Warehouse Execution Systems Allows Combination of WMS and WCS Functionalities
Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/13/2015 -- Brian Reinhart, Bastian Solutions Logistics Consultant, discussed in the company blog, how Warehouse Execution Systems (WES) allows companies to combine the WMS and WCS functionalities that fit business needs. Reinhart noted distribution centers, order-fulfillment centers, and warehouses have traditionally implemented some combination of three different types of software systems: Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP); Warehouse Management Systems (WMS); and Warehouse Control Systems (WCS) to manage the facility.
From a high-level view, lines of responsibility typically fall as follows:
- ERP: Sales; Procurement; Production; Distribution; Accounting; Human Resource; Customer Services; etc.
- WMS: Transportation; Inbound Processing; Inventory Storage & Management; Order Management & Fulfillment; Shipping; etc.
- WCS: Automation Control; Order Routing; Quality Control; Statistics Tracking and Monitoring; etc.
Warehouse Management Systems and Warehouse Control Systems have overlapping components that can be combined to create a customized solution. This practice is also the premise of today's Warehouse Execution Systems.
Warehouse Management Systems and Warehouse Controls Systems are not a one-size-fits-all product. WMS and WCS providers should work with users to determine what aspects of the systems are needed for each situation. A Warehouse Control System that controls inventory within a facility is a wonderful concept that a lot of businesses use today. A Warehouse Management System that helps control automation can certainly be called a "Warehouse Execution System," but really it is a customized integration that was uniquely designed to fit a particular user's needs.
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