Today, many companies have decided to implement warehouse management systems (WMS). The overall goal of the WMS is simple: optimize all warehouse functions and processes. 

Receipts – Functions that include physically receiving materials, verifying delivery compliance with orders, identifying and shipping to destinations, and generating reports for acceptance. You can also explore more about the warehouse management system via

Placement – This means that materials are moved from the dock (or other receiving location), moved to a storage location, placed in the stacking area, and then placed in a specific location and their movement is recorded as well as the location where the material is placed.

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Selection – Selects a specific quantity of product to be placed in the packaging area (usually in response to one or more delivery orders) and documents that materials have been removed from the ship site.

Consolidated Placement and Routing – This is the physical movement of material from a packing area to a prep area according to a set of prescribed instructions for a specific outbound vehicle or delivery route, often for the purpose of consolidating shipments.

Inventory Cycle Count – This is a technique for checking inventory accuracy by reporting inventory based on a cycle schedule rather than once a year. The cycle inventory count is usually determined on a regular basis.

The most efficient cycle counting systems require counting the number of items per working day, with each item counting multiple times. The main purpose of cycle counting is to identify defective items and thus begin researching, identifying, and eliminating the causes of failure.