The application of WMS in enterprise logistics management system

Tue Jul 19 10:39:56 CST 2022

Warehouse management system (WMS) is a specific form of warehouse management informatization, and its application in China is still in its infancy. It presents a dual structure in China's market: the high-end market represented by multinational corporations or a few domestic advanced enterprises has a high proportion of WMS application, and the system is relatively concentrated in the mainstream brands that are basically mature abroad; the medium and low-end market represented by domestic enterprises is mainly Apply WMS products developed in China. The following is an analysis of the general situation of WMS of domestic enterprises from the perspective of application, mainly combined with the excellent cases of logistics informatization collected by China Federation of logistics and procurement.

The first is the application system based on typical distribution center business. Such cases can be seen in sales logistics, such as the distribution center of chain supermarkets, and supply logistics, such as the spare parts distribution center of manufacturing enterprises. The modern logistics center of Beijing Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is such a typical example. The objectives of the system are to implement the national management and control standard GSP for pharmaceutical logistics, and to optimize the process and improve efficiency. The system functions include purchase management, inventory management, order management, picking, review, distribution, RF terminal management, commodity and location basic information management and other functional modules; Improve the operation control level and task arrangement in the library through networking and digitization. The system has shortened the delivery time by 50%, more than doubled the order processing capacity, and achieved remarkable social benefits. It has become a model of pharmaceutical logistics. This kind of system is mostly used in supply chain management of manufacturing or distribution industry, and it is also the most common type in WMS.

The second kind is the system with the integration of warehousing operation technology as the main goal to solve the problem of integration and optimization between the information systems of various automation equipment. The production logistics information system of the second hot rolling plant of WISCO belongs to this category, The system mainly solves the problems of raw material warehouse (Billet), semi-finished product warehouse (roughing medium and heavy plate) and finished product warehouse The coordinated operation between (finish rolled sheet) will not be able to maintain continuous operation, which will not only vent productivity, but also waste energy. The difficulty of the system is that the logistics system and the respective automatic equipment systems of the steel rolling line should be seamlessly connected, so as to make the inventory become a flow link of the line and an integral part of the inventory operation. Various special equipment WMS is equipped with its own information system. WMS should not only integrate the equipment system, but also integrate the process system, but also integrate into the overall information system of a wider range of enterprises. The processes involved in this kind of system are relatively standardized and professional. They often appear in large ERP systems and become an important part.

The third type is the application system focusing on the operation decision-making of the warehousing industry. Its distinctive feature is that it has a very flexible billing system, an accurate and timely accounting system and a fully functional customer management system to provide decision-making support information for the operation of the warehousing industry. The RT Mart warehouse management system of China Resources Logistics Co., Ltd. is such a case. This kind of system is mostly used in some enterprises that provide public warehouse warehousing services. Its process management and warehousing operations have many technical commonalities and few characteristics, so it has low requirements and is suitable for providing general services to most customers. After adopting a set of WMS suitable for its own characteristics, the company has reduced labor costs, improved warehouse utilization and significantly increased economic benefits.

The fourth category is the application system for the purpose of e-commerce B2C warehouse management. This system focuses on the integration of warehouse management and distribution management, that is, what we usually call WMS + TMS. Most of these systems adopt random storage strategy, and Amazon's system is the most famous. Most of the domestic implementation of well-known foreign manufacturers are third parties. Since R & D is mainly implemented abroad, it will be difficult to customize, and most of them do not really connect TMS with WMS. The e8-dms system of easy mail, which is well integrated with domestic warehouse and distribution, has been adopted in many domestic e-commerce operations such as China Mobile mall. Through the warehouse distribution integration system, the warehousing management, logistics distribution management, customer service management and supply chain visualization of e-commerce can be realized.