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Inventory Management

Smaller businesses need to strike a balance between power and simplicity. Just because you’re not a big company doesn’t mean the complexity that comes with running inbound and outbound logistics goes away.

That's why you can count on BizAutomation to provide you cutting edge, best practices based inventory management, while still being easy to use.

Also see our Order & Supply Chain Management section

Inventory Management Solutions

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Warehouse Management - WMS

  • - Multiple Warehouses (Barcode ready). Inventory bin / Location control
  • - Single & Two-Step Stock Transfers
  • - Generic Global & Virtual Warehouses
  • - Supply Chain Integration / 3PL Integration
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Item Management

  • - Serial & Lot#s with expiration dates
  • - Inventory, Non-inventory, & Drop-ship
  • - Kits & Assemblies (with B.O.M.s)
  • - Matrix items with attributes & variations
  • - Service & Labor (uses hourly UOMs)
  • - Create & Print Bar Codes
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Transactions & Audit Trails

  • - Track every transaction tied to an item (sales orders, purchase orders, etc..)
  • - Trace all item movements from creation, to transfers, to allocation release.
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Item Replenishment

  • - Build a demand plan based on release dates, seasonality, & sales forecasting.
  • - Incorporate lead times & reorder points
  • - Auto-Replenish Non-Inventory & Back-Order while creating Sales Orders
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Multiple Units of Measure (UOMs)

  • -Eaches, Units, Base UOMs, Buy UOMs, Sale UOMs, Custom UOMs, and relationships between UOMs (e.g. 1 "six pack" is equal to 6 "each" UOM).
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Custom Reports & Views

  • - Write custom reports from any default and custom field from inventory and orders data.
  • - Item list columns are customizable and sortable
  • - Share reports on a role based dashboard.
Fact

Over 90% of businesses run multiple copies of their inventory scattered across accounting, WMS, order management, manufacturing, and web stores.

Question

Are all your inventory databases synchronized so that a change to one affect all in lock-step ?

Solution

If you had a single version of the truth, with a single inventory orchestrating what happens in ALL the other modules and apps that need to interact with it (on a single database) your business will flourish. Before getting carried away with features, it’s important to start with data integrity at the foundation.

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Which is better - Warehouse Management (WMS) within ERP or a Stand Alone WMS ?

In a recent Softwareconnect survey, 55% of prospective WMS buyers were looking to buy stand alone systems vs 45% wanting WMS within ERP. Even when factoring in that 20% of those surveyed were involved in some form of 3rd party shipping where a stand alone WMS does make sense, that would mean that about 50% of regular businesses still thought a stand alone WMS was the way to go. As customer advocates this study floored us, because if you’re a wholesale distributor and think a stand alone WMS is worth considering, let us make the case for why this would be a mistake.

Why a wholesale distributor should always prefer WMS within ERP

A little technical background for you to ponder
Standalone WMS systems - like all apps, run on a database. These databases contain tables which relate to one another (referred to as “relational theory”). This is awesome because they avoid the need to duplicate data through a neat trick referred to as “referential integrity” but ONLY so long as you keep tables properly related, which is what makes “Single version of the truth” possible. So for example, you might have an warehouse table that relates to an item table in what’s referred to as a one to many relationship, because one warehouse can contain many items. In turn, those items might relate to Orders (because one order can contain many items), which might relate back to Customers (one customer can contain many orders). Because of these relationships, you always have a single version of the truth so there's only one warehouse record, one item record, one customer record, etc... all shared as needed. See how easy that was ?

Here’s where you run into problems
When you take a WMS app (which includes inventory) and you try to integrate (aka "connect") its data to OTHER databases such as Accounting, a Web-Store, ERP, etc… where each of these apps contains its own database, the only way to integrate the data is to copy it from one database to the other, thereby creating a duplicate, and that's why a connected app isn't true integration. Now that you have multiple copies of the same warehouse, item, order, etc... you bring a whole heap of problems to your business, because keeping those duplicates in sync for integrity of reporting, workflow, and basic tracking, becomes a tricky proposition indeed.