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Inventory Management ERP Functionality in Microsoft Dynamics NAV’s Starter Pack


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    Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a robust and mature Business Management ERP System designed for growing Wholesale Distribution and Manufacturing companies. The Starter Pack in Dynamics NAV is for companies who need core financials and trade functionality including:

    • Basic Financials Management (General Ledger and Fixed Assets)
    • Basic Supply Chain Management and Basic Sales Management (Sales, Purchasing and Inventory)
    • Professional Services (Project management) with a wide set of
    • Business Insight and reporting functionality as an integral part of the product.

    Additionally the Starter pack comes with a wide set to tools to customize the solution to meet the needs of every customer together with deep integration opportunities to be made through web services.  In licensing Microsoft Dynamics NAV, there are 2 options for its' core functionality: The Starter Pack and Extended Pack.

    In this post, we will focus on Inventory Management ERP Functionality with Dynamics NAV’ Starter Pack.

    Analysis Reports Provide company decision-makers, especially those with overall responsibility for sales, purchases, and product portfolio management, with an efficient and flexible way to get meaningful information out of the system to inform day-to-day decisions. Built on item entries, this granule provides a customizable, analytic view that enables people to add and combine analysis objects—customers, items, and vendors—according to their needs.

    With Inventory Analysis Reports,  You can:

    • Present figures in both amounts and quantities and compare by periods as well as against budget. When the figures are put in a formula, they can become an indicator of the company’s performance.
    • Drill down to locate the cause of problems.
    • View sales dynamics; analyze inventory turnover; evaluate customers’ buying behavior; spot trends; reconsider product offerings, prices, and vendors; and make informed business decisions.

    Alternative Vendors:  Manage purchase of the same item from several different vendors. Set up alternative vendors for an item, specify typical lead times used by a specific vendor to deliver that item, and associate price and discount agreements for that item with each vendor.

    Basic Inventory:  Set up items that you carry in your stock and specify their unit of measures, costing method, inventory posting group, unit cost and price and other properties. Post item transactions, such as sales, purchase, negative and positive adjustments from item journals. Quantity and cost records of the posted transactions are stored in the inventory ledger that is the basis for inventory valuation and other costing calculations. Integrated with General Ledger and with the posting processes in Sales and Receivables and Purchase and Payables, this granule is required for the configuration of all other Inventory granules.

    Bin:  Organize your warehouse by assigning items to bins, the smallest unit in the warehouse logical structure. Bin assignment is done as the item journals or directly on the document lines (does not apply to order lines).

    Item Budgets:  Make sales and purchase budgets on the customer, vendor, and item levels, and in both amounts and quantities. Prepare and record a sales budget that can serve as input to decision makers in other operational areas, such as purchasing and logistics. Decision-makers gain information about future expected demand they can use for business discussions with the customers. After budgets are made, track the actual sales performance by means of calculating the variance. The ability to move budgeted figures between the system and Excel provides additional flexibility to the budgeting process.

    Item Charges:  Manage item charges. Include the value of additional cost components such as freight or insurance into the unit cost or unit price of an item.

    Item Cross References:  Quickly and precisely identify the items a customer is ordering on the basis of item numbers other than your own. Cross-reference information from customers, vendors, and manufacturers, as well as generic numbers, universal product codes (UPCs), and European article numbers (EANs) that can be stored and easily accessed.

    Item Substitutions:  Link items with the same or similar characteristics so that if a customer orders an item that is unavailable, you can offer substitute items and avoid losing the sale. Or, provide an extra service to your customer by offering lower-cost alternatives.

    Item Tracking:  Manage and track serial and lot numbers. Assign serial or lot numbers manually or automatically, and receive and ship multiple quantities with serial/lot numbers from a single order line entry.

    Assembly Management:  Specify a list of sellable items, raw materials, sub-assemblies and/or resources as Assembly Bill of Materials that comprises a finished item or a kit. Use assembly orders to replenish assembly items to stock or capture the customer ’s special requirements to the kit’s bill of materials directly from the sales quote, blanket and order line in the assembly-to-order processes.

    Location Transfers:  Track inventory as it is moved from one location to another and account for the value of inventory in transit and at various locations.

    Multiple Locations:  Manage inventory in multiple locations that may represent a production plant, distribution centers, warehouses, show rooms, retail outlets and service cars.

    Non Stock Items:  Offer items to customers that are not part of your regular inventory but that you can order from the vendor or manufacturer on an one-off basis. Such items are registered as nonstock items but otherwise are treated like any other item.

    Pick:  Enable warehouse workers to create a pick from the released order. Pick is managed from a separate user interface when shipping items in an order-by-order environment.

    Stock-Keeping Units:  Manage stock-keeping units (SKUs). Identical items with the same item number can be stored in different locations and managed individually at each location. Add cost prices, replenishment, manufacturing information, and so on, based on the location.

    Learn more here about all the Capabilities and Features of Microsoft Dynamics NAV

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    Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A Pennsylvania Microsoft Dynamics NAV Reseller 

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