A box that fell off a pallet, or an order picker who has scanned the wrong barcode. Whatever the reason may be, every logistics provider encounters from time to time a difference between the true inventory in the warehouse and the administrative inventory in the WMS.
But manually checking whether the inventory is correct is an inefficient and costly process. A colleague must be made available to count the inventory, the inventory must be compared with the inventory list from the WMS and finally, the differences must be booked in a bank book.
Isn’t there another way to tackle this? Especially when you think about all the new technological possibilities that are continuously released? For example by dispatching the counting tasks directly through a client or scanner?
The solution 3PL-Dynamics has been offering you insights into the inventory and the possibility to easily handle the booking of goods for years. From now on, with the addition of the module Cycle Counting, you will have the possibility to perform system-controlled real-time counting and book differences – for example with the use of a scanner. The module offers different possibilities, such as ad hoc counting on the basis of parameters or controlled counting tasks from “the office”. The counting tasks are tracked in a separate table, so you can monitor the progress of the counting tasks– based on statuses. In addition, you can always retrieve these in past counting.
Simply register a “Cycle Counting” method on the customer article and/or location. Within this method, you can register in which type of situation counting is required. For example:
When you, for example, are sent to the location to pick one or more units, the scanner will release a trigger which takes a look at the specifications of the customer article and/or location.
Based on the set-up, it will switch – within the scanning process – towards a sub-process that lets the user perform a counting.
With ad hoc counting it is assumed a counting will be triggered when arriving at a certain location or customer article. Of course, it is possible certain that certain items or locations are not approached for a longer period. In these cases, there will not be any counting. For this, you will be able to start the system-controlled counting tasks.
Another possibility within Cycle Counting is system-controlled counting tasks. There are not initiated through the scanner but from the client. With this, you can generate counting tasks for parts of your warehouse. For example:
The controlled counting tasks can be performed both manually or through the scanner. In the case of manually performing, you can print the counting tasks and process the results in the client.
You can dispatch the counting tasks through the scanner. Depending on the approach (ad hoc or controlled), the employee receives the task to count the number of units on the location. Within the set-up, you can determine certain design choices with your consultant, for example:
Found differences can always be processed into the inventory through the client, directly from the table with Cycle Counting Tasks.
Would you like to stop manually controling, that a counting went in order and the inventory status in warehouse corresponds with the system one? Contact us!