customer experience as a key differentiator. Customers want a frictionless experience, which in the pandemic environment, means contactless for more of their transactions.

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The Warehouse of Tomorrow: Sensing and Adapting to Change

Warehouse robotics are truly reshaping the way organizations are handling materials within the four walls of their warehouse. Leveraging digital technologies that are connected to physical assets, but managed by a central software application, delivers the level of visibility required to sense and respond more effectively than you can if you’re operating in silos. The best practice is to tie them into the WMS to obtain a fully automated workflow.

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Cloud WMS: A Platform for Reliability, Scalability, and Performance

WMS ia a mission-critical application, the backbone of warehouse operations.Cloud applications running on leading enterprise cloud infrastructure offer extremely high availability. The architecture and algorithms dynamically scale cloud computing capacity to handle customers’ increasing volumes. Oracle WMS Cloud, for example, is a zero-downtime application.

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Cloud-Native WMS: Key Characteristics and Considerations

Consumer and enterprise software has gone through a significant evolution over the last five years. Consumers have reached a point where software as a service (SaaS) has become an imperceptible norm. One might assume designing a SaaS-based WMS is as simple as taking a legacy WMS, deploying it in a public cloud, wrapping it up with managed services, and re-branding the offering as SaaS WMS. But to truly understand the benefits of being a cloud-native WMS, we have to look a little deeper. There are four key considerations enterprises need to evaluate when selecting a cloud WMS solution.

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Editor’s Choice: How Voice Picking Stacks Up Against Paper, RF Scanning, and Pick-to-Light

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. This week’s blog comes from HighJump – now Körber, and examines various warehouse picking technologies and how they compare to voice picking. Warehouse order picking describes the process of selecting and pulling an item from inventory to fulfill a customer’s order. The labor, materials, and technology involved in picking […]

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Manhattan Associates WMS Goes Cloud-Native

Manhattan Associated unveiled its latest WMS, Manhattan Active Warehouse Management. The WMS incorporates a broad range of enhancements including the new cloud-native architecture, redesigned user experience, and a list of productivity enhancements that enable holistic management, optimization, and execution. The unified planning and optimization capabilities enable simultaneous planning for inventory, orders, labor, automation, and transportation elements.

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A Labor Management System that Drives Worker Engagement? Who are You Kidding?

Manhattan’s Active Labor Management built in new features supporting worker engagement. Historically, a labor management system was more like a slap than a hug. The way they have gamified the system is one of the drivers of their approach to worker engagement.

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Blue Yonder WMS: Vision, Enhancements, and Adoption

Blue Yonder’s WMS track in its virtual user conference featured content on WMS enhancements, vision, and customer adoption. While architectural advancements were the engine of change, Frictionless SaaS, Luminate Warehouse Tasking, and Blue Yonder Robotics Hub were key initiatives within the WMS agenda.

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WMS Market Update – Seeing the Forest Through the Trees

ARC develops an annual market study on the global WMS market. Incorporating the business impact of the coronavirus outbreak and the “Great Lockdown” into this year’s WMS market forecast increases the complexity and elevates the uncertainty of the forecasting process. In my opinion, the warehouse management systems (WMS) industry is likely to remain relatively stable during these uncertain economic times.

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