Warehouse, in the Middle of the Street

Oracle releases new warehouse management system

Redwood Shores, CA  July 18, 2001  Oracle today announced the release of Oracle Warehouse Management System, a new product for warehouse and distribution centers. This latest addition to the company's E-Business Suite includes warehouse resource management, warehouse configuration, task scheduling, pick methodologies and value-added services. All of the areas are fully supported through barcode and radio frequency mobile devices. Oracle said the system is delivered fully integrated, out of the box, which should aid in implementation. (It's also indicative of CEO Larry Ellison's insistence on corporations not altering Oracle installations.)

The system can support various such picking methodologies as directed picking and putaway, automated task dispatching and compliance labeling. Users can configure these methodologies by utilizing a business rules engine to tailor the system to their specific requirements without the need for customization. Additionally, standard functionality that provides integrated barcode support, use of License Plate Numbers (LPN) and container management is designed to reduce transaction complexity and increase accuracy.

Digital wireless communications company Qualcomm is using the system to support the goal of a global warehouse management solution. "The flexibility to match the way we work in a wireless environment, the containerization of product represents a significant workload reduction, and the built-in lot and serialization will enable Qualcomm to track and leverage specific attributes about our products," said Tom Fisher, vice president, Information Technology, Qualcomm. "Using the Oracle Warehouse Management System business-based rules engine for the management of stock and shipments will ensure a rapid, low cost implementation since we only have to configure the software, not customize it."

"Oracle Warehouse Management System has strong market share potential," said Rick Hymer, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young's North American Oracle service line leader. "Due to the integration with the Oracle E-Business Suite, our clients will be able to rapidly increase efficiency and reduce costs by streamlining warehouse operations and reducing information technology (IT) overhead. The Warehouse Management System offering provides the functionality required for us to provide a much-needed, integrated solution for warehouses and distribution centers."

Oracle has also announced the release of Oracle Mobile Supply Chain Applications. This application provides barcode scanning and radio frequency mobile support for the existing Oracle Manufacturing, Quality, Receiving, Shipping and Inventory transactions.