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INFORMATION CONNECTS

Oracle Warehousing Solution

Logistics for Perfect Order Fulfillment

One of the things we really like


about the warehouse management
system is the ability to configure
based on the rules system instead
of having to do very expensive
customizations.
When our distribution folks get to a
location and expect inventory to be
there, it is.
Steve Drucker, Manager of
Global Business Systems,
Fellowes, Inc.

Oracle Warehousing Solution


ADAPT to Volatility and Innovation
Dynamically handle business changes and process exceptions
Enable Voice, RFID and Warehouse Automation Equipment
Comply with changing customer and industry demands and requirements
Warehouses are at the convergence of demand and supply chains. Therefore,
warehouse management is critical to demand and supply management.
Complex warehouse operations must adapt quickly and easily to changes.
Oracle Warehouse Management System (WMS) brings operational flexibility
via its rules-based architecture. Each enterprise configures rules to support
their unique business processes. As needs change, these rules are reconfigured to support new business processes. When new large-scale
changes are required, WMS delivers a complete integration framework that
supports all emerging technologies including voice RFID, and integration to
automated material handling equipment.

ADAPT

CONVERGE Multiple Supply Chain Processes


Support distribution operations for retail, wholesale, industrial and
ecommerceas well as manufacturing including process, discrete and flow
Drive warehouse activities based on an optimal shipment plan delivered by
Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) and other transportation systems
Execute paperless transactions with robust mobile support
Warehouses are part of extended supply chain processes comprising
transportation management, procurement, manufacturing, order management,
spare parts and repair operations, asset management, and maintenance.
WMS leverages these applications to provide optimized execution of materials

CONVERGE

handling transactions on mobile terminals to deliver best in class processes.

SCALE in Complexity from Small to Large Operations


Achieve perfect order fulfillment
Deliver accurate and real-time information in a global environment
Optimize warehouse resources using best warehouse practices
Customers demand the goods they want, when they want them, in perfect
condition and to their unique specifications.

Warehouses must handle

more items, with greater velocity, and in smaller order quantities. To address

SCALE

these challenges, businesses need a robust and scalable solution. Oracle


offers a broad range of materials management functionality from basic to the
most advanced warehousing capabilities (see highlights below) to improve
operations, and reduce overall warehousing and distribution costs.

A solution that is right for your businessnow and later backed by continued
investment on innovation from the largest enterprise software company

Warehouse Complexity

High

Low

Automated Facilities, Sensors


and Devices Warehouse
Control System
Automate physical inventory handling

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Warehouse Management System


Implement a true execution system using
system directed tasks and task management

RF / Barcode Only Mobile Supply Chain Application


Improve accuracy and reduce latency of existing transactions

Desktop System Inventory


Record transactions and track balances

Small

Transaction Volume

Large

Oracle Inventory is useful in relatively lower complexity warehouses with low volume of material transactions. It is typically
deployed in a desktop environment away from the actual point of use. For more complex environments, you need a realtime transaction execution system offered by Oracle WMS and MSCA.

Warehouse Management System

shipments and increase profit margins. It has an autogenerated license plate number capability which groups
unlike or like items based on a criteria, thus improving
material traceability. The rules engine is a unique
functionality that enhaces operational flexibility. The
Oracle labor management feature provides valuable
analytics to help distribution managers optimize their
resources and track user performance. Distributed
deployment of WMS is the latest capability of Oracle
WMS. It helps leverage latest features in Oracle WMS
with older EBS or other ERP systems.

Oracle WMS is a next-generation warehousing solution,


and includes an excellent task management system. It is
an absolutely paper-free solution for your warehouse,
and includes robust support for mobile transactions. It is
capable of handling warehouse envrionments where
transaction volumes are high, business process is
complex and pressure is growing to improve on-time

The Warehouse Control System (WCS) is an added


module to Oracle WMS that facilities handling of
automated equipments without human interaction. It
helps warehouses achieve complete or partial
automation.
Oracle WMS also offers out of the box
RFID functionality for very advanced warehouses.

