So where does it start? Where does it end? And what is everything in between that I need to consider? The origin of Inventory starts with a Sales Order. Without a sales order, there is no need for inventory. Think about it … sales orders are generated from demand … demand for your products. In the distribution industry, inventory is the supply that is needed to meet this demand. If we can automate the beginning of our Supply Chain … everything gets easier downstream. Complex Lot/Serial tracking data-entry, when automated, is done once. Making it easier to track and trace, easier to report on the real-time visibility to each inventory movement, and easier to protect your brand and corporate image in the event of a product recall.
In the event of product recall, you are in charge. Each movement into and out of your supply chain has traceability through individual user log-in credentials, with a time/date stamp to each movement with items and their tracking attributes. Powerful scanning tools range from ruggedized mobile computers from Intermec or Motorola to the power of smartphones and tablets. Smartphones and tablets are increasingly entering the supply chain with semi-rugged barcode scanners and powerful user-interfaces that significantly reduce training time, costs, and complexity to deploy! iOS or Android based applications from Appolis are emerging in distribution with rapid adoption. It’s not just the sales team who needs visibility to inventory available for sale, but for technicians who track consumption on their jobs and projects in the field. Remote locations are now “inside” your supply chain eco-system. Visibility to inventory consumption means auto-replenishment and real-time invoicing will optimize your cash utilization. Simplifying the jobs of your cross-functional teams … finance, warehouse, sales, purchasing, and IT are all enabled through these best-of breed automation solutions brought to you by Appolis and sales entry solutions.
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