WMS Software - Inventory Management

Listed below are some of the features of Foxfire's Warehouse Management Software. With a WMS, users at warehouses can focus on and streamline labeling, material handling, directed putaway, and inventory tracking. For more specific information about Foxfire WMS or WMS Express, see the details below, call Foxfire at 1.864.868.5243, or contact us.

Material Handling, Inventory Management

Inventory Management is handled both through Foxfire WMS user-interface screens and RF handheld devices. Authorized material-handlers have the ability to adjust inventory quantities up or down, consume or void inventory items, mark items as 'Lost', and assign SKUs to locations via the user-interface screens on their PCs. Conversely, material handlers use RF devices to perform procedures that require interaction with the physical inventory in the DC environment.

Directed Putaway

Putaway operations are used to 'locate' inventory into storage locations within the DC after the inventory has been 'received' using WMS receiving processes. Inventory items are putaway into locations (pick lanes, flow racks, bulk, reserve, etc.) by material-handlers using RF handheld devices and remain there until selected by Foxfire's WMS allocation processes to fulfill customer orders or for replenishment. According to inventory configurations, skids and LPNs are available for 'putaway', as well as LPNs being removed from skids and individually placed into locations. Foxfire's WMS handles 'directed putaway,' if predefined by the user -- supplying the material-handler a designated location where the inventory should be placed. 'Non-directed putaway' is also available, where the material-handler selects an appropriate location and provides that location to the system. Likewise, 'suggested putaway' provides an appropriate location which can be overridden if a more suitable location is identified. The putaway process may be initiated at the receiving area directly to the final storage location. Otherwise, Foxfire's WMS provides a 'two-stage putaway' process where the inventory is dropped off at an intermediate 'staging' location for later putaway. QC designated inventory is directed to QC locations to optimize quality control procedures.

The Foxfire's WMS putaway process utilizes pre-defined putaway control setting, location thresholds for minimum/maximum capacity and storage type, along with location SKU restrictions and zoning preferences to determine the most appropriate location to assign for putaway. Consolidation of partial pallets during putaway, directed transfers to outside warehouses, and user-configurable traversal routes minimize travel time through aisles and racking — making the putaway process as systematic and efficient as possible.

Inventory Tracking

Foxfire inventory management is handled both through WMS user interface screens and RF handheld devices. Authorized DC staff can adjust inventory quantities up or down, consume or void inventory items, mark items as 'Lost', and assign SKUs to locations via user interface screens on their PCs. Conversely, material-handlers use RF devices to perform procedures that require interaction with the physical inventory in the DC environment such as splitting and combining inventory, moving inventory, and cycle-counting inventory for verification. Foxfire WMS maintains a comprehensive audit trail of inventory movement and status as well as providing appropriate inventory transactions for export to the host.

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