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A warehouse management system is a major investment. Not only in money, but also in time and energy. According to many experts, a WMS implementation is a real cultural change. But when you start, you also want a WMS that's completely up-to-date. Some knowledge of the latest software trends is therefore not a superfluous luxury and you can read below.

Integrated speech recognition

Most warehouse management systems nowadays have the standard speech recognition functionality. Voice-directed warehousing (VDW) entered warehouse environments at the end of the 1990s and means that employees no longer use paper or keyboard to enter orders. Staff is equipped with a headset that's connected to a small device. Through the spoken word they get information where they need to pick up and store which products (picking and putaway). They operate the system by pronouncing short, predefined commands. Because a warehouse employee has his hands and eyes free, his efficiency increases. Moreover, safety is better guaranteed.

Supply chain management

In most cases, modern WMS software has a functionality for supply chain management (SCM). SCM offers an organization a complete overview of the transitions of material, information and cash flows in a production chain: from supplier to manufacturer, to wholesaler, to retail trade and ultimately to the consumer. SCM coordinates goods and money flows, both within and between organizations. The ultimate goal is to have fewer products in stock, while there are always enough products in stock to be able to deliver. Because good supply chain management requires interaction with other parties, a WMS with integrated SCM always has a web interface, or purchased as Software as a Service (SaaS): as a service on the internet.

WMS software with user-friendly interface

Finally, a trend in the development of WMS software is that everyone should be able to work with a WMS solution. A 'user-friendly interface' means that suppliers optimize visualisations in such a way that a WMS can be used 'intuitively' by both management and warehouse staff 'on the shop floor'. A user doesn't have to know exactly what he is doing, as long as he finds out where he has to be.

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