While automation offers advantages in the areas of dock management, put-away, sortation, picking and tracking, deploying such tools in managing the warehouse often requires both a warehouse control system (WCS) and a warehouse management system (WMS).
An article in the January/February Food Logistics reports software providers encourage users to take a comprehensive view of business management software. Just as WCS and WMS have evolved over time, so have transportation management systems and demand planning and fulfillment applications. Each solution has the ability to react and respond to supply chain disruptions as they occur. But each also traditionally operates within a “silo” and does not take into account the constraints across the different application areas.
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