Modern warehouse and distribution systems constitute highly complex nodes within the value-added supply chain and have to meet a variety of requirements with regard to time, costs and quality. The efficient operation of such systems is a continuous challenge for anyone in charge. Recent developments of advanced computerbased control technologies provide the necessary control and management systems (Warehouse Management Systems, WMS). Nevertheless, due to the high complexity users often find it hard to handle. The design, choice and operation of a WMS requires an extensive know-how and experience because of the large variety of solutions and system requirements. This book gives an overview of possible solutions and helps to make the right choice. It presents the background, potentials but also risks and strategies. It sets the basis for comparisons for all those readers who are responsible for the evaluation and specification of warehouse management systems. Furthermore, it is meant as basic support for students and interested beginners. This book is based on practical knowledge without neglecting the basic context or implying special technical knowledge. Some basic processes and technologies which are required for a better understanding are described in detail. System-developers find some new ideas when problems and limits of current developments are discussed. New approaches with regard to the structure and design of WMS are presented.
With the book the customer receives a simple and well documented WMS based on the open-source initiative myWMS. The software can be operated on a common PC independent of the platform and without any obligatory user login data. Thus, the operation, function and benefits of a WMS can be visualized.