5 Warehouse Best Practices you find in Dynamics 365 SCM

Are you one of the many supply chain managers who are looking for the best ways to enhance your warehouse’s automation process? Recent studies reveal that while most supply chain managers want to upgrade their automation processes only 43% of businesses can actually achieve functional automation. 

We have found that the best way to carry out warehouse automation is by introducing a Dynamic 365 Supply Chain Management Warehouse into your business. However, it must be set up right so that this new method can suit and compliment your current business processes. Before embarking on an automation transformation you must consider the practices in your warehouse that is baked into the structure of your business and then springboard from there.

Why are warehouse best practices important?

There are good practices for a reason. They are intended to assist businesses to expertly navigate their niche’s most common challenges.

Many of these best practices concentrate on organizational logistics for intelligent manufacturing. Some of the big challenges faced today by supply chain executives include:

  • Secure and safe handling of the manual
  • Jobs and retention of professional staff
  • IoT technology implementation
  • Ensuring robotics and automation
  • Preservation of exact inventory levels
  • Meet consumer shipping and distribution requirements

Many WMS and ERP systems have pre-configured best practices to mitigate pain points for all these issues (and more). Let’s learn about the basics and how you can automate and streamline your supply chain.

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What is supply chain dynamics 365?

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management modules help workers and companies with predictive analytics that convert data into insights to better policy decision-making in order to achieve a holistic view of inventory, warehouse, distribution, service, and logistics.

1.  Smarter Picking

 

Efficient SKU recovery is critical to optimize time in your warehouse. Slots features allow you to decide which items are put in the majority of ERP applications and distance staff need to move to get them. 

Depending on the setup, there are several different ways to do this job. Some companies want to speed up their items, where shipment dock for fast transactions is closest to the highest quantity of goods. Others tend to fit into the slot because they want to boost their cubic space in their warehouse.

2.  Optimized Warehouse Space

 

With barcode scanners and bin position-trackers, modern WMS systems combine to help you easily locate and track unoccupied storage areas. These observations will allow you to assess your existing capacity and availability more accurately. You can, for instance, find space for subassembly and kitting, where workers can do light-weight packing before shipping. These spaces can be specifically set up in your framework so that suppliers can know how and where to supply the posts. You can also keep track of how this space is used to maximize available warehouse space. 

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3.  Automate Cycle Counting

 

While cycle counting is a tedious part of warehouse maintenance and management, it is very important. Luckily, ERP systems will help simplify and speed up this process by keeping your warehouse in the best order without tension.

You can begin by defining the frequency to be followed by your cycle. Some businesses tend to do this task every day, while others choose a pre-determined pattern or weekly. From here, for an even more oriented approach, you could limit your preferences by item type.

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4.  Better Data Insights

 

The storage-efficiency analytical workplace is now available with embedded Power BI. With an inventory management warehouse, the data can allow warehouse managers to quickly and easily see where performance changes are required by tracking inbound, outbound, and inventory metrics.

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5.  Focus on your Return on investment (ROI)

 

Dynamics 365 ROI(Check our free ROI calculator) prospects for warehouse management features like:

  • Precise evaluations of inventory and visibility in real-time
  • Data at your fingertips available
  • The time to find inventory decreases
  • Increased revenue through the reduction of short ships, transportation, and late transport
  • Customized Picking 
  • Enhanced factory staff’ efficiency

 

Bottom Line

 

If you want to know more about Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations warehouse management and smart inventory management system can be successful for you it’s time to reach out to us at DFSM. we are always here!

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Dynamics 365 supply chain new capabilities (2021 Release)

Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management is a full supply chain solution that helps businesses achieve their supply chains visibility, resilience, and performance and improve supply chain capabilities.

