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Branschvertikaler inom lagerhantering och hur de påverkar WMS

Håkansson, Joel and Jönsson, Fredrik (2008) MIO920
Production Management
Abstract
Warehouse management is the science of optimizing warehouse activity with
the intention of reducing inventory holding costs and increasing material
throughput. A warehouse management system (WMS) is an IT system used
to support warehouse processes and ensure a smooth ow of material. The
main objectives of the WMS are to keep track of inventory levels and distribute
tasks to warehouse sta. The system has an overview of the material
ow and controls which tasks should be carried out and when, based on
decision rules and mathematical models. General warehousing operations
managed by WMS include: goods reception, put away, replenishment, stock
taking, picking, packing and loading.
There are considerable dierences in the way companies... (More)
Warehouse management is the science of optimizing warehouse activity with
the intention of reducing inventory holding costs and increasing material
throughput. A warehouse management system (WMS) is an IT system used
to support warehouse processes and ensure a smooth ow of material. The
main objectives of the WMS are to keep track of inventory levels and distribute
tasks to warehouse sta. The system has an overview of the material
ow and controls which tasks should be carried out and when, based on
decision rules and mathematical models. General warehousing operations
managed by WMS include: goods reception, put away, replenishment, stock
taking, picking, packing and loading.
There are considerable dierences in the way companies manage their
warehouse activity. In order to full customer needs, vendors of WMS must
provide a wide variety of IT solutions and a system that is adaptable for different
business requirements. It is therefore important to understand which
requirements exist for dierent types of businesses. In this thesis we have
identied certain patterns in how companies with similar characteristics manage
warehouse activities. We have also evaluated if business specic versions
of WMS should be developed in order to reduce the cost of adapting a standard
system for every new customer.
The thesis has been conducted at Consafe Logistics in Lund and most
of the studies are based on customer data provided by the company. The
information has been gathered by both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Consafe Logistics has a relatively wide range of customers in dierent
business areas, which indicates that the results are valid for warehousing in
general.
The study shows many industry similarities but also considerable inconsistencies
within business verticals. We therefore conclude that business speci
c versions of WMS are not suitable solutions from a system design point
of view. Instead, system oriented architecture (SOA) is recommended. The
base of the solution is to put all customer specic development in a SOA
library from where it can be retrieved and reused when needed. This implies
a generic system design, standardized development processes, comprehensive
documentation and a thorough understanding of the supply chain requirements
of dierent businesses. (Less)
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author
Håkansson, Joel and Jönsson, Fredrik
supervisor
organization
course
MIO920
year
type
M1 - University Diploma
subject
keywords
WMS, Warehouse Management, Warehouse Management System, Warehouse Theory
other publication id
08/5311
language
Swedish
id
1979547
date added to LUP
2011-06-20 11:03:43
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  abstract     = {Warehouse management is the science of optimizing warehouse activity with
the intention of reducing inventory holding costs and increasing material
throughput. A warehouse management system (WMS) is an IT system used
to support warehouse processes and ensure a smooth ow of material. The
main objectives of the WMS are to keep track of inventory levels and distribute
tasks to warehouse sta. The system has an overview of the material
ow and controls which tasks should be carried out and when, based on
decision rules and mathematical models. General warehousing operations
managed by WMS include: goods reception, put away, replenishment, stock
taking, picking, packing and loading.
There are considerable dierences in the way companies manage their
warehouse activity. In order to full customer needs, vendors of WMS must
provide a wide variety of IT solutions and a system that is adaptable for different
business requirements. It is therefore important to understand which
requirements exist for dierent types of businesses. In this thesis we have
identied certain patterns in how companies with similar characteristics manage
warehouse activities. We have also evaluated if business specic versions
of WMS should be developed in order to reduce the cost of adapting a standard
system for every new customer.
The thesis has been conducted at Consafe Logistics in Lund and most
of the studies are based on customer data provided by the company. The
information has been gathered by both qualitative and quantitative methods.
Consafe Logistics has a relatively wide range of customers in dierent
business areas, which indicates that the results are valid for warehousing in
general.
The study shows many industry similarities but also considerable inconsistencies
within business verticals. We therefore conclude that business speci
c versions of WMS are not suitable solutions from a system design point
of view. Instead, system oriented architecture (SOA) is recommended. The
base of the solution is to put all customer specic development in a SOA
library from where it can be retrieved and reused when needed. This implies
a generic system design, standardized development processes, comprehensive
documentation and a thorough understanding of the supply chain requirements
of dierent businesses.},
  author       = {Håkansson, Joel and Jönsson, Fredrik},
  keyword      = {WMS,Warehouse Management,Warehouse Management System,Warehouse Theory
},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Branschvertikaler inom lagerhantering och hur de påverkar WMS},
  year         = {2008},
}