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Warehouse Management

Today’s business environment requires organizations to manage increasingly complex supply chains while satisfying continuously evolving customer requirements and stringent SLAs.

Körber brings a deep understanding of supply chain processes and customer needs, combined with extensive experience in deploying warehouse management solutions globally. We also understand that customer requirements differ significantly, depending on the size and complexity of their warehouse operations. That’s why we offer a range of WMS solutions that can address small and medium-sized warehouses with manual and forklift-based processes, as well as with RF and voice directed operations, all the way up to large, highly automated distribution centers.

We are committed to partnering with you to help you implement the right solution for your business – namely a WMS tailored to your specific requirements and underlying business processes.

Today’s warehouses need to address complex challenges

Irrespective of their scale and complexity of operations, warehouses need to run at peak efficiency. Major challenges for most manufacturing and distribution organizations include:

  • Customers that mandate shorter delivery times and 100% accuracy
  • Increasing customer return rates
  • Hiring and retaining skilled labor, and the need to accommodate seasonal fluctuations
  • Growing complexity of the regulatory environment
  • Managing and governing change as business processes evolve
Additional challenges vary by type of warehouse operation:
Smaller warehouses with basic processes
  • Inflexible WMS that cannot support incremental customer needs
  • Lack of scalability
  • Incomplete visibility into inventory
  • Lack of communication between ERPs and other logistics systems
  • Lengthy implementation phases
Large, complex warehouses
  • Need for accurate visibility into complex inventory with numerous variants
  • Highly specialized business processes requiring customized solutions
  • Need to achieve high throughput with repeatable accuracy
  • Mixed portfolio of MHE
  • Complex IT landscape that requires customized integration
Warehouses for 3PLs and logistics service providers
  • Need to host multiple clients in one system
  • Customers have different business processes, yet need to be provisioned quickly
  • Incorrect and incomplete billing causes loss of revenue
  • Pressure to standardize processes across clients to reduce cost

Körber’s all-encompassing Warehouse Management Solutions

Our warehouse management expertise will ensure your organization optimizes efficiencies in today’s competitive landscape. Our portfolio of adaptable WMS solutions can be customized to your exact business requirements. To further optimize your end-to-end processes, we also integrate your WMS with your ERP and other supply chain solutions, like transportation or yard management.

For small and medium-sized warehouses our solutions support best-of-breed functionality out-of-the-box, and immediately enable full visibility into inventory, people and processes. Configurable functionality provides the necessary flexibility for tailoring the solution to your business processes and to accommodate future changes.

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Our solutions for large, complex warehouses – often found in enterprise-level distribution centers – are highly customizable and performant, to support the variety and complexity of processes, as well as the high throughput rates required in these environments. They can also easily be integrated with material handling equipment from various vendors, to support even the highest levels of automation.

Körber’s solutions for 3PLs and logistics service providers support multi-client operations with multiple product categories inside the same warehouse. They also provide simplified onboarding of new clients, and flexible, speedy configuration of warehouse processes for each customer, as well as other 3PL-specific functionality, such as a flexible invoicing system, EDI connectivity and the management of value-added services like kitting.

We also offer specialized WMS solutions for select industries (e.g. automotive, petrochemical, e-fulfillment).

Key capabilities of our solutions include:

  • Comprehensive warehouse management functionality:
    • Receiving and put-away
    • Slotting
    • Warehouse transfers
    • Differentiated inventory management
    • Cross-docking
    • Order and wave management
    • Picking and packing
    • Advanced shipping management and staging
    • Load and route optimization
    • Built-in returns management
  • Integrated resource and labor management
  • Add-on software modules for incremental functionality
  • Integration capability for automation equipment from a variety of vendors
  • Cloud or on-premises deployment

Regardless of the size and complexity of your operations, our professional services team will tailor and optimize your WMS implementation for your business processes. Ultimately, you will be able to meet and exceed your customers’ expectations while operating at peak efficiency.

Our strength is an adaptable approach to a broad and deep solution portfolio. From a warehouse management perspective, there really isn’t a scenario that Körber can’t address.

Craig Moore,
Körber

Key benefits

Flexible technology platform

Future-proof, flexible technology platform with features like:

  • Cloud or on-premises deployment
  • Fully mobile-enabled functionality

Integration of technologies like IoT-sensors, robotics, and augmented reality

Complete digitization of your warehouse

Ability to capture data across the warehouse provides complete transparency and optimizes planning and control of warehouse operations.

The available data also enables the use of ML and AI technology for predictive analytics and process optimization.

Adaptable solutions


Our warehouse solutions are highly adaptable, and add-ons provide incremental functionality.

This results in accurate, optimized processes that reduce effort and cost and increases productivity.

End-to-end functionality


Integration with ERPs, transportation and yard management, and other complementary IT systems optimizes end-to-end processes.

We chose K.Motion WMS X because of its ability to provide superior transparency of our stocks, continuous barcode scanning, and support for the extended voice system that vitally contributes to high picking quality.

Frank Walter,
Logistics Manager of Mediq Deutschland GmbH

The Körber difference

We offer a highly adaptable portfolio of warehouse management solutions. With our extensive expertise in warehouse management across our customers’ industries, and implementation experience from more than 1,600 customer deployments, Körber can help you optimize your entire warehouse operations.

We also offer a unique perspective that is both global and local. Customers all over the world have developed and expanded their businesses with Körber supply chain solutions. No other WMS vendor has a comparable global footprint, yet has the capability to support local businesses with our regional presence.

KPI and numbers

Cloud-first WMS

Analysts predict that cloud-based WMS will represent 55% of deployments by 2025.

Global customer base

More than 1,600 warehouse management customers across the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Future-proof

Customers operate Körber’s WMS systems for 15–20 years, due to continual availability of upgrades and support.

Customer retention

99% customer retention rate.

Increased warehouse productivity

Our clients consistently achieve increased productivity of up to 50%.

Warehouse Management in use

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Fox Motorsport

In 2007, Fox Racing had 147 distribution center employees but no WMS. Thanks to Körber’s software, which allows them to continually enhance processes, they have grown their business by more than 100% and operate with 65 people in distribution.

Mediq Germany

Mediq provides logistics processing services for over 8,000 products used in medical homecare, physical rehabilitation and orthopedic services. Mediq selected the Körber WMS, in particular because of its built-in capabilities around managing batches, best-by dates and serialization, dangerous goods management, order management, picking with Pick-by-Voice, shipment consolidation and parcel shipment control.

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