How Microsoft Dynamics AX meets the needs of retail warehouses
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:
- Order management
- Warehouse and transportation logistics
Why Retail Warehouses are different? – We need to consider this facts:
- Storage design is different. Every single box needs a license plate
- Sensitivity to efficient movement. Please review this figure:
Also there is a few questions related to Movement:
- Do you support nested license plates?
- Can we execute replenishments and putaways in groups or must we do each separately?
- How do you batch orders into efficient pick tours?
- How does the system figure out which pick to give a picker next?
- Do you support interleaving of tasks?
Seasonality inspires many issues / features.
Can you support the seasonal starts?
- Flow thru distribution
- Prepacks or “Packages”
Can you support the replenishment stores?
- Cluster picking of store orders
- Packing merchandise into a box by area of store
Unique products & flow demand lots of functionality, review this figure:
Also with this complexity we need to answer this questions:
- What functionality do you have for QC sampling?
- Do you support inbound value added services, i.e. Prep?
- How sophisticated are your putaway rules?
- Can I replenish “off the dock”?
- Do you support gift wrap and gift cards?
- Can I limit who can pick in the High Value Cage to a select group of people?
- How do you handle the personalization of products?
- How can I set the cartonization rules so that hazardous & ship alones do not get mixed with other items in a box?
- Do you support style / size / color?
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:
- You can configure inbound and outbound intelligent workflows.
- You can assign orders to clusters to pick from a single location, and configure profiles to control the validation and packing of items into shipping containers. You can also alternate between picking strategies for batch and non-batch items.
- You can create, implement, and release work by using batch-scheduled or manual processing of waves.
- You can set up cycle counting thresholds, and create ad-hoc cycle counting plans, schedule plans, and cycle count locations and items.
- You can set up container groups to order the sequence of the packing process and create templates to support packing strategies.
- You can use scanners or other mobile devices to optimize precision in the picking and put-away processes.