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Enterprise Systems to WMS Integration

Warehouse Management Systems are becoming popular as supply chain logistics become ever more complicated along with increasing customer demands.  With an escalating volume of inventory movement, many organizations are turning to technology to streamline operations and meet these challenges. Seamless Enterprise Systems to WMS Integration can help your company reach its supply chain operational goals.

Advanced technology through Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) allow companies to respond to evolving market pressures and deliver on ever-shrinking time to delivery windows. These systems efficiently capture every scan, every movement of inventory and are designed to make both accuracies along with cost reduction a top priority.

Improving the speed and accuracy of the fulfillment process and reducing the cost of labor are the key issues that distribution and warehouse-related businesses face. Gaining control over these issues requires technology that optimizes the utilization of your people and your assets–more than an automated data collection system that simply extends the paper processes leveraged from within some ERP System. ERP systems typically have extensive financial and inventory control functionality, however, not enough capabilities when advanced warehouse demands are required.

HighJump Warehouse Edge was built to empower you to automate your warehouse using tools like conveyors, carousels, sophisticated picking algorithms, advance replenishment methods, and order allocation, delivered in a simple, intuitive solution that can be implemented quickly and efficiently-providing your company the advanced warehousing inventory control functionality you need.

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Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A HighJump Partner in the United States.

WMS for Microsoft Dynamics NAV ERP

Microsoft Dynamics NAV is a very mature, tested and proven ERP solution; known for its robust financial and inventory management capabilities. However, many organizations seek additional supply chain execution and trading partner integration functionality in order to achieve a more enhanced total end-to-end solution.  HighJump Warehouse Edge (formerly AccellosOne) is design to meet these complex warehouse challenges and have a tight integration with many Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems including Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

Learn why thousands of Microsoft Dynamics customers trust HighJump with their complex supply chain needs.

Scalability: HighJump Warehouse Edge is designed for small to mid-sized businesses, meaning it doesn’t require an army of IT staff to support. You are able to start with the functionality that you need now at a price that makes sense and scale for growth over time. Our seamlessly integrated modules and applications are available to you when you need them.

Advanced Warehouse Functionality for NAV: HighJump Warehouse is built on a web-centric platform with standard best-of-breed warehouse management features, as well as:

  • Dynamic Directed Putaway
  • Several Bar Code Supported Picking Styles such as; Wave, Cluster, Zone, Batch, and others.
  • Enhanced Container Management
  • Delivery and Load Building
  • Advanced Replenishment
  • Cartonization
  • Repackaging
  • Voice Picking
  • RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
  • Integrated ASN Manager
  • Powerful Multi-Carrier Shipping
  • And More!

Microsoft Workflow Engine: We’ve incorporated Microsoft’s advanced workflow engine in the HighJump Platform. Workflow empowers you to customize the functionality of the WMS rather than writing code. Better results and easier upgrades.

Real Time Information: The new Advanced Event Engine provides powerful tools designed to leverage the system to deliver real-time information on behalf of your employees. The system can tap new orders, receipts, bills, or customers that meet user defined criteria and generate emails, text messages, workflows, database updates, or custom actions.

Enhanced Supply Chain Intelligence: HighJump Warhehouse Edge for Dynamics NAV delivers more powerful access to key performance indicators (KPIs) that can assist a business manager in more effectively making decisions within their business. New Pivot capabilities enable users virtually limitless ways to slice and dice information. The Win 8.1 tablet app mobilizes information wherever it is needed to illuminate trends and highlight outliers so that effective decision making becomes commonplace

Performance Reporting: HighJump WMS incorporates the powerful HighJump Report application to enhance the core reporting capability, deliver new Performance Reports, and allow for better user definable reporting extensions.

Download the HighJump Warehouse Management Systems WMS for Dynamics NAV Brochure.

Posted by iCepts Technology Group, Inc. A HighJump WMS Partner for Dynamics NAV ERP

3 Warehouse Management Fundamentals for better Automation

In the tough global economy that we find ourselves in, companies are increasingly looking for tools to help them do more with less. It’s not OK anymore to simply get the job done, we have to find ways to continue to increase responsiveness, drive down cost and not grow resources at the same time. Not a job for the faint of heart!

