When it comes to warehouse software, it can be confusing to know exactly what you need to consider. Let’s take a look at a warehouse execution system (WES) versus a warehouse control system (WCS) to help understand the difference between the two.
Warehouse Execution Systems (WES)
A Warehouse Execution System (WES) is a warehouse software solution that directs all of the processes that occur in a distribution center. The WES works in real-time to organize, synchronize, and sequence warehouse resources. The system helps keep all the moving parts in your facility streamlined, from employees to material handling equipment. This solution enables you to keep your distribution operation in a continuous flow, and if something arises and a condition changes in part of the process, the system will prioritize work in a way to expedite fulfillment.
A WES system gives you the functionality to receive and track products, making it easier than ever to pair specific products with customer orders. The system breaks the orders into logical units of work. Also, it can collaborate with your WCS software to send direct automated material handling equipment or warehouse staff to execute the process.
Warehouse Control Systems (WCS)
Warehouse Control Systems (WCS) is a software tool that can manage and monitor the functions of your material handling equipment. A WCS system operates in real-time to synchronize multiple automation systems, employee functions, and the flow of material to help you make the best decision possible in your operation. WCS will take all this information and determines the most efficient manner of product flow.
A WCS system typically is best used in a single facility. The WCS system acts as the “doer” in your facility, taking data in real-time and being customizable to precisely fit your needs. Similarly, facilities with automated material handling hardware often find it beneficial to integrate their WCS with a Warehouse Management System (WMS). This integration gives you a commanding and comprehensive view of your facility.