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Warehouse Management

Warehouse management is the process, control, and optimization of warehouse operations. In this guide, we provide you the definitions and principles you need to know.


Table of Contents

  1. What is warehouse management
  2. Warehouse management process
  3. Warehouse arrangement & set-up
  4. Warehouse operations management
  5. Warehouse fulfillment
  6. Warehouse technology and barcode scanning systems
  7. Warehouse management system
  8. Warehouse management template


Warehouse management is the process, control, and optimization of warehouse operations from the entry of inventory into a warehouse — or multiple warehouses — until items are moved, sold, or consumed.

In the most general sense, these operations revolve around receiving and shipping. 

  • Receiving: intaking, identifying, inspecting, and storing inventory
  • Shipping: processes such as picking, packaging, marking, weighing, and delivering products from the warehouse to the customer

Poorly-managed warehouses run into a host of problems, all of which impact profitability:

  • Disjointed teams and employees
  • Inaccessible inventory and equipment
  • Counterintuitive and redundant processes
  • Rigid and restrained lay-outs that undercut productivity

None of this is good for business. If warehouse operations aren’t in order, it becomes near-impossible to serve customers, vendors, and your own organization. Smart warehouse management, particularly the right warehouse management software (WMS), lets you do more while working less.

In saving time, money, and energy, you can reinvest these resources into spurring your business to further growth. Throughout this guide, we’ll take a close look at everything that goes into effective warehouse management. Before we get ahead of ourselves, though, let’s spell out some of the basics first.

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Chapter 1: What is warehouse management?

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