Warehouse Control System vs. Warehouse Management System
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There are several misconceptions about the functionalities and capabilities of a WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEM as compared to a WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. A WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM is a planning system designed to manage movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and distribution center. Despite being an extremely valuable resource in warehousing and distribution operations, customizing a WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM to control warehouse automation and material handling subsystems can not only be very expensive and time consuming, but also jeopardize future WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM upgrades. To address this issue, many companies are now turning to the WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEM.
A WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEM, on the other hand, is an execution system designed to direct real-time activities within a warehouse and distribution center. A WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEM provides a single point of connection between a WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, ERP and/or host system and the “shop floor”, ensuring all floor activities are running smoothly, maximizing the efficiency of operators as well as warehouse automation and material handling subsystems such as Pick to Light, Voice Picking, RF, Conveyor Systems, Sortation Systems, Automated Labeling Equipment etc.
The WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEM landscape is changing rapidly, whereby the new breed of WAREHOUSE CONTROL SYSTEMS is equipped to handle most of the WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM functions and more, but at a much lower cost.
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