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Warehouse Management Systems Read the following two articles in ProQuest along with the others in the background materials: Forger, Gary (2005, Apr.) “Kirkland`s New Home,” Modern Materials Handling (Warehousing Management Edition), Boston Vol60, Iss. 4: pg 22. Click here for ProQuest article. Abstract (Summary) Modern Material Handling`s annual Productivity Achievement Awards honor three companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems. Modern`s Editorial Advisory Board chose this year`s winners from more than 20 candidates. Companies were judged for their ability to deliver top-level customer service, respond rapidly to changing conditions, deliver orders that meet customer requirements, and improve their operations. New is what home decor retailer Kirkland`s is all about. "At any time, 70% of the SKUs [stock keeping units] in our DC are new items," says Todd Weier, vice president of logistics. "We didn`t have a warehouse management system (WMS) or any mechanized equipment to manage and move inventory," says Weier. All that has changed since Kirkland`s consolidated the three warehouses into a single 770,000 square foot DC. It used to take three days to pick a single SKU for all stores. Now, that can be done in a day. That change has had a strong impact on retail stores. Before, each store had its own mini-warehouses of 500 to 5,000 square feet. Now, almost all of those satellite facilities have been eliminated, resulting in more inventory than ever arriving at stores directly from the DC. In addition, distribution productivity has improved considerably. Throughput by shift has increased 40%. Last year`s peak shipments to stores for the holiday season moved from August to November. Napolitano, Maida, (2007, Dec.) “Value Turns Warehouse into DCs” Modern Material Handling (Warehousing Management Edition). Boston: Dec 2007, Vol. 62, Iss 13, pg.55. Click here for ProQuest article. Abstract (Summary) The warehouse has certainly entered an evolutionary process. It is no longer a four-walled beast intended to store "mistakes" in forecasting - called inventory - but is now an entity morphing into a more appropriately named "distribution center" (DC) designed to better enable product flow, and to reduce-even eliminate-storage. According to Don Derewecki, president of Gross & Associates (G&A;&A), a logistics consulting firm based in Woodbridge, NJ, 80% of respondents are currently dealing with some form of value-added services (VAS) in their DCs. VAS is a collection of specific requirements mandated by customers, involving additional processing of a product or an order, above and beyond the simple picking of the product for an order. The results of Logistics Management`s 2nd Annual Warehouse Operations Survey show VAS is rapidly becoming the norm rather than exception. With the rise of VAS, small manufacturing cells are inevitably making their way into the layout of what were once pure storage and distribution operations. This year`s survey, based on the responses of more than 750 Logistics Management readers (79 percent of whom are mid-level or upper level logistics and supply chain managers), uncovered even more illuminating details regarding today`s distribution centers. This article describes what today`s distribution center looks like, how operations are changing, expounds on the importance of productivity rewards, assesses the role of technology, dissects the impact of the green movement, and shares how logistics professionals are preparing to meet future DC demands. Assignment: Based on the readings write a paper discussing contemporary warehousing functions and Warehouse Management Systems. Assignment Expectations: Be sure to include discussion of the following: Contrast the differences between contemporary warehousing functions versus those of the recent past (25 years ago). Explain the role and importance Value Added Services (VAS), Cross-Docking and other innovations play in contemporary Warehouse Management Systems (WMS). Assess if Kirkland?s new warehousing operations exemplifies a ?state-of-the-art? warehouse. The paper should be 3-4 pages.
Contemporary Warehousing Functions and Warehouse Management Systems Name: Grade Course: Tutor`s Name: (12, April, 2011) Contemporary Warehousing Functions and Warehouse Management Systems Introduction Warehousing is where the goods are stored for profit purpose. Warehouse on the other hand is the physical location where storage of goods is kept to be eventually disbursed to customers or in other business (Berg, & Jeroen, 2007). This can also be known as distribution center. Warehousing management is the coordination operation of the incoming goods, storage and tracking of goods and eventually distributing them properly to their final destination. Warehousing management system (WMS) is a supply chain that is used with an aim of controlling goods movement and their storage within the warehouse. It includes associated transactions that are shipping, receiving, put away and picking. This system usually uses real-time information to optimize put away stock in the utilization of bin status. Through this, WMS uses Auto ID Data Capture (AIDC) technology. This can be scanners, mobile computers, wireless Local Area Networks (LAN) or Radio-frequency Identification, to monitor efficiently the flow of the products (Obal, 2007). After collecting these data, it can either be synchronized in batch form or through real-time transmission that is wireless to the central database. From the database, useful reports that pertains the s...

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