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WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

WDLS is the name used to describe the compilation of complex computer hardware, multiple software applications, and operating procedures controlling and tracking product movement into and out of, PCW’s facilities. It incorporates the IBM Power System 7 as the central platform, with various Windows applications running on personal computers on Microsoft applications. The current compilation is on the cutting edge in ability to meet the needs of our customers. Our WMS specifically known as LIDS (Logistics Information Delivery System) has a real-time, powerful and scalable application.


INTERACTIVE WEBSITE

Our website (www.pcwc.com) incorporates a secure environment that is password protected to our customers.  The online stock status, order status, and dock appointment schedules are key tools that aid in managing their business. PCWC has since been touted as the “Gold Standard” in information accessibility.



SOFTWARE MODULES
The operating code was created specifically for shared (public) warehousing and distribution. The source code is owned and available for modification. 

EDI COMMUNICATIONS 
A variety of options that may be executed from either party. 

Our primary method of EDI communications is achieved through the EDI/communication software system from GXS Trustedlink i is one of the most popular EDI communications packages in the world. The package is extremely flexible and designed exclusively for the IBM i operating system.









EDI documents traded include, but are not limited to:

846 - Inventory Inquiry/Advice
856 - Ship Notice/Manifest
940 - Warehouse Shipping Order
943 - Warehouse Stock Transfer Shipment Advice
944 - Warehouse Stock Transfer Receipt Advice
945 - Warehouse Shipping Advice
997 - Functional Acknowledgment

Additional communication that PCW supports is FTP and CDF.

RADIO FREQUENCY (RF)
Our WMS manages the process with RF capabilities.  Control of product is accomplished through Bar Code Scanning hardware.  On receipt, the inbound pallet is assigned a discreet identification number and its location within the warehouse is determined through a scan of the bar coded location tag. Sku, lot, and quantity information pertaining to that pallet is manually keyed. All subsequent product movement activities are dependent on proper scan of pallet and location scan codes.

REPORTS
LIDS (WMS) has over 20 standard reports available to our customers.  Our most popular reports listed below are just a few that can provide detailed information used for decision making, performance tracking and analytics.  
  • Stock Status Report has seven different forms of output, which show each item, lot and location of all products stored in the warehouse. 
  • Storer Activity Report allows reporting all activity in the warehouse for six predefined periods (today, yesterday, week-to-date, last week, month-to-date, last month) or any range input by the user. It also includes a stock movement summary option and an inventory adjustment reports option. 
  • Inbound Activity Report shows only inbound movement; similarly, the Outbound Activity Report shows only outbound movement.

CYCLE COUNTS
Cycle count routines are available in addition to the annual physical inventory counts. 

VALUE ADDED (FULFILLMENT)
The Value Added Fulfillment Module manages the complex transactions related to the various value added services provided by the company. The WDLS System creates a cross reference between the Bill of Lading and the Tally numbers involved in a given fulfillment project, tracking supply usage, work load scheduling, and inventory conversions.

OTHER MODULES
Many other modules are available for specific client requirements. If the proper module does not exist for a given task, PCWC maintains a capable in-house development staff that is supplemented by a number of commercial vendors.