Automating operations in your warehouse attacks many of the variable costs that a distribution company or center controls:

1. Labor

2. Physical space

3. Inventory

This post addresses how automating warehouse processes, such in Warehouse Management Systems, can help companies like yours do more with less. It focuses on how system directed processes, like put away, can allow you to maximize the use of your warehouse labor pool, improve the utilization of your warehouse space and assist you in stocking and locating your high velocity items.

Fundamentals of Warehouse Automation:

Let’s start with ensuring that we’re speaking a common language. Many people view the use of a handheld computer as warehouse automation. In some respects, it is hard to argue with that definition as they are unquestionably taking intelligence to the warehouse floor. But, it doesn’t truly provide the gains that can be achieved through the use of a fully featured warehouse system. Generally, warehouse automation falls into three categories:

1. Automated data collection – the use of handheld computer to “record” manually assigned activities on the warehouse floor. Examples would be picking, receiving and counting.

2. Warehouse management – the use of business rules and algorithms to determine the optimal way of picking, receiving, storing and counting and the subsequent of assignment of those tasks by the system to individuals using handheld computers in the warehouse

3. Warehouse control or automation – the incorporation of sophisticated hardware, such as conveyors, diverters, carousels, vertical lift stations, etc, to supplement the capabilities of warehouse workers in completing system directed tasks

System Directed Putaway:

We’re going to focus on the benefits to be gained through the use of definable business rules that drive putaway activities in the warehouse.

Putaway is normally thought of as the process of moving received inventory from its current location (the dock, kitting area, or production department) to a bin or overstock location. The putaway process is also used to relocate inventory within the warehouse and to replenish dedicated bins with inventory from overstock. System directed putaway is when the system recommends or chooses the optimal destination bin rather than the operator selecting it.

While the benefits are numerous, from better management of returns to improved customer service, these are the areas that users typically find:

1. Improved use of labor

a. By utilizing predefined business rules, the system eliminates the guess work that a warehouse worker goes through today to locate a bin

2. What partially full bin could this item fit in?

3. How close is this bin to other locations for this item?

4. Based upon the velocity of this item, where should it be located to minimize picking time?

a. The picking process becomes more efficient because all products follow the business rules developed to maximize utilization AND effectiveness of storage

b. The time it takes a new warehouse worker to become effective dramatically diminishes. They don’t need to fully understand nor appreciate the physical layout of the warehouse nor do they need to be familiar with the extensive product catalog that a company may have

5. Maximized use of physical space

a. By following the predefined business rules, the system will better allocate physical space to allow for more products and if needed increased quantities of existing products within the existing space available

b. The system will create a better plan for sensitive items like those that are lot-controlled, serial tracked, hazmat, etc.

While most directed putaway systems allow for a virtually unlimited set of business rules to be defined, there are typically a few key factors that drive the rules:

1. The product or product categories utilization

a. Is the product a raw material that is used in kitting or production? If so, locating it near the production facility along with its peer products will drive better effectiveness in the warehouse

b. Is the product a replacement part used in a warranty and repair operation? Same logic as production. Locate it near the repair facility and minimize the physical movement of the goods within the warehouse

c. Is the product typically sold in “eaches?” If so, locating it in a high velocity location such as a carousel would be advisable

d. Is the product generally shipped on a sales order? And, do sales orders usually include a mix of vendors? If shipments are usually homogeneous by vendor, organizing your warehouse around vendor specific guidelines will net positive results. And, directed put-away rules can systematically enforce that organization

2. The type of packaging and storage requirements for a product

a. Does the product require special handling such as refrigeration?

b. Is the product stored in large spools or in bundles (i.e. lumber)?

c. Is the product typically sold by the case or by the pallet?

d. Does the product have specific weight characteristics that require specialized racking or storage?

3. The product or product category’s sales velocity

a. Does the product have a high number of bin hits, but a limited quantity sold?

b. Does the product have a minimal number of bin hits, but a high quantity sold?

c. Is the product “held” for one specific customer or group of customers?

d. Do different packages of a product exhibit different sales velocity?

In Summary:

A warehouse manager’s job is to ideally locate all of the products within a warehouse taking all of these factors into consideration. You can imagine the level of difficulty when you try to accomplish this manually. A directed put-away system allows you to build rules by product, product category or product and packaging to accommodate the parameters that we’ve just discussed. It allows the warehouse manager to nest rules – meaning that there is a primary rule that would ideally be applied, but in the case where that rule can’t be adhered to there can be secondary or tertiary rules that apply.