Mobile Supply Chain Applications (MSCA)


Oracle MSCA provides features over and above the
desktop-based functionality provided by Oracle Inventory
by enabling support for mobile transactions using
handheld devices. With increasing transaction volume
and order complexity, Oracle MSCA supplements Oracle
Inventory. It takes Oracle Inventory to the next level by
barcoding and label printing capabilities.

Temporary warehouse workers can be made productive within a day since the system directs them what to do.
Previously they would need to be trained in both product recognition and warehouse layout to be able to find product and
pick orders. Dermot Reddin, Warehouse Manager at The Denby Pottery Company Ltd.

Key Features

Oracle WMS Highlights

DISTRIBUTED WMS
Integrate with any EBS release and
other ERP systems

Distributed Deployment of Oracle WMS: Customers can deploy WMS to


power global operations independent of other enterprise systems, making it
possible to leverage the latest features in WMS but with older EBS
installations or other ERP systems. Distributed WMS also ensures greater
availability of WMS as it is an always on solution that is unaffected by the
network connection or the availability of the ERP system.

INBOUND LOGISTICS

Receiving (ASN & Non ASN Based)


and inspection
Directed put away
Multi step material routings

INVENTORY CONTROL

Lot, sublot, serial and revision control


Dual unit of measure control
Consigned and vendor managed
inventory
Demand driven replenishment and
forward picking locations

TASK MANAGEMENT

Labor management solution


Flexible pick methodologies
Rules based task dispatching and
product allocation
Cartonization, guided consolidation
and packing
Automated task prioritization &
reprioritization
Managerial monitoring dashboards
Manufacturing and service
components picking
Finished goods completion & put
away

OUTBOUND LOGISTICS

Advanced Wave Planning


Directed picking, consolidation and
trailer loading
ASN generation
Opportunistic crossdocking
Integration with Oracle
Transportation Management for dock
appointment and load sequencing

MOBILITY

Personalize mobile transaction forms


Mobile RF-based execution user
interfaces
Compliance with UCC, EAN and
other GTIN product labeling
standards
RFID automated transactions
Material handling systems integration

Wave Planning and Task Management: Using wave planning, Oracle WMS
can fulfill a large number of orders quickly by streamlining the full execution
process. Oracle WMS provides a flexible and powerful planning tool with a
dashboard to create, plan and track wave progress with the ability to configure
exceptions to facilitate proactive resolution of issues. It selects order lines,
cartonizes (if required), and creates tasks. The task creation process
considers multiple constraints, including receipt/shipment time, resource and
warehouse space availability. It enhances customer service, maximizes
warehouse efficiency and helps in monitoring and control.
Opportunistic Crossdocking: It is more efficient to transfer inbound material
directly to an outbound area whenever possible. The use of crossdocking
improves on-time shipment and saves storage and labor costs at the
warehouse. Cross docking can be opportunistic (based on backordered sales
orders), or planned based on crossdock criteria. Identification of a
crossdocking opportunity pegs the scheduled inbound receipt to the outbound
shipment. The system identifies a specific inbound receipt based on whether
the warehouse wants to maximize crossdocking or minimize wait time.
Forward Pick Locations: Warehouses often face the challenge of fulfilling
large number of small orders, while producing and receiving items in larger
bulk quantities, e.g. pallets. Creating and designating reserve and forward pick
areas helps overcome this challenge. The reserve area replenishes the
forward pick area automatically based on anticipated future shortages and
demand patterns. In addition, picking based on demand patterns can also
incorporate sudden spikes or irregular demand. The use of a forward pick area
shortens the travel time for the warehouse operator, increases on-time
shipments, avoids multiple picks, and improves overall pick efficiency.
Dock Scheduling and Load Sequencing: Warehouses have limited dock
doors, and use dock appointments to optimize dock usage and reduce carrier
wait times. Organizations using Oracle WMS with OTM can make use of Dock
Door Appointment Synchronization between the two products such that dock
door appointments drive Oracle WMS execution.
This also enables
sequencing loads in reverse stop order to increase trailer loading and
unloading efficiency.
Rules Engine: At its core, Oracle WMS has a flexible and powerful business
rules engine. The rules engine permits extensive tailoring of key Oracle WMS
processes such as directed picking and put-away, without customization. This
tailored decision process can reference any data point within the data model.
Built-in and not Bolt on Architecture: Oracle WMS executes directly on the
same data as the rest of the E-Business suite application. This built-in
approach avoids data duplication, transaction latency, additional hardware and
middleware costs, as well as complex and costly integrations associated with
a traditional bolt-on WMS system.

