WMS Questionnaire

Which Functional Areas Does the WMS Questionnaire Cover?

The foundation of the Fraunhofer IML WMS Database is the WMS questionnaire, which covers more than 3,500 aspects of a company and their system.

These aspects cover everything from general business to services and experience, for example

  • How much experience do you have in this industry?
  • For which warehouse technologies are already projects realized?
  • Which operating systems and languages are supported?
  • Are Pick by Voice or Pick to Light supported?

The focus of the questionnaire is on the functional support of the typical functions and processes in a warehouse. The questionnaire captures the core functionality – required for every warehouse – as well as the flows for material and information from receiving to shipping. Additional functionality that is required because of the different branches, product ranges, or desired degree of automation of a warehouse is indispensable to the successful operation of a warehouse.

The result of the questionnaire is a level of detail that defines the individual requirements of the user as well as the functional ability of the WMS solution. Typical questions are

  • Based on which criteria does the system decide on the necessary of a quality test?
  • Is it possible to manage the layout with the content of a handling unit?
  • With which method does the package optimization and the charge carrier optimization take place?

Functional Areas

The questionnaire is divided into functional areas that correspond to the functional structure of a WMS. The structure is orientated on the standard VDI 3601: warehouse management systems, which is developed in cooperation with the WMS Advisory Committee.

Core Functions Management,Warehouse Structure,Master Data Management,Inventory Management,Transport Management,Core Functions Processes,Incoming Goods,Advanced Shipping Note,Receipt,Deconsolidation,Quality Inspection,Storage,Advanced Shipping Note Completion/Feedback on Stock,Warehouse-Internal Processes,Repostioning / Replenishment / Rebooking,Stock-Taking,Control Centre,Outgoing Goods,Order Management,Order Picking,Consolidation,Packaging,Dispatch,Delivery Feedbackk,Additional Functions,Batches (in accordance with EG 178/2002),Cross-Docking,Dock and Yard Management,Double / Multiple-Depth Storage,Hazardous Substances / Hazardous Material,Weight Control,Handling Units Management,Consignment,Empties and Load Carriers,Material Flow Control,(Multiple) Client Capability,Multi-Warehouse Handling Capability,Best Before Dates,Package Optimisation,Production Supply and Removal (incl. Kit Building),Resource Planning/Labour Management,Returns,Serial Numbers,Slotting and Warehouse Reorganisation,Forklift Guidance System,Value Added Services,Vendor Managed Inventory,Scrapping,Customs

Notice: Since September 2015, the final version of the standard VDI 3601 is available in the Beuth publishing house. The present standard describes task and performance areas that define an IT system as a warehouse management system (WMS).

Functional range WMS Questionnaire

The questionnaire also captures other information about the developments, trends, and evaluations of each company in the WMS market. This data is incorporated into the regularly updated WMS Market Report Compact.

The questionnaire is modified or expanded each year to accommodate the latest requirements and developments. Project experience and the feedback from the users of the database (WMS vendors, WMS users, and consulting companies) are used to make these changes.

Company and Project Information,Company Profile,Projects and Project Costs,Market and Sales Data,Development / Trends,Product Specifications and System Environment,Product Specifications,System Environment,User and Rights Management,Multiple Languages,Parameters / Parameterisation,Ergonomics (in consideration of EN ISO 9241),Archiving,Core Functions Management,Warehouse Structure,Master Data Management,Inventory Management,Transport Management,Core Functions Processes,Incoming Goods,Advanced Shipping Note,Receipt,Deconsolidation,Quality Inspection,Storage,Advanced Shipping Note Completion / Feedback on Stock,Warehouse-internal Processes,Repostioning / Replenishment / Rebooking,Stock-Taking,Control Centre,Outgoing Goods,Order Management,Order Picking,Consolidation,Packaging,Dispatch,Delivery Feedbackk,Additional Functions,Batches (in accordance with EG 178/2002),Cross-Docking,Dock and Yard Management,Double / Multiple-Depth Storage,Hazardous Substances / Hazardous Material,Weight Control,Handling Units Management,Consignment,Empties and Load Carriers,Material Flow Control,(Multiple) Client Capability,Multi-Warehouse Handling Capability,Best Before Dates,Package Optimisation,Production Supply and Removal (incl. Kit Building),Resource Planning / Labour Management,Returns,Serial Numbers,Slotting and Warehouse Reorganisation,Forklift Guidance System,Value Added Services (incl. Billing),Vendor Managed Inventory,Scrapping,Customs

Usage

The data provided by a WMS vendor is not added to the WMS Database or made available for use by WMS Online Selection until it has been successfully validated. The annual updating of the questionnaire combined with the yearly validation of the data is what guarantees that the data is always up to date.

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