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Warehouse Management

How to Improve Stock Control

Warehouse management is a term that refers to the processes and systems that optimise warehouse functions from the time goods or materials enter a warehouse until they move out. This part of the supply chain primarily aims to control the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse and process the associated transactions.

Key Components of Warehouse Management

Warehouse management is comprised of several components:

  • Receiving: This is the first step in warehouse management. It involves the receipt of goods from a supplier, checking it for accuracy and entering the details into a Warehouse Management System (WMS).
  • Put-Away: After receipt, goods are then stored or put away in a designated location. This needs to be done in a way that optimises space and allows for easy retrieval.
  • Inventory Management: This involves tracking goods in the warehouse. It ensures that there is neither an excess nor a shortage of stock.
  • Picking and Packing: These are the processes involved in locating and selecting items from warehouse storage to fulfil orders.
  • Shipping: This is the final step in warehouse management. It involves packing orders for shipment and arranging for their delivery.

More Fulfilment Terms

Cross docking is a logistics process where products received from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with minimal to no handling or storage time. It involves unloading items from an incoming lorry or railway wagon and loading these items directly into outbound lorries, trailers, or railway wagons, with no storage in between.
A stock audit is a process used by businesses to verify the quantity and value of physical stock within their premises.

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