Some of the highlights include: directed task monitoring, wave management, dock scheduler, expected receipts and slotting optimization modules.

IQMS has released its new advanced warehouse management system (WMS). This is a rule-based directed pick and put away distribution system that is said to rival Tier 1 WMS programs. Advanced WMS was a collaboration between IQMS, Tessy Plastics Corp. and supply chain solution consultant, Blue Horseshoe.

New features in the Advanced WMS package include a directed task monitoring system, which reduces labor and saves time with rule-based, directed pick up and put away transactions. The wave management feature drives productivity gains with task interleaving tools that replace deadhead trips with milk runs for JIT pick up.

The dock scheduler and staging feature allows users to schedule one dock or two dozen based on pick tickets or expected receipts with this graphical calendar display.

Customers can also manage expected receipts based on vender ASN information or PO releases. And they can assign inventory classes to items and then store them in the most optimal locations in the warehouse based on speed of movement. This can reduce out of stock and expired materials or parts with LIFO, FEFO and FIFO options.

The Advanced WMS package is native to the IQMS ERP solution. Rather than integrating a third-party WMS into a core ERP package, IQMS customers gain the capabilities of a Tier 1 WMS solution with the added benefits of a being completely integrated into an ERP solution for business-wide traceability, accountability and efficiency.

"Our experience streamlining manufacturers' supply chains has allowed Blue Horseshoe to work with a number of top tier warehouse management systems," said Chris Femia, vice president of Blue Horseshoes strategy division. "We have always insisted that industry best practices guide our decision making, not what might be perceived as a system limitation. With Tessy Plastics, we focused first on best practices, then on incorporating best-in-class WMS functionality, with an eye toward the future. The result is a strategically evolving first-class WMS package."