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  1. WMS – Warehouse Management Systems Amy Severance

  2. What is a WMS? • WMS – Warehouse Management System • Tracks inventory from the point of receipt to the point of shipment • Provides RF (radio frequency) functionality to enable mobile workforce • Provides shipment creation, rating functionality

  3. What is a WMS? • Not an order taking system • Not an inventory allocation system • Requires a “Host” system to interface to • ERP (such as SAP) • OMS (Order Management System) • Purchase Order data, Sales Order data, Item Master data

  4. Why is it important to have a WMS? • Inventory Accuracy • Safety Stock: reduce shortages, reduce variability • Reduce capital investment in inventory • Reduce labor invested in cycle counting • Reduce labor dealing with inventory discrepancies • Improve productivity • Automate manual processes using RF or Voice • Provide productivity reporting for employee management

  5. Why is it important to have a WMS? • Visibility • Provide management with visibility for running the operation • Number of orders in process • Number of ASN’s in transit • Customer compliance • Shipping Labels, packing lists, other documentation • Packaging Requirements • RFID tags

  6. WMS Vendors • Manhattan Associates • Red Prairie • High Jump • SAP WMS

  7. How do you select a WMS? • Document the business requirements • RFP – Request for Proposal • Sales process • Contract Negotiation • Sign Contract

  8. Phase 0: Initiation Phase 1: Design Phase 2: Development Phase 3: Integration Testing Phase 4: Implementation Phase 5: Client Support • Discovery Site Visit • Functional Design • Modification List • Interface Design • Statement of Work& Project Plan • Mock Conversion • Integration Testing • Label/Carrier Compliance • Volume Testing • Solution Validation • Risk Assessment • End-user Training • Review Requirements • Hardware Sizing Questionnaire • Transportation Questionnaire • Product Demo • Attend Training • Go Live! • Post Implementation Support • Initiate Transition to Customer Support • Client Training • Conversion Planning/ Installation • Modification Development and Testing • System Config and Testing • Development of User Training • Project Closure • Transition to Customer Support • Ongoing Maintenance Project Management • Conversion Planning • Issue Maintenance and Resolution • Scope/Deliverable Management • Status Reporting • Project Budget Management • Timeline Management • Project Planning • Resource Planning • Risk Assessment

  9. WMS Functionality - Inbound • Yard Management and Appointment scheduling • Pre-Receiving • ASN’s • Receiving • Directed Putaway • Replenishment from Overstock to Forward Pick • Cycle Counting • Returns

  10. WMS Functionality - Outbound • “Wave” Management • Label/Document Printing • Picking • Packing • Manifest, Prepare shipment • Ship Confirm

  11. Receiving Report location label parcel carrier tracking number case pick label iLPN label outbound pallet label pallet label oLPN UCC-128 label Generates Variety of Compliant Bar Code Labels • Receiving • in advance • on demand • Picking • upon wave release • upon wave assignment • Inventory • reprints • Packing/Shipping • upon rerouting • upon pack verification • release from pack & hold • reprint