 Supply Chain Management Highlights

 

  • Offer the Inventory Visibility Add-in a single, organizationally accessible source of truth for inventory quantity and inventory control.
  • Enable visibility of goods in transit and measure the cost of finished goods using landed costs and location profiles.
  • Facilitate asset management consumer transparency and reliability by allowing them to account for their customers’ maintenance.
  • Reduce the time and costs of training and improve warehouse workers’ productivity with a new, user-friendly mobile device app.
  • Comply with the Global Inventory Accounting Add-in to international accounting principles.
  • Reduce time and administrative effort related to reimbursement and deduction services through management of rebates and work templates.
  • Enable customers, without interruption or in size, conduct task-critical operations by expanding their resiliency into manufacturing and warehouse operations.
  • Help manufacturers monitor their development schedule and warehouse processes and evaluate delivery lead times, allowing them to manage both lead time buffers and the planning horizon.
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Plan

 

This release focuses on the addition to Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, including constant preparation of material requirement planning II (MRP II) capabilities. MRP II (read about the difference) assists planners in monitoring their production schedules in manufacturing firms and in deciding delivery times. 

This release also introduces further changes in the planning optimization to take advantage of purchasing inputs and the staged demand prediction model and enable planners to handle both periods and the planning horizons more flexibly.

Users can expect better and amazing enhancements in planning optimization:

  • Users may accept routine orders and make sure that improvements are retained throughout the next master plan.
  • The margin of receipt will now be applied for the measurement of lead time.
  • During master planning, service items are automatically filtered out to prevent the provision of service items.
  • Expected intercorporate demand from other businesses is now included.
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Inventory and logistics

 

Microsoft is offering some new inventory and logistics features in this release of Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management to help businesses gain visibility, resilience, and effectiveness in their supply chain. Firstly, the visibility add-in for inventory equilibriums offers a single, corporate source of reality.

 It has also started the landing costs, a new feature that offers goods-in-transit visibility and calculates shipments’ estimated and true landing costs. Our mobile warehouse redesign app gives warehouse staff a new, user-friendly interface that helps them to train faster and more efficiently each day. 

Preview of Inventory Visibility Add-in

 

With this feature, businesses can maintain a single global inventory location and easily expand inventory visibility through related applications in real-time. Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management Inventory visibility add-in is an independent, highly scalable, and high-volume microservice that enables retailers and manufacturers to handle millions of inventory updates per minute and obtain an in-channel stock location in real-time.

New inventory dimensions for product version tracking and enhanced extensibility

 

Version is a product dimension that supports businesses in managing and monitoring various product versions through the supply chain. The new standardized dimensions allow for greater flexibility to expand the application’s functionality to suit their business needs. 

Engineering Change Management

 

For manufacturers to succeed in an environment of ever-reducing product life cycles, the demands for quality and reliability, and increasing their emphasis on product protection, the Engineering Change Management Adjunct for Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Manager offers solid data, version control, and product changing management framework. This inventory management system allows producers to simplify product data management, reduce costs, reduce production defects, reduce waste when design changes are made, and monitor new products’ entry.

Advanced Warehousing

 

The advanced warehouse management Dynamics 365 module helps you handle warehouse operations in production, distribution, and retail enterprises. This module has a wide variety of functions to provide full support for the warehouse at all times. Advanced warehouse structures benefit transportation, development, quality control, acquisition, transfer, sales, returns, and warehousing management completely integrated with other business processes.

Process transfer orders from warehouse app

 

This feature of the warehouse’s app in d365fo allows warehouse staff to generate and process sales orders from the warehouse application directly. The warehouse employees will start by choosing the destination warehouse and then use the app to scan one or more license plates for the transfer order. If a warehouse worker prefers Full order, a batch job produces the order and order lines based on the on-line stock levels registered for the license plates.

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Manufacturing

 

This release concentrates on allowing customers to carry out manufacturing procedures that are critically essential to tasks without interference by expanding their cloud hub with border units on the shop floor and building resilience into key manufacturing processes. It also introduces upgrades and new technologies to the production floor’s execution interface, including the incorporation of asset management.

Asset management 

 

This release offers reliability and accountability for businesses that use Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management asset management complements to maintain their customers’ assets. It helps those businesses to pay for the maintenance they do for their customers. It also provides incremental changes that simplify and increase the efficiency of planned maintenance planning and execution and ensure necessary maintenance work is carried out at the right time, for instance, based on sensor details.

Final thoughts

Now, you understand a lot about the release and its new additions. If you are still worrying about applying it to your business, you can always get to the DFSM consultations for more information and request Dynamics 365 supply chain management demo.

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