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In a continuity program, which is also known as a recurring order program, customers do not have to place a new order for each shipment. Instead, the customers receive regular product shipments according to a predefined schedule. Continuity programs provide the ability to create continuity schedules which will have a scheduled shipment and payment. They can be applied for any series of orders where more than one shipment is required at specified intervals.
Orders are generated automatically from the continuity schedule, and payments are billed automatically according to the payment schedule.
The continuity schedule provides full flexibility in defining programs to meet various business needs. You can set information such as
SETING UP CONTINUITY PROGRAMS – PARAMETERS
To set up a continuity program, you must complete the following tasks.
Set the continuity parameters on the Call center parameters page.
Click Retail and commerce > Channel setup > Call center setup. In the left pane, click General, and then, on the Continuity FieldGroup, set the parameters. The following table describes some of the options.
|Continuity days before delivery||The number of days before the delivery date that continuity orders can be processed.
If the number of days before delivery is less than this number, the continuity order can’t be processed.
|Continuity on account bill days||The number of days before the due date of an “on account” continuity bill that the bill is generated.
It’s only used when the payment is of type on account, and the continuity order is being paid through a payment schedule.
|Continuity repeat threshold||A threshold that determines whether repeated continuity events that are not billed up front are displayed when the sales order is created. If this number is less than the number of times that a continuity event should be repeated, the repetition is handled by a batch job.|
|Number of orders to create||The maximum number of continuity child orders to create. If this field is not set, there is no limit.|
|Revenue journal name||The journal name to use when money is transferred from parent revenue accounts to child revenue accounts. This field is used only for upfront billing that uses a payment schedule.|
|Continuity payment profile||The posting profile to use when a continuity payment is booked as a prepayment.|
SETING UP CONTINUITY PROGRAMS – SCHEDULING FORM
Form is used to create a schedule of items, shipments and payments. Child orders are generated automatically from the continuity schedule and payments and are billed automatically according to payment schedules if they are used. You must also add a list of products that are included in the continuity program. Each product receives an event ID number that is assigned sequentially, beginning with 1. The event IDs determine the order that products are sent in.
If customers receive a different product in each shipment, the products are sent in sequential order, based on their event IDs and beginning with the current event.
If customers receive the same product in each shipment, the list contains only one product that has one event ID. The same event occurs repeatedly. You can specify how many times each event is repeated.
1 – Create a continuity program: Continuity program must be created before an item link to it.
2 – Setup continuity lines: You can add lines after the schedule has started or has been activated. If lines are added after schedule is in use existing sales orders in the system won’t be updated. In order to update existing sales orders, you will need to use continuity update workbench.
3 – Setup payment schedules.
4 – Link a continuity program to a product.
5 – Active a continuity program.
If you add this product to a sales order, the Continuity page opens. You can then use that page to create the actual continuity order. The parent product doesn’t specify the individual products that the customer receives in each shipment.
After you’ve set up a continuity program as described above, you can create a continuity order for a customer. You might also have to perform the following additional maintenance tasks.
Continuity Updates Form(Update the current continuity event period): Retail and commerce > Continuity > Continuity updates. The continuity updates form is used to make changes to existing continuity parent sales orders in the system. When a continuity program is modified, the changes will only take effect on new sales orders, so you’ll need to use this workbench in order to update existing orders when changes are required.
The lean manufacturing architecture in Microsoft Dynamics AX 7 consists of production flows, activities, and kanban rules. These structures are fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics AX processes. You can use lean manufacturing in a mixed-mode manufacturing environment that combines various supply, production, and sourcing strategies. These strategies include production orders, batch orders for process industries, purchase orders, and transfer orders.
LEAN MANUFACTURING offers tools that you can use to model lean operations. These tools support and promote the following concepts and business activities:
To create a lean manufacturing foundation, model the manufacturing and logistics processes as production flows. This activity consists of the following tasks:
A pull system produces goods only when goods are needed. This practice reduces delivery lead times and excess inventory. You can use kanbans to plan, track, and process requirements that are based on production flows. To create a kanban framework, create kanban rules that define when kanbans are created, and how the requirements are fulfilled. You can create two types of kanban rules. Manufacturing rules create process kanban jobs, and withdrawal kanban rules create transfer kanban jobs.
You can set up the following replenishment strategies:
When kanbans are created, one or more kanban jobs are generated based on the kanban flow activities that are defined in the kanban rules.
Lean manufacturing provides visibility into the current status of manufacturing and logistics activities that are governed by the kanban rules. As a result, you can plan and prioritize the following tasks:
The following list describes the specialized kanban boards:
Kanban jobs are fully integrated with current processes for inventory transactions in Microsoft Dynamics AX.
In addition, lean manufacturing supports the purchasing and invoicing processes for services that are referenced by subcontracted activities.
You can assign purchase agreement lines and services to subcontracted activities.
You can create periodic purchase orders and receipt advices to support the purchase and invoicing of the services.
To have control, you need a real-time view of your business and products. And, with that control, you can have more efficient people and processes, a better handle on costs, happier customers and, ultimately, greater profits. Features include:
Why Retail Warehouses are different? – We need to consider this facts:
Also there is a few questions related to Movement:
Seasonality inspires many issues / features.
Can you support the seasonal starts?
Can you support the replenishment stores?
Unique products & flow demand lots of functionality, review this figure:
Also with this complexity we need to answer this questions:
All this scenarios Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 could handle with new functionality included out of the box with Warehouse Management.
Functionality for Retail & Warehouse Management:
What’s New on Warehouse management: