One of the uses of the BellHawk software is to implement industrial warehouse management systems (WMS) for manufacturers with one or more warehouses as well as for industrial distributors.
These BellHawk based systems provide complete industrial Warehouse Management System (WMS) capabilities including tracking receiving, put-away, picking, packing and shipping, as well as barcode label printing, inventory auditing, producing packing slips and bills of lading, and the generation of Advanced Shipment Notice (ASN) data.
What differentiates these Industrial Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) from conventional warehouse management systems (WMS), which are designed for retail supply chain use, is the ability to track individual containers of material using LPN (License-Plate-Number) container tracking methods. This enables tracking the contents of each container by characteristics such as lot numbers, serial numbers, expiration dates, as well as application specific characteristics such as size, color, and hardness. It also enables tracking of nested containers of materials at multiple geographically separated locations.
LPN tracking is the basis for global supply chain tracking, including the GS1 standard, which has been adopted by Government agencies such as the FDA, DoD, and FAA, as well as the EU and China.
BellHawk based WMS systems enable tracking the status of containers of material in real-time using technologies such as barcode scanning and mobile computing. This is in contrast to using paper forms, Excel spreadsheets, and manual keyboard data entry into an ERP or accounting system, to track inventory, which can easily require the equivalent of one or more full-time equivalent people at a loaded labor cost of $50,000 per year each.
BellHawk based WMS systems enable organizations to achieve real-time inventory accuracies exceeding 99% and reduce the labor time for annual or quarterly inventory audits by an order of magnitude.
These WMS systems have a standard interface through which they can automatically exchange data with a wide variety of ERP and accounting systems, as well as supply chain systems such as EDI and shipping systems. These WMS systems can also print customer and product specific barcode labels on demand thus avoiding the labor and mistakes that come with "fat-fingering" data into a barcode label layout program.
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