The most important part of managing supply chain is inventory – where it’s coming from, where it’s stored, and where it needs to go when it’s time to leave the warehouse. Controlling inventory movement to maximize profitability requires a strong warehouse management system (WMS) and reliable integration with your enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
Many things can go wrong inside the warehouse if you aren’t keeping a close eye on your warehouse operations and inventory. Inbound packing slips need to be verified with orders to make sure you received the right products in the right quantities. You didn’t buy inventory to sit on the shelves, so once inbound shipments are verified, inventory needs to be shelved or boxed according to customer needs. Assembling boxes or pallets for customers can be a tricky process as well. You may have multiple pallets for a single customer that go on the same truck with smaller boxes for other customers. Staging deliveries so that boxes get on the right trucks, and in the right order is also important to optimize delivery routes. All of these details can’t be managed properly with paper trails and good intentions.
A busy warehouse with high inventory turns needs constant monitoring and real-time inventory counts whether inventory is coming in, allocated to a customer, or headed out for delivery. Put these two powerhouse solutions together and you can maintain a smooth warehouse, keep customers happy, and optimize profits. Contact Appolis for more information about how to improve inventory tracking in Microsoft Dynamics NAV with WoW.
By Appolis, WMS for Microsoft Dynamics