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Warehouse management is inherently complicated. Whether you’re shipping or receiving, picking or putting away – there are a million things that could go wrong and disrupt your business. This is why at Indusa, we recognize Microsoft Dynamics AX R3 Warehouse Management System (WMS) is providing manufacturers with a powerful tool for warehouse management.  It gives you flexibility and control in order to optimize process and improve your inventory insight. You can review the first post about the features of inbound and put-away in the WMS, the second post about picking and pulling materials for jobs. This last post is about the benefits of distribution and outbound in WMS.

Microsoft Dynamics AX – Distribution and Outbound benefits

Now you can be great with your inbound and put-away process, and you may have picking down to a science; however, if it all falls down in the end, then your customers’ satisfaction may still suffer. The WMS in Microsoft Dynamics AX gives you the insights to maximize the efficiency of your distribution process to reduce delivery time to ensure that customer demands are satisfied. Let’s check out the features that are streamlining the distribution and outbound processes –

Attributes:  You can determine and customize the items that certain business units or retailers can sell based on attributes. So, you can agree that one retailer sells a red cup while the other gets exclusive rights to the blue cup, and you can set those parameters in the WMS to avoid confusion in the warehouse.  Also, if out of stock of one item, you can easily provide substitutions at a glance to offer the customer, whether it’s a different color or type of material.

Shipments with output orders:  You can easily specify a shipment as being a sales or customer order shipment.  You are also able to include shipments for multiple orders per customer.  If you want to notify the receiver with an advanced shipping noticed so they are aware that their order will be arriving earlier than expected, that can be setup as well.  Do you move items in between warehouses?  There’s help with that as well; you can use transfers when moving items between warehouses to improve efficiency by using lead time, item tracking, and bills of lading.

Different pallet types:  The WMS also allows you to choose the pallet transport type, from input, output, or refill order.  You are then also allowed to prioritize order types.

Shelf life and obsolescence:  You are better able to identify which products are obsolete for clearance and sale items through warehouse management by being able to identify these items with a pre-determined obsolescence date.

This series is just a brief overview of the many features and benefits of the WMS in Dynamics AX.  Features such as placement and storage, inventory dimensions, attributes, arrival journals, output orders, shipment orders, different pallet types, the RFID and bar-coding technology, and quarantine management are boosting the capabilities of materials management strategies to enhance your operational competitiveness.

If you still aren’t convinced or want to see more, we’d be happy to show you in-person.  Just click the button, fill out and the form and we’ll come to you.

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You’ve now followed along for the complete blog series. If you missed any of the previous postings, you can find them below

Part 1: Microsoft Dynamics Warehouse Management System – Redefining Materials Management Strategies Three Part Series, Part 1 – Inbound and Put-away

Part 2: Microsoft Dynamics Warehouse Management System – Redefining Materials Management Strategies Three Part Series, Part 2 – Picking and Pulling Materials For Jobs

About the Author – Keith Reali

Keith is a financial and management executive with broad experience in all aspects of business including general management, project management, cost management and financial management.


Contributing Writers: Elena Britton and Sarah Van Wambeke

Topics: ERP