Why your refrigerated warehouse needs a warehouse management system (WMS) developed specifically for cold storage
There are many choices for warehouse management systems (WMS) in the world of industrial software today, yet most were not developed specifically to meet the needs of cold storage providers. Working in harsh environments, public refrigerated warehouses must have special functionality to deal with the range of inventory housed, often in multi-locations with differing temperatures.
Warehouse management systems developed for dry storage often cannot meet these needs. Cold storage warehouse operators should consider not only the type of inventory handled but also future potential client needs, regulatory requirements and other factors when evaluating warehouse management systems. For example, when handling meat, fish or produce, it is often necessary that a WMS has the ability to handle variable or “catch” weight effectively. This is not always common to warehouse management systems developed for dry storage.
Top end warehouse management systems developed for cold storage warehouses typically have specific features designed to deal with temperature capture and locations in order to minimize costly damage to inventory that must be stored in specific temperature zones. This can be a business essential and help the cold storage provider attract new clients to their business.
To aid in the search for and evaluation of WMS software, here is a list of features that can be highly desirable in warehouse management systems (WMS) for cold storage warehouse operators: