IBM Sterling Warehouse Management System Features

The IBM® Sterling Warehouse Management System is a Web-based application that provides a comprehensive end-to-end solution, thus helping businesses manage their inventory and processes throughout their network, through a synchronized warehouse management system.

Sterling Warehouse Management System is built using a robust architectural framework that provides enough flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.

The various modules of the Sterling Warehouse Management System are described briefly in this chapter. For more information about the modules and their processes and solutions, see the Implementing Sterling Warehouse Management System .

Table 1. Sterling Warehouse Management System Features
Module Name Description
Inventory Control
  • Granular tracking of inventory at a location, case, or pallet based on item attributes, including lot number, serial number, and so forth.
  • Putaway of inventory.
  • Retrieval of inventory.
  • Replenishment of locations.
  • Count.
  • Management, visibility, and monitoring of inventory in a warehouse.
  • Comprehensive visibility to inbound shipments.
  • Pre-receiving.
  • Shipment, Purchase Orders (PO), Blind receiving.
  • Putaway of receipts.
Quality Control
  • Quality profiling.
  • Quality Inspection.
  • Comprehensive visibility to quality processes.
Task Management
  • Task generation.
  • Task assignment.
  • Task interleaving.
  • Management, visibility, and monitoring of tasks in a warehouse.
Reverse Logistics
  • Returns pre-receiving.
  • Returns receiving.
  • Serial number capture.
  • Disposition of inventory.
  • Putaway of return receipts.
Value-Added Services
  • Kitting and dekitting for static or dynamic Bill of Materials (BOM).
  • Customer compliance such as special ticketing, security tagging, and so forth.
  • Support for Build-to-Stock, Build-to-Customer, or Build-to-Order.
  • Retrieval of component inventory.
  • Putaway of kit inventory.
  • Management, visibility, and monitoring of all VAS activities.
Cross Dock
  • Opportunistic as well as planned cross dock.
  • Product diversion to cross dock staging or directly to outbound shipping lanes.
  • Cross dock based on items and for units, cases, or pallets.
  • Order release consolidation.
  • Shipment routing.
  • Grouping of shipments and wave planning.
  • Constraint based real time optimization to suggest the best picking strategy.
  • Containerization for optimizing packing and freight cost.
  • Replenishment for demand.
  • Picking.
  • Packing.
  • Outbound VAS.
  • Less than Truck Load (LTL) or Truck Load (TL) Shipments, Bill of Lading (BOL).
  • Manifesting for Parcel Shipments.
  • Trailer loading.
  • Management, visibility, and monitoring of all outbound activities.
  • Pack and Hold Process
  • Electronic Shipper Export Declaration Process
Reports - Inbound Reports
  • Await Material Report
  • Delivery Dock Schedule Report
  • Dock to Stock Cycle Time KPI Report
  • Inbound Labor Requirements Report
  • Item Attribute Setup Report
  • Receipt Discrepancy Report
  • Receipt Detail Report
  • Receipt Summary Report
  • Shipment Billing Summary Report
  • Vendor Non-Compliance Report
Reports - Return Reports
  • Returns By Reason Code Report
Reports - Inventory Reports
  • Containers Not Having Standard Quantity Report
  • Cycle Count Variance Daily Report
  • Cycle Count Variance Monthly Report
  • Cycle Count Variance Weekly Report
  • Dedicated Locations Usage Report
  • Dedicated Locations Activity Report
  • Empty Location Report
  • Inventory Aging Report
  • Inventory Audit Report
  • Inventory Balance Report
  • Inventory Hold Report
  • Item Inventory Across Nodes Report
  • Item Inventory Report
  • Item Tag No. Report
  • Item Velocity Report
  • Location Inventory Detail Report
  • Location Inventory Summary Report
  • Location/SKU Velocity Mismatch Report
  • Node Inventory Valuation Report
  • Participant List Report
  • Space Consolidation Report
  • Space Utilization Report
Reports - VAS Reports
  • Work Order Report
Reports - Outbound Reports
  • BOL Total Weights Report
  • Container Volume Monthly Report
  • Daily Shipment Report
  • Dock Pickup Schedule Report
  • Generic Shipper Report
  • Hot Inventory Report
  • On Time Shipment Report
  • Order Billing Summary Report
  • Order Cycle Time KPI Report
  • Order Shipment Report
  • Outbound Labor Requirements Report
  • Pack and Hold Shipment Report
  • Parcel Manifest Report
  • Replenishment Status Report
  • Same Day Pick Pack Ship Percentage Report
  • Shipment Billing Summary Report
  • Shipment Fill Rate Monthly Report
  • Shipments Near or Past Cancel Date Report
  • Shipment Shortage Report
  • Staging Locations Report
  • Vendor Non-Compliance Report
Reports - Task Reports
  • In-Progress Container Summary Report
  • In-Progress Shipment Summary Report
  • User Productivity Daily Report
  • User Productivity Weekly Report
  • User Productivity Monthly Report
  • Warehouse Activity Completion Report
Reports - Billing Activity Reporting Engine Reports
  • Billing Activity Report
Printed Documents - Inbound Prints
  • License Plate Label
  • Putaway Task List
  • Receiving Worksheet
Printed Documents - Inventory Prints
  • Count Sheet
  • Hazmat SKU Label
  • Replenishment Task List
  • Retrieval Task List
  • UPC Case Code Label
Printed Documents - Outbound Prints
  • Carrier Labels
  • Cart Manifest Task List
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Combined Picking and Packing Slip
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Item Pick Task List
  • LTL Manifest
  • Multi-SKU UCC-128 Container Shipping Label
  • North American Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin
  • Packing Slip
  • Packing Slip with Lot- and Serial-Tracked Items
  • Packing Slip With Package Level Details
  • Packing Slip with Lot- and Serial-Tracked Package Level Details
  • RFID Slap and Slip Label
  • Shipper's Export Declaration
  • Single-SKU UCC-128 Container Shipping Label
  • Special Ticket Label
  • VICS Bill Of Lading

It also enables you to configure prints and printer.

Location Mass Maintenance
  • Locations that are selected based on the criteria.
  • The attributes of the locations can be updated with the new values
Dynamic Velocity Calculation
  • The speed at which an item moves in a warehouse.
  • Support for calculating new velocity codes for items.
Integration With Slotting Engines
  • Space Utilization
  • Picking Efficiency
Integration with a Voice-based System
  • Defining an external voice application in the Sterling Warehouse Management System.
  • Associating a voice application with a ship node in the Sterling Warehouse Management System.
  • Enabling the voice-based picking operation.
  • Shipment-Driven Packing
  • Item-Driven Packing
  • Verify Packing
  • Unpack