[This question was submitted by a desperate clothier a while back]
A great many businesses selling apparel want more data on their product tags, whether they sell shoes, t-shirts or in this case, jackets. The modern science of barcoding usually solves this challenge for them by printing off SKU numbers, which allow for multiple bits of information to be combined within the SKU.
For example, MAJAN is a possible section of a SKU number that provides two characters for the manufacturer’s name (MA for Marshall), two characters for the product (JA for jacket) and one character for material (N for nylon). In addition to NRF (National Retail Foundation) codes, manufacturer’s lot information can appear on the tag (such as 01-BK-L, which represents style 1, color black and size large) and many such barcode labels (tags) can be formatted to contain almost any information the seller requires.
One example produced for the person who asked the question is as follows:
In it, the customer wanted the item price, size and color information, SKU info and the item description, and that’s precisely what she got, in the layout style she needed. SIMMS Inventory Management software uses Crystal Reports to edit the content and design of the barcodes to fit dozens of industry-standard barcode tags, and customization can go beyond the established list to suit any company’s size and layout needs.
Contact KCSI today to learn more about how the details you want on your price tags can be added with speed and ease if you use SIMMS as your barcoding/price tagging solution.
A customer calls with a need for a package of exactly twenty units of a certain product. However, your local storeroom only has fifteen. Using SIMMS Inventory Management software, the concern is quickly forgotten with a quick glance at SIMMS’ Quick Stock Window, which shows you all your stock in all your locations, both local and distant. You confirm the delivery with the customer then process an Item Transfer. Location B across town has the other five and you transfer them to your branch, and upon arrival, the entire shipment is out the door to the customer, as requested.
SIMMS’ Item Transfers are made from a simple Transfer window that allows movement of single items (or groups of items) simply and easily. The transfer confirmation process allows for complete up-to-the-minute accuracy when the receiving department logs into SIMMS the moment the goods physically arrive. Transfers can contain many items, all of which can be targeted specifically, such as Item 1 going to Shelf A, Item Two going to Bin B and Item 3 going to Room C.
Thus, while other companies are scrambling to both get orders placed with their vendors and then scheduling the delivery date(s) with their customers, you’ve already got the order on its way to the customer. Let your competitors be rushed and frustrated. With SIMMS Item Transfer feature, you can keep your cool and provide precise and timely service to your customers.
Contact KCSI today to learn more about how SIMMS can help your business succeed while you can devote more time to growing it instead of wasting time trying to run it.
SIMMS’ Fulfillment Module is designed to work in conjunction with the Replenishment Module. Once a purchase order has been generated for the stock required to fill sales orders and the purchase order has been approved and received, the sales order is added to the list in the Fulfillment Module waiting for the order to be picked and invoiced. You can process all items on a sales order into an invoice or invoice individual items on a sales order. In addition, you have the option to invoice individual sales orders or automatically invoice all sales orders, using the “Recalculate Fill Quantity” process (the fill quantityis the item’s quantity on a sales order).
Order selection can be filtered by customers, categories or items. Fill quantities can be automatically filled using available stock or reset to zero, and then can be recalculated at any time. You can manually enter only the quantities they need, avoiding investment in overstocking, thus saving you time and money. Once the required amount of stock is known, purchase orders can be created for unavailable stock involved in the fulfillment process, either an item at a time or by the batch of required items. Quantities of items already on purchase orders are displayed, helping you to avoid creating duplicate orders. Invoices that feature all (or some) fulfillment items can be generated, while any items that are already invoiced (or partially invoiced) are displayed. Comprehensive picking lists can be generated once selected quantities have been either manually or automatically updated.
SIMMS’ Fulfillment keeps all details of the stock you have ordered – or need to order – clear and concise so that you are not wasting extra time and money on stock that is not needed.
Item depreciation is an important concern of inventory. Rotation of stock and knowledge of which items bring the greatest returns is only accurate after you have calculated the items’ depreciation. This detail of asset management is fully integrated into SIMMS to suit your requirements while eliminating redundant data entry. Information available through this module enables you to forecast next year’s depreciation expenses by employing the Accounting Modules, allowing the allocation of the depreciation for groups of assets – or individual assets — to more than one source of funding and allowing automatic journal entries to be created.
On a per-month basis depreciation is applied from its first day in the warehouse and can be reported on monthly, quarterly or annually. Customized or standard depreciation methods can be employed, and the module complies with both GASB (Governmental Accounting Standards Board) 34 and 35 requirements, as well as allowing the protection of depreciation information amongst the users of the program.
We’re interested in hearing from you — the Inventory Managers and personnel — about things you wish worked better in your system. Please feel free to post your wish list for features, name the challenges you have in your specific business or industry, or just ask questions about how your inventory experience could be better.
We’ll poll our experts for comments and advice to help you achieve your goals.
Inventory is always about information. If you don’t have enough stock, your customers go elsewhere; if you don’t have enough information, you can’t fix your stock shortage problems.
SIMMS Inventory Management software provides advance notice of pending reorder points and helps you plan order of inventory that not only will guarantee that you have enough goods to keep your clients supplied but also helps you take advantage of volume buys that optimize your cash investment and lead to stock turnover — where you reap the profits from the sales of that stock.
In any production/manufacturing center, works in process (WIPs) are commonplace (unfortunately) but sometimes are inevitable (and whose frequency of occurrence should be kept to a minimum). With SIMMS Inventory Management software, every step — and most importantly every REASON — for a WIP can be logged and tracked, with the eventual aim toward identifying the factors causing any hold-up in their completion.
WIPs require dedicated and valuable storage space and goods assigned, which, if used in other BOM (kit) manufacture, can cause those BOMs to remain incomplete for longer that usual, mostly due to insufficient component stock counts.
One method employed for good effect that helps a great many WIP delays is known as the Teeter-Totter. The goal is to have as many of the subassemblies completed ahead of time so that the master assemblies — the most common instances of WIPs — can be completed as soon as possible. This pre-build concept emphasizes the image of a stack of subassemblies teetering in a tall stack, ready to be used, rather than the WIP tottering on the edge of the manufacutring bench, waiting for that last piece to be added at some unknown date in the future. Contact KCSI today to learn more about how SIMMS can help you improve your stock lead times so that the number of WIPs can be minimized.
The greatest single asset any business can have regarding its inventory management is nothing more technical than an human being dedicated to the tasks required by inventory. Many businesses rely on machines from data collectors to security cameras but somewhere in the system must be an individual whose thorough understanding and adherence to sound inventory management standards. Armed with the most complete and easy-to-use tools — SIMMS Inventory Management software, for one — this devoted employee can make all the difference to a company’s stock accuracy and customer satisfaction. Someone must thoroughly understand the importance of supply chain science as well as be the versatile and reliable coordinator of physical ins and outs of the business. Inventory Lead Hands are a saving grace and few others have more knowledge of specifics of what you need. Contact KCSI today to learn more about how a set person can use SIMMS to keep you on top of your stock requirements.