Grand Rapids, MI -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/17/2016 -- viastore SYSTEMS offers waveless picking, considered the evolution of wave picking. A 'wave" is a grouping or batch of work released for picking based on common parameters. A wave may be organized around common stock keeping units (SKUs), commonality in the locations SKUs are stored within, shipping deadlines, common carriers, and common sorting or kitting processes the batch of work needs to flow through.
Once a company decides to go waveless, the main elements needed are twofold. First, a WES is needed. WES is used to describe the hybrid of WCS and WMS capabilities needed for today's dynamic fulfillment operations. WES is a tightly integrated combination of Warehouse Management (WMS) and Warehouse Control (WCS) Systems that work in unison to manage work throughout the entire distribution center, including picking, packing, automation, etc.
This allows for real-time connectivity to all of a DC's labor and automated material handling equipment. The WES needs this real-time visibility to orchestrate work and manage material flow. Trying to connect multiple legacy control systems to a warehouse management system (WMS) won't be real-time enough to smoothly coordinate waveless operations.
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About viastore SYSTEMS, Inc.
For over 40 years, viastore SYSTEMS, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore's focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil.
viastore SYSTEMS, with North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, (http://www.us.viastore.com) is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore SYSTEMS earned a return spot on Food Logistics' 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. viastore SYSTEMS is a proud member of MHI.
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