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Inventory Accuracy Captured with Egemin Warehouse Management Systems

A recent issue of the AccountingSoftware 411 regarded warehouse management systems as critical tools to deliver efficient and lean material distribution operation systems. There are few warehouses that actually experience 99.9 percent inventory accuracy, and as many as 35 percent can drive productivity improvements with an automated environment. Egemin is one provider set to extend such benefits to warehouses.

Egemin is a global organization and leading manufacturer of AGV’s and Warehouse Management Systems. All AGV technologies including design, software and support are developed and owned by Egemin and are being used by many Fortune 500 companies.

Mark Stevenson, vice president for Egemin shared in a statement that Warehouse Management systems must link the logistic environment and equipment available in the warehouse and consists of two main modules. Warehouse Management Systems must be specifically designed to work with all forms of automation, as well as forklift truck fleets.

Stevenson has worked with many of the world’s largest corporations, as well as holds a patent as co-inventor of ATL technology. He is considered one of the prominent authorities and experts on design and application of automated trailer loading systems and warehousing automation with automatic guided vehicles.

Automated guided vehicles are the ideal solution for the transport of end-of-line equipment to shipping in distribution centers. WMS solutions are very comprehensive and allow many add on elements that reap the benefits of AGV’s. Such elements consist of track and tracking module, statistical KPI management reporting, trailer patterning, yard management, equipment alarm management, warehouse control systems and satellite storage.

Supported storage methods must be compatible with all basic storage methods, but also support the more complex methods, as well. Stevenson noted that Warehouse Control Systems integrate all automated equipment in a warehouse into one well-oiled and efficient transport system.

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Inventory Accuracy Improved with Warehouse Management Solutions

Warehouse Management Systems know they must deliver efficient material distribution operations systems and must do so through unparallel personnel, inventory and management of equipment.

Few warehouses experience the 99.9 percent inventory accuracy that Warehouse Management Systems strives for with up to 35 percent productivity improvement from an automation environment.

Mark Stevenson is the Vice President for Egemin Automation, Inc., a global provider of Automatic Guided Vehicle Systems, Material Handling and Automation solutions. Stevenson has twenty years of experience working with some of the world’s largest corporations on design and implementation of automatic guided vehicle systems and he holds a patent as co-inventor of ATL technology.

Stevenson is recognized as one of the foremost authorities and subject matter experts on application and design of automated trailer loading systems and warehousing automation of automatic guided vehicles. He says Warehouse Management Systems must be specifically designed to work with all forms of automation, as well as forklift truck fleets.

Some key factors to focus on improving inventory accuracy are Core Inventory Management, Order Management and Automatic Storage Applications with AGV’s. Core Inventory Management is an inventory management module that stores product according to the carrier and compartment number, product attributes, storage zone, etc. Orders need to be automatically reallocated to other carriers in cases of unexpected product shortages.

Order Management is a warehouse order management module that must assign orders to resources based on their priority, due-out time and order reception time. The WMS solution must also support order-picking concepts.

Examples of Automatic Storage Applications with AGV’s include block storage of pallets, containers, racks, boxes and tubs, pallet storage in warehouse racks, vertical storage of reels and horizontal storage of reels in cradles.

Stevenson suggests Warehouse Control Systems integrate all automated equipment in the warehouse into one well-oiled, efficient transport system in order to operate most effectively.

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MAM Warehouse Management Solutions Selected by GROUPAUTO

MAM Software Ltd. has recently announced the GROUPAUTO UK and Ireland Ltd. have chosen to install Autopart WMS at its Distribution Center that opens in June 2011.

MAM Software Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of MAM Software Group, Inc. and they are a supplier of business and ERP supply chain management solutions to automotive parts manufacturers, distributors and retailers.

The Group provides the automotive aftermarket with a combination of business management systems, information products, and online services that together deliver benefits for all parts involved in the timely repair of a vehicle.

This new warehouse management system will help GROUPAUTO with the flow of goods throughout its Distribution Center so that it can optimize management of all the activities from goods receiving and put away to picking, packing and shipment.

GROUPAUTO UK and Ireland is a fully incorporated trading group with over 350 distributor members and 580 outlets. They are part of the European-wide GROUPAUTO International that provides a range of services from parts manufacturers, distributors and garages.

Autopart WMS is a specialized edition of MAM Software’s retail/wholesale application and will provide GROUPAUTO with comprehensive inventory management functions such as wireless data capture, location mapping, load planning and carrier integration.

After reviewing many options, GROUPAUTO chose MAM’s Autopart solution because it is a well known product that is used widely through the group’s membership. Autopart allows members to connect to the Distribution Center easily to inquire about stock and prices and to place orders.

Jim Mazza, the Managing Director of GROUPAUTO, says there were many options presented to them and they chose Autopart WMS because it was strategically the best fit for the business.

