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WCS warehouse management system automates supply chain

Steve Rogerson
July 14, 2015
 
Worldwide Chain Stores (WCS) has introduced the CSnx warehouse management system to let organisations automate, diagnose and seamlessly manage the supply chain from procurement of inventory through to management of the warehouse. It is said to help reduce inventory, manage staff and improve customer satisfaction while increasing product availability.
 
A web-based tool, its capabilities include stockless operations, voice, storage algorithms, perpetual inventory and cycle counting, labour management, and asset tracking. The open architecture and integration capability also means it can support trends such as BYOD and the IoT, as the need for these grow.
 
The system provides complete supply chain management functionality but allows customers to adopt as little or as much of it as desired based on their business requirements. For instance, a customer can begin with the core warehouse management software and integrate modules for procurement, voice or labour management as the business need for such functionality is required. This ability to pick and choose modules ultimately allows customers to scale costs.
 
“The modular nature of the product means it’s incredibly scalable,” said Andrew Boake, CTO at UK-based WCS. “Implementing a fully-functional warehouse management system can seem overwhelming for some organisations, however with CSnx we offer the unique opportunity of taking a phased approach. That means customers can start with simple warehouse management then deploy additional components like voice RF and asset tracking as and when the functionality is needed.”
 
CSnx lets organisations manage the supply chain from procurement of inventory through to management of the warehouse, while providing the capability to manage the workforce at reduced costs. The warehouse management functionality spans: receipt scheduling; receiving; space optimisation; value-added services; cross-docking; pick-by-line and flow-through; inter-site transfers; managed forward pick replenishments; and inventory control and cycle counting in real time. For outbound operations, the system improves transport planning and order processing and optimises picking, packing and loading through to shipment of merchandise. 
 
As the industry faces both existing and new compliance requisites including the likes of labour, bonded, financial and food safety related regulations, it can report to the various authorities in the needed format as well as maintain audit trails as evidence, in turn reducing risk to the business. Its open architecture also accommodates any changes to regulatory controls or compliance.
 
“We have been working within the industry for nearly 40 years, with some of the largest organisations across the globe in a variety of industry sectors,” said Josh Makan, CEO of WCS. “In the development of CSnx we have leveraged our heritage, skills and expertise across those 40 years to bring a solution to market that suits our customers needs both today and in the future. I strongly believe that with CSnx we are well positioned to disrupt a market sector that is served by lacklustre products and solutions, with a functionally rich product, at a competitive price point.”