At the end of the day, the directed put-away systems’ job is to assess the available space in the warehouse and direct the warehouse worker to locate the product (either initially from receiving, from replenishment or by a move) to the bin that best meets the rules that the warehouse.

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Achieve over 99% Picking Accuracy with WMS

Warehouse Management System (WMS) allow you optimize your business processes, space and labor in order to achieve tremendous inventory movement efficiency.  Warehousing technology can have a surprising short return on investment (ROI) once fully implemented and utilized along a company’s warehouse(s).

Although there are typically “non-quantitative” results from choosing a Warehouse Management System such as a boost in customer service levels, for example, or keeping personnel cost down and an increase in warehouse operations.   There are, however, several measurable numbers on how this technology can help the movement of goods in your warehouse such as:

Order Accuracy:  Achieving over 99% AccuracyWarehouse Man with Scanner

Outbound Shipments:  Volume increases 15%; double your orders per day Inventory

Accuracy: Over 99% and up to 85% less inventory loss

Picking Times and Lines:  Reduced time 20% and triple number of lines picked

Directed Put-away: Replenish accuracy over 99%

In addition, Warehouse Management Systems generally have seamless Integrations to many Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) and other supply chain management technology such as EDI solutions.

Warehousing technology, such as HighJump AccellosOne WMS, can play a vital role in completing and optimizing your supply chain to achieve a total optimize solution with measurable results.  In our technology-driven business environment, customers are increasing demanding these solutions to properly support their requirements.

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Posted by iCepts Technology group, Inc. An Accellos Warehouse Management Systems partner in Pennsylvania.

Better Inventory Flow with Warehouse Management Systems; Part 1-Receiving

From order entry to fulfillment, Accellos One Warehouse works together with your ERP system to provide the end-to-end solution for the materials handling management and real-time inventory visibility throughout the enterprise.  Accellos One integrates with many popular ERP systems including the Microsoft Dynamics Suite of ERP Systems.

This document highlights a high-level process flow, derived from a subset of available functionality within Accellos One Warehouse:

• Advanced multi-warehouse, multi-zone and multi-bin managementScanner-001Box3

• Automated goods-receipt processing

• Order management including advanced allocation and pick document distribution

• Pick bin replenishment

• Advanced pick and pack strategies for optimal warehouse performance

• Shipping

Once a purchase order has been entered into your ERP system, it is seamlessly transferred to the WWMS (Warehouse Management Software) where receivers await shipment.  They are armed with wireless mobile computers that have integrated bar code scanners.

After an inbound shipment arrives at the warehouse, the receiving team will typically unload the truck and grab the paperwork to identify which purchase orders are being received.

The first job of the WMS software is to receive items accurately into the warehouse and then reconcile the shipment against the original purchase orders entered into your ERP system.

Rather than using pen and paper to reconcile physical receipts, the receiver will bring up the purchase orders on a handheld computer. Once this is done, the receiver only needs to start identifying the product that is being unloaded (in no particular sequence).

With Accellos One Warehouse Management Systems, the receiver counts down against items being received right off of the container. It validates items against multiple purchase orders in the background, and then seamlessly updates your ERP system. No more paperwork!

Because a receipt is recorded as soon as items are entered into the handheld, stock may be immediately put away to a bin location.

Bin location assignment following receipt may be automatic; stock can be transferred to a temporary receiving location if receipts are to be staged prior to put-away.

Most of the time, stock will be put-away following goods receipt.  If there are backorders waiting for product (standard or non-stock) or there is a “low stock alert,” stock may be put away directly to pick locations. Otherwise, stock handlers will move pallets into bulk locations (typically up in the pallet racks or on floor stacks).

Whether you receive floor loaded containers from overseas or small shipments by common courier, Accellos One Warehouse has tools to enable accurate, efficient receiving:

• Receive multiple orders simultaneously in no sequence, without paperwork

• Scan product bar code or use quick lookup functions to identify products as they are being received

• Print carton or pallet-ID labels as product is being received

• Receive multiple pack-sizes on the fly.

• Cross-dock non-stock items to forward pick locations

• Immediately put product away without staging

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How Goods Move through a Warehouse Correctly