Warehouse logistics is crucial for every company. It is in the warehouse that merchandise is received, allocated, sorted, ready to be shipped. In addition, the logistics processes speeding up, set forth by stock optimization and cost reduction logic, gives rise to the need of localising items clearly an rapidly. Proper management really makes a difference in terms of efficiency!
With this aim, the Warehouse Management System (WMS) is intended to manage goods transfer and putaway within the inventory, towards intermediate bins or towards the end user, including reception, storage, picking , shipping and warehouse planning.
Mago.net WMS is a cutting-edge logistics solution fully integrated with Mago.net modules: so you are provided with a complete navigation between sale, purchase, storage and warehousing documents, fully tracing the information flow. The WMS module is able to map your stock, because it adapts to any structure and company type. Work optimization is done by structuring the warehouse, according to a highly accurate, yet flexible multi-level logical hierarchy (storage, area, section and bin). Zones physically divide the storage into functional areas (for materials acceptance, quality control, storage, return, etc.). Each zone is divided into sections and bins characterized by real addresses, defined by a parameterized system of coordinates. By assigning priorities to different locations, Mago.net WMS defines the optimal path.
For goods movement Mago.net WMS provides you with a new type of entry called Storage Mission. The storage missions are simple entries within the WMS that do not cause any type of slowing down in the management of the storage entries. The missions' independence from the inventory entries make the management more flexible and agile; you can group missions and assign them to one or more operators. In addition, Mago.net WMS is designed to ensure total coherence with the warehouse balance and fiscal storage balance. This is achieved through the definition of areas (called Interim, which are not physical areas, but only logic) that acts as point of contact and verification of correspondence between the two systems, in order to control specific situations, such as negative amount in specific zones.
The goods reception phase addresses a number of needs, related to the fulfillment of your Purchase Orders, the verification of incoming material (which will be eventually sent to Quality Control or become returned material), the packing list generation, packing of the incoming material ready to be putaway (i.e. pallets), or identification of the optimal putaway bins. Mago.net WMS goods receipt procedure is higly flexible in order to meet all possible organizational needs. The goods can be placed in a specific entrance area or be putaway directly into the bins proposed by the system.
To that end, the system is able to take in consideration weight, capacity, and eventually hazardous materials. Thanks to the "putaway strategy" Mago.net WMS can identify the optimal bin in which the incoming goods are to be stored: firstly, the area is determined basing on its priority. Hence, the bin is selected by applying one of the defined strategies (fixed bin per item, next empty bin, etc..). In addition, reading a unique structured bar code, the program is able to retrieve all the information about the item.
Mago.net WMS also allows a proper management of packaging types, even in combination. Alternative measurement units (already found within Mago.net modules, like items, boxes, etc..), are connected by a proportion relationship. The material positioned in each bin is characterized by the measurement unit (hence you can know that the 40 pieces of an item are composed by 3 boxes of 12 pieces and 4 loose items. During the Picking phase, the measurement unit requested will be suggested. Goods being putaway are often positioned in specific structures (pallets, cartons, etc.)., which are then transferred as storage units. Mago.net WMS allows you to create and identify (throughout a special barcode) the storage units along with their transfer as a single unit, maintaining the traceability and identification of the goods contained within. Each storage unit can contain heterogeneous material which is then packed into further storage units.
For a precise identification and traceability, goods placed in WMS are registered with a consistent number of attributes and details, useful both in the transfer and picking phases. Besides using the item code, the goods can be distinguished according to lot, measurement unit, stock type (i.e. subject to Quality Control, unusable, etc.) and possible assigning to third parties (e.g. client or suppliers material) and the Storage Unit in which the material is actually contained in. The availability analysis can therefore take in consideration that the material, also if positioned on rack, can not be picked because needing to be checked, or because deriving from a lot/s which was not requested.
One of the most frequent needs is to manage the supplying of the picking zones. More than often, in fact, not all available material can be kept in the most accessible point for picking, being stored instead elsewhere (i.e.: high racks, front square). To ensure top efficiency and a fast transfer of material, Mago.net WMS provides you with tools that allow planning the supply of picking zones (the so-called "lowering") with a minimal stock management per bin and zone. Specific operation procedures allow to prepare the internal storage transfer orders and include also the possibility to disable or even block single bins or entire zones when they are in need of maintenance.
Mago.net WMS shipping preparation phase brings together the need to control and organize the storage and the need for a simple procedure to be performed in order to speed up the operations and minimise the error risk. Sales Orders are fulfilled, indicating the quantities defined as available for the order fulfillment and the quantities actually available; picking orders are created; the material actually picked, correcting or integrating the actual request; packaging is supported in its preparation shipping unit), with relating documents (i.e. packing list ); bill of ladings are prepared and relating transfer to warehouse of the unloaded consignment, too. Also in this phase, the system is able to determine automatically the optimal bin from which the merchandise is to be picked according to the set picking strategies(FIFO, lot expiry date, first stock available, etc..). The merchandise, once picked, will be positioned in an according issue zone. When the merchandise is ready in the goods issue zone, the packing operations can be accomplished. The Bill of lading document creation is automatic in correspondence to the actually picked. Should you decide that not all the picked material is to be shipped (i.e. problems relating to space, weight, etc.), the goods will remain positioned in the issue area for a future shipment or placed on rack along with a specific mission.
The warehouse inventory is a key feature, since it allows you to keep under constant control the quantities that are effectively present within the storage, and eventually amending the latter. Mago.net WMS includes different inventory management modalities, which can be enabled on a zone level. The Periodic inventory performs a an overall control of the storage, while the' Continuous Inventory allows you to physically check the goods available for a limited zones and bins interval without hence requiring the stoppage of an entire Storage. This makes the procedure particularly fast.
Here's how Mago.net WMS satisfies the logistics needs of both sales&distribution, and manufacturing companies: the whole process is perfectly aligned with Mago.net ERP, from the receipt of the goods in inventory all the way to the moment in which the goods are issued and shipped to the customers.
Streamline stocks, accurately enhances inventory and check each item exact location: you can do everything in a simple and intuitive way thanks to Mago.net WMS.
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