Distribution ERP System: Does your business need one?

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Blog Written By | ERPFocus

3 Signs your business needs a new distribution ERP

You turn the crank. The music plays. Suddenly, Jack pops out of the box. Once upon a time, things moved along in an orderly fashion to the expected conclusion. Business just isn’t that simple anymore and knowing when to replace your distribution ERP and upgrade your business systems is one of the complexities. Here are three sure-fire signs that your legacy distribution ERP is in need of an overhaul.

Frequent Inventory Shortages or Excess

Look around your warehouse. Are your shelves full but you rarely have the right products on hand to deliver the entire order? Distribution orders run on having the inventory the customer wants next and nothing more. A new distribution ERP can help achieve that goal.

Fast and efficient order entry allows checking of product availability immediately. On the shelf now? Available now, or has another customer asked for it? Distribution ERP will reply in a second. Not on the shelf? No problem. Where did you buy it last time? How long did it take to arrive? Is there a comparable product you have already that will satisfy the customer? Modern purchasing and supply chain tools will have an answer.

A good distribution ERP should work in reverse too. Too much on the shelf? Can you return it? Who bought it last? Maybe they want a few more still. It might be best to simply clear the shelf and make room for something that will sell. A new distribution ERP can help make those decisions and many others through accurate “inside-out” reporting.

Your Distribution ERP Stands Alone with No Integration

Modern technology of all types can help and today’s distribution ERP can connect to and use data from all of them. The big boys have conveyors and they fill boxes as they move along the line. The conveyor weighs the filled box and connects directly with the carrier system to prepare the shipping documents and get tracking numbers before the box is taped closed. That s integration. At the same time as the box is closed and signed-off for dispatch, the customer is charged through your ERP payment processor integration.

One more SKU is due this afternoon to complete that big, important order. Your inbound trucker carrying that item has already made an appointment for your dock to unload. Your new distribution ERP identified all the products on that truck, calculated the best dock and prepared a cross-dock movement of that last SKU so it gets on the outbound carrier with no delay.

Your Business Does Not Utilize E-Commerce

Allow customers to place their own orders and pay for them right away. The web portal links directly to your new distribution ERP so you can schedule a delivery or purchase the items desired. Even complex orders are handled with ease. You can deliver specific lots to fill the order. You can track the shelf life of your product to ensure your inventory is good and to provide maximum shelf life to your customer. Distribution ERP will also control inventory using FEFO or FIFO rules as needed for your business.

Distribution ERPs do not have to cost you a fortune anymore, with Microsoft’s standard Dynamics 365 Business Central and extended modules you can customize the system to suit your business needs at an affordable cost. Let allonline 365 help you solve those burning questions and help you digitally transform your business. Contact us on  +27 (21) 205 3650 or  info@allonline365.com.

VJS: Visual Jobs Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

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Resource Credit | NETRONIC

New release of Visual Jobs Scheduler for Dynamics 365 Business Central

Netronic has announced the enhancements of the Visual Jobs Scheduler (VJS), their interactive planning app for visualizing jobs, job tasks, job planning lines, and resources.

#1 Create links between job planning lines

The VJS now enables creating links between job planning lines by means of a new context menu. According to customers needs and planning situation, you can select between two possible relations:

  • Start-Start (the successor must not start before the processer)
  • Finish-Start

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The link structure that you build this way will be taken into account when a job planning line in this chain is moved so that all job planning lines of the chain are moved according to their position, or remain where they are.

 

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#2 Schedule successors

This feature, having also been implemented in the July release, is directly connected with the option of creating a link chain. It can be found as a new entry in the menu ribbon and in the context menu of the job planning lines. This ensures that the link structure is taken into account with no buffer time, i.e. linked operations are processed without temporal offset. This applies to the selected node and all its successors.

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#3 Indicate violated link orders in red

If the link order within a link structure gets violated, the according link(s) appear in red.

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#4 Calculate and distribute planning line quantity taking into account a resource’s capacity

As it is widely known, the quantity of job planning lines is calculated independently of the resource’s capacity in standard Dynamics 365 Business Central. If you have a look at the resource “David Butler” in the screenshot below, he is allocated 16 hours, but only has the capacity of 8 hours.

If you want to bypass this way of visualizing the quantity, you can make use of the new feature that came with the August release. Since this is a company-wide setting, Netronic implemented a new dialog “VJS Company Settings” where “Calculate Job Planning Line Duration” has to be ticked.

After having confirmed and reloaded, David Bulter’s task was lengthened accordingly.

#5 Regard non-working periods when rescheduling job planning lines

If you haven’t activated the “Calculate Job Planning Line Duration” option in the “VJS Company Settings”, the VJS takes into account the days with no capacity when job planning lines are moved.

#6 Information during long calculations

When a calculation takes a bit longer than expected, a status window pops up informing you.

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What to look out for in a retail ERP

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Blog Written By| ERPFocus

Three key features to look for in a retail ERP

The difference between traditional ERP, typically understood as a manufacturing or production platform; versus ‘retail ERP’, encompasses not only back but front-office processes create a host of complex challenges. This is particularly true when users find themselves faced with a product selection round.

Consequently, ERPFocus thought to offer a couple of features to help potential businesses find the right ERP for them.

1.  Cloud-based

Modular retail ERP Systems typically include the following components: point of sale, inventory management, customer management, advertising/marketing, accounting (usually integrated with GL), purchase order, payroll processing, in addition to various inventory/warehouse modules.

In today’s retail environment, however, these components are usually enhanced by intrinsic utilities associated with mobility and extended web mechanisms supported by active and passive social network capabilities. These are complemented by the introduction of various hardware systems including digital cash registers, NFC, mobile-adept smart terminals, and other affiliated systems.

Consequently, this deep matrix of operational and managerial processes calls for a large volume of standardized mechanisms that create, manipulate, and store end-to-end products. While on-premises or hybrid systems do offer operational value, in order to leverage maximum business power, cloud-based systems offer the greatest opportunity.

This is largely due to the ability to integrate multiple modules within a singular network fabric. For example, the introduction of a retail ERP platform within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) network, offers a host of intrinsic utilities that enhance the overall system infrastructure including; auto scripting, automated updating, active monitoring, and extended user reporting, along with powerful processing and deep security. Together with the network framework and the operating system, collaborate technically in order to create a more powerful performance value than before.

2.  Ability to scale up with demand

Some ERP systems do not lend themselves to easy scaling in terms of the number of users or an ability to change the number of integrated hardware elements. In other cases, the total number of these types of elements is strictly limited. Ensure that the retail system you pick allows maximum flexibility so that it can grow with you whenever a business change is on the horizon.

3. Native mobile functionality

This last element really goes to one of the most important values in today’s technological constellation. Some retail systems leverage mobility by integrating third-party mobile systems; however, these applications are sometimes less hoped for in terms of recurrent utility and overall ease of use, since these integration processes typically require a significant degree of end-to-end operational compliance to create optimal results.

On the other hand, if a competitive system is specifically designed and built from the bottom up for use on third party mobile systems, this reduces compliance issues and increased the efficiency of the software.

LS Central is a complete retail management software system. With mobility and the chance to deliver a consistent shopping experience across your all sales channels, LS Central really is the best-integrated software platform for the retail industry. To learn more contact allonline365 on  info@allonline365.com or  +27 (21) 205 3650

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