Supply chain software developer Manhattan Associates Inc. is rolling out a warehouse execution system (WES) embedded in the company's warehouse management system (WMS), saying the approach is an extension of the company's "Push Possible" philosophy of driving high-utilization, high-throughput operations in the DC. Providing a native WES will help users to better balance human and machine resources in fulfillment activities, the company said.
The company is also improving its support for mobile devices such as next-generation wearables, heads-up displays, and wristbands, supporting the ingenuity and problem-solving capabilities of warehouse employees. Manhattan said it is embracing mobile form-factor devices in the DC and has redesigned its user interface to be consistent across mobile and desktop devices. With that support, smartphone-style devices could also drive greater productivity in a range of warehouse activities, such as receiving, put-away, order consolidation, and dock management, the firm said. The effort dovetails with the trend among warehouses to replace their aging Microsoft Corp. Windows-based handheld computers with devices that use the Google Inc. Android operating system (OS), according to Manhattan.