Voice Picking: Voice picking increases operator productivity as it enables a


hands free transaction confirmation platform. Oracle WMS supports speech
recognition capability with a customizable setup for various languages. It is
architected to seamlessly work with a wide variety of voice solutions and
provides tremendous flexibility to deploy a voice solution that is better aligned
with business needs
RFID Enabled: RFID allows automatic identification of entities with help of
specially encoded electronic tags. This technology can automate data and
event capture in the warehouse, eliminating the need for the operator to
interact manually with the system. Oracle WMS includes RFID capabilities
including support for RFID readers, tag labeling etc. Several key transactions
are enabled for RFID such as shipment and receiving. In addition, integration
framework exists to allow entire business flows to be fully automated using
sensor devices.
Customer Labeling Compliance: Labeling compliance standards define the
bar code symbologies, label format, usage, and also specify mandatory data
fields. Oracle WMS provides robust label printing functionality that is fully
compliant with current UCC/EAN standards. Generation of Serial Shipping
Container Codes and printing of UCC-128 labels - with 856 transaction set in
ANSI-X12 - is standard functionality.
Integration with Material Handling Equipment: Oracle WMS includes a
material handling device integration toolkit. This kit provides the functionality to
integrate the WMS with material handling devices such as conveyors,
carousels, pick-to-light systems, and automated storage and retrieval systems.
It enables Oracle WMS to export information to the material handling device
and receive completed information back to Oracle WMS. It can automate the
material handling activities in the warehouse and streamline the often-complex
integration with material handling equipment and automation systems.
Robust Mobile Transaction Support: Oracle WMS is designed from the
ground up to leverage the efficiency and accuracy of mobile hand-held
computers and bar code scanning. The open-standard-based Oracle mobile
solutions will support any mobile computing device. Mobile transactions do
not required third-party support.
Mobile UI Personalization: The mobile screen layout and process is one of
the most often customized parts of a WMS. Efficient and flexible mobile
transactions reduce data entry errors and allow faster information flow.
Standard configuration forms allow users to personalize Oracle mobile
transaction screens and enable this streamlining process. This greatly
reduces or even eliminates - the need for mobile forms customization.
Support for Manufacturing, Assembly and Distribution: Oracle WMS
provides a seamlessly integrated system for all manufacturing execution
processes including repair and maintenance business processes. Oracle
WMS supports component picks for discrete jobs and schedules, ingredient
picks for process manufacturing batches, parts picks and maintenance work
orders and repair orders generated in Enterprise Asset Management or Depot
Repair
CONTACT US
For more information about Oracle Warehouse Management Solutions, please
visit http://www.oracle.com/applications/order_mgmt/warehouse.html or
call +1.800.ORACLE1 to speak to an Oracle representative.

Oracle WMS is pre-integrated


with other E-Business Suite
Applications
Oracle Inventory
Oracle Order Management
Oracle Work In Process
Oracle Procurement
Oracle Transportation
Management
Oracle Process Manufacturing
Oracle Flow Manufacturing
Oracle Enterprise Asset
Management