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Alibaba Launches Logistics Warehouse Management

Alibaba.com Ltd formally launched Fulfillment by AliExpress in April 2010, a new logistics and shipping service provided by a third-party partner for buyers using the AliExpress wholesale e-commerce platform.

As a result of this launch, small businesses using AliExpress will be able to combine multiple orders into one cost-reducing international shipment, as well as track and verify those orders from China-based suppliers using a single online interface prior to shipment.

Currently there are more than 10 million listed products from over 40 categories and there is no minimum order quantity associated with this service. International small to medium businesses will save up to 30 percent off total shipping costs when using Fulfillment by AliExpress. Businesses can order a single product or multiple products from different suppliers, giving their business the flexibility it needs.

AliExpress customers will be able to check on delivery or track shipments online and make it much easier to manage international shipping. This will help them extend international buying power and ship their business-critical goods easily and conveniently.

Alibaba continues to be known globally in e-commerce for small businesses and for being the flagship company of the Alibaba Group. They were founded in 1999 in Hangzhou, China and are available to millions of buyers and suppliers around the world. Their customers are able to do business online through three different marketplaces.

Together, these marketplaces serve a community of more than 56 million registered users in over 240 countries and regions. Alibaba is confident they provide top educational services to incubate enterprise management and e-commerce professionals across the globe.

David Wei, the CEO of Alibaba.com, stated that AliExpress was designed to give even the smallest of businesses a competitive global trade advantage. Alibaba is able to do this by offering better prices on smaller-quantity orders and making shipping and delivering as simple as possible.

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Clydebuilt Solutions Warehouse Management Software Delivers Value for Transport Company

Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd is a family owned and operated storage and distribution company located in the Northwest. Established in 1956, they were recently approached by the UK’s leading towbar manufacturers, Witter Tow Bars, who were looking to change their outsourced warehousing services.

Having selected Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd to manage their warehouse operations, one of Witters’ main requirements was to have links created between the warehouse and their sales and order processing system.

The solution, LocateIT, by warehouse management software provider Clydebuilt Solutions Ltd was selected. Witter made this selection of the Clydebuilt solution due to the company’s reputation as a leading warehouse management software provider.

As customers were becoming more demanding and increasingly approaching partners with requests that had to be delivered on now, timetables were tight. Witter Tow Bars knew when they approached Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd that like many, they had a tight schedule. In this particular case, they were looking to move their stock in within two weeks.

Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd and Clydebuilt worked together proactively to organize a plan for the implementation, including everything needed from process organization to racking location labels and hardware. Clydebuilt also worked closely with mobile computing manufacturer Belgravium and within 9 days, pallets of serialized product started arriving in the thousands.

Clydebuilt and Belgravium staff worked closely with both Edwin C Farrall Transport Ltd staff and those of Witter Towbars to ensure that in 2 weeks after the initial contact – the system went live. Executives with both Witter Tow Bars and Clydebuilt expressed how quickly everything came together due to the ability of the companies to work well together.

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Oracle’s Warehouse Management Helps The Ottawa Hospital Run Smoothly

While you probably wouldn’t think that a warehouse management system made to help warehouses run smoothly would be much use to anyone outside of the manufacturing industry, hospitals in France and Canada have integrated an Oracle warehouse management solution in hopes of running more efficiently. The software is not used to help track patients but rather to make sure that the hospital is supplied correctly and more efficiently.

The Ottawa Hospital created a Supply Chain Strategic Plan to improve the efficiency of delivering Material Management services to and to create a benchmark cost within the hospital industry. The plan was focused around seven key factors all aimed at lowering supply chain management costs and providing better patient care.

The hospital implemented Oracle’s e-commerce solution to improve receiving materials by enabling full electronic integration and increased collaboration with suppliers.  The Ottawa hospital is in a position to set the standard in efficiency to the other 17 hospitals in the area and if the internal changes are more efficient, they will play a huge role in getting the

The Ottawa Hospital implemented Oracle’s warehouse management software last year knowing that the hospitals needs are different from those of a traditional warehouse.  But like a traditional warehouse, the Ottawa Hospital barcodes and scans the stock it receives and distributes them out of the warehouse. From there, the goods are picked and put on carts that take the goods to storage units. The Ottawa Hospital has approximately 800 storage units containing inventory from the original shipment.

As with a traditional warehouse, the Ottawa Hospital relies on the warehouse management software to keep track of inventory. Because the main goal of implementing the warehouse management system was to make sure that the inventory on the carts is correct, it was critical for the hospital to make sure that the min/max levels of the carts was 100% correct. If the inventory on a cart is below the minimum requirement, the warehouse management software automatically triggers the Ottawa Hospital’s ordering system.

While the Ottawa Hospital is definitely focused on providing the best care to its patients, they are also taking strides to help reduce the spending of the hospital, thanks to keeping a proper inventory of supplies in the warehouse management software.

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