Gateway to the Past: Using SIMMS’ Inventory Valuation

Unlike most other inventory software packages, SIMMS Inventory Management system offers a comprehensive Inventory Valuation Report. Often users require their valuation information to be historical in nature, or sometimes based upon the last financial quarter or turnover. Valuation methods at times need be versatile to allow for valuations of a particular location compared with another. Perhaps a valuation is called for on the anniversary of a previous one.

Valuations also become invaluable for accounting departments in their scheduling of quarterly profit analysis and in planning for budgets. Accurate inventory counts and sale records make those decisions not only possible but also much more indicative of the progress and success of the finances.

Users also have the option to run valuation reports on RMAs as they progress. Also, users can switch between Standard Valuation method, Average method, Weighted Average method, Last-In-First-Out method, or First-In-First-Out methods, depending upon the analytical results that the user requires. These available options keeps SIMMS Inventory Management software on the leading edge of providing the information its users need, precisely when they need it.

SIMMS’ Project Manager: Coordinating Jobs Using Dedicated Sales Orders

SIMMS’ Sales Project Manager enables the creation of sales projects, in which groups of sales orders can be dedicated within a single project. For tracking of project steps and progressive assignment of stock, it enables users to easily access the progress and status of specific projects ongoing for specific customers. Upon the creation of a named project, stock is assigned to sales orders for that project so that progress can be tracked smoothly and costs can be monitored accurately.

Existing sales projects can be re-opened, updated or possibly abandoned if either the SIMMS user or the customer requests it. Sales order content can be imported from a Microsoft Excel file for ease of creation, while existing sales orders in the project can be re-opened and edited at any time. Further, sub-projects can be added or removed from any master projects already begun. Once a project is begun, notes can be entered for the project at all stages, if desired.

Within SIMMS Inventory Management software, sales projects can be reported on at any juncture of the process, thus enabling all departments involved in the project to know what work has been done and what work remains to be completed. The closure of sales orders helps the project coordinator to mark points of development. If project tracking and stock assignment are features one needs to control, SIMMS’ Sales Project Manager is the module for you.

SIMMS Grows Based on You, the User: About Enhancement Requests

With SIMMS Inventory Management software, users benefit from the ability to contribute to the development of the program through use of Enhancement Requests. When users derive specific needs particular to their business, they often notice that the software they use does not, nor has any plans to, meet those requirements. But SIMMS grows and changes with the needs of its users, and enhancement requests are rolled into the program as time passes.

Such enhancements are often beneficial to most other users once they have become added features. This expansion of SIMMS is unique in today’s market. Other software packages are what they are. They only include what their designers wish and what their developers decide.

Although enhancements often take a little longer to be implemented into the software than paid customization, they are the perfect classification for inclusion of features of secondary or tertiary necessity. Changes to stock reports are certainly possible through use of the Crystal Reports interface, but changes to the software’s code are prime opportunities for the adoption of Enhancement Requests.

New Technology Forms Foundation of SIMMS version 8.0

The new SIMMS version 8.0 Inventory Management system has swiftly upgraded itself for the newest platforms available for today’s computers, from Windows 2008 Server to Windows Vista to Windows 7, and continues to implement newer features as SQL Server 2008 (Service Release 2) has been released. With this growth into the new has also come the fading away of support and use of the older features of SQL Server 2005 (and older versions). As platforms and server capabilities expand your computing capabilities, SIMMS will continue to grow with both the current standards and improve at every step of the journey.

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ToolTip: Create a Purchase Order to Replenishing Inventory

Today’s ToolTip comes from KCSI Technical Writer Marc Kondylis:

Replenishing Inventory
In the Replenishment Manager you can create a purchase order to replenish depleted inventory.

Create a Purchase Order
1. On the Modules menu, point to Purchasing, and then click Replenishment Manager.

The Replenishment Manager window opens.

2. Click Query Data.

SIMMS lists all items that are below their minimum on-hand quantity in the Replenishment Manager’s grid.

3. After listing your items in the Replenishment Manager’s grid, for the item you want to purchase, in the On PO field, click the check box.

4. In the Required Date box, select a date, and then click Create PO.

SIMMS creates a purchase order for your item, and removes the item from the Replenishment Manager’s grid.

The Practical Ghost: Using the Concept of Zero Stock

SIMMS Inventory Accounting software permits users to track stock counts &#mdsh; including those for Zero Stock &#mdsh; in all designated locations from storerooms, warehouses, vehicles or any other designated areas. Some businesses wish to retain a constant or minimal count in these separate locations, and for that purpose, users can designate reorder points in the system to alert them that the stock counts have fallen to a certain amount. Some users wish to see which locations are completely out of stock for certain items, and SIMMS' Zero Stock feature will supply this information.

Numerous stock reports in SIMMS allow for a wide variety of analytical and empirical date to be viewed, and while some companies wish to view their items with a zero count, other companies may not. This option is simply chosen for display or suppression, based solely on the user’s requirements.

Before or during physical counts taken to confirm stock accuracy, many may wish to show only items with a positive counts, while others wish to view items that have fallen to zero counts. Either is easily chosen as reporting options. An additional option permits the clearing of all zero stock items from the basic stock reports so that physical count checklists bear only those items with a positive count. These Zero Stock options are yet another detail that makes reporting in SIMMS quick and easy for any user.

SIMMS Inventory Lookup: A Simple Task

SIMMS Inventory Management system features a detailed Inventory Lookup feature to ease and quicken access to needed information. Users can select from amongst numerous criteria to access details about stock items entered into the system. Useful for sales and warehouse staff alike, Item Lookup enables the use of numerous filters for users to call up any items that match those criteria. This comprehensive screen enables users both new and experienced to produce results quickly.

Specific searches by Universal Product Code (UPC), item code or alias make for a quick find for any item. General searches by manufacturer, vendor, category and/or location, either selected one at a time or all of them together. In addition, all items fitting the criteria can be both displayed or printed. Items can further be selected by their current stock status in the system, whereby they can be listed if they are only in negative count or if they are only in positive count. Additional filters for the stock lookup include the use of values assigned to the items under two user-defined fields.

Once the items are displayed, their data can be accessed immediately by choosing the View option. Further, a list of the items can be printed for reference and analysis, empowering users with very specifically-grouped stock items. Items can be accessed for reference or editing, making SIMMS’ Inventory Lookup feature a valuable tool for any SIMMS user.

A Brilliant Partnership: SIMMS and CRMUnleashed

SIMMS Inventory Management software continