A WMS is a software application that manages the day-to-day operations of a warehouse or distribution center. A comprehensive WMS typically includes functionality such as inventory management, order management, receiving and putaway, picking and packing, shipping, and space management.
Hardware such as barcode scanners, mobile computers, and RFID readers are used to capture data in real-time. The data is then processed by the WMS software, which uses algorithms to optimize the movement of goods and manage inventory levels. The WMS software is typically integrated with other systems such as ERP or transportation management systems to provide a seamless flow of information between systems. The use of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning is becoming increasingly popular in WMS, enabling further automation and optimization of warehouse operations.