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WCS software: the solution for better management and synergy in the warehouse

WCS software : how it works and its features.

Warehouse Control System (WCS) software is a computerised system designed to control and supervise day-to-day operations within a warehouse or distribution centre. Its deployment meets a number of strategic objectives, all aimed at increasing productivity.

WCS software integrates easily with other warehouse management systems, such as WMS (Warehouse Management System), ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or TMS (Transportation Management System). The combination of their functionalities provides a global view of the supply chain, which is a major competitive advantage in a constantly evolving market.

From optimising workflows and operational efficiency to significantly reducing picking errors, WCS software represents a new era in logistics management, where IT technology meets the demands of performance and quality.

Main features of WCS software

Optimised task management

WCS software manages and organises all warehouse activities, from goods receipt to dispatch. By optimally allocating tasks to the available resources, the system adapts to the priorities set, guaranteeing smooth, efficient execution.

Coordination of automated systems

WCS software supervises the warehouse’s automated equipment, including conveyors, sorting machines and order-picking robots. Its role is to ensure harmonious coordination between these different systems in order to optimise goods handling and make the most of their efficiency.

Workflow optimisation

It optimises warehouse workflows to minimise operator movements and increase operational performance. It establishes the most optimised routes for order preparation or stock replenishment.

Real-time stock management

WCS software ensures complete traceability of warehouse stocks by recording all incoming and outgoing flows of goods. This overview enables proactive stock management, better anticipation of stock shortages and maximum optimisation of storage space.

Operations planning

WCS software plans upcoming operations based on demand, delivery times and availability of goods. It optimizes the use of resources and minimizes waiting times. Thanks to this anticipation, the average duration of an order preparation cycle is reduced by 15%.

Reporting and analysis

In addition to monitoring, WCS collects data and generates detailed reports on warehouse performance, based on defined key performance indicators (KPIs). These reports include, among other things, information on order processing times, equipment utilization, picking error rates and merchandise availability. These essential indicators provide managers with the information necessary to make the right decisions.

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Why integrate WCS software into your WMS?

WMS controls and optimizes processes such as inventory, order and location management. The WCS coordinates and optimizes automated equipment. Their synergy ensures the synchronization of all stages of the supply chain, from receipt to shipment, leading to reduced operational costs and reduced downtime.

The interconnectivity between WCS and WMS enables real-time data exchange, ensuring that information on inventory, orders and goods movements is constantly updated. This instant visibility is critically important for warehouse managers, who operate in a changing environment and must adapt quickly to new situations.

Why integrate WCS software into your ERP?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems form the backbone of overall business processes, covering inventory management, ordering and accounting. WCS software integration allows real-time monitoring of warehouse operations such as picking, packing and shipping, ensuring optimal coordination with other company departments.

By combining the features of WCS software with those of an ERP, businesses can better manage their resources, including equipment, labor and materials. Warehouse operational efficiency is thus optimized by reducing errors and increasing data accuracy.

Why integrate WCS software into your TMS?

TMS (Transportation Management System) is software used to plan, execute and optimize the movement of goods. In particular, he manages route planning.

Its integration with WCS software is a crucial element for synchronizing and prioritizing the flow of goods within the warehouse according to their final destination. Thanks to data flows between the two systems, WCS software allows production to be quickly adjusted in response to logistical constraints such as truck availability or delivery times.

The advantages of WCS software

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increased productivity

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reduction of picking errors

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reduction of operational costs

WCS software by Transitic: Open WCS

Transitic has developed Open WCS, an agnostic software suite that provides control and supervision of automated systems. This open source solution guarantees optimal coordination of automated processes. Flexible and operational, Open WCS adapts to all existing or future systems.

With its ergonomic and highly customizable interface, its multi-media access and its ability to anticipate anomalies, Open WCS is at the forefront of software innovation to meet the needs of tomorrow’s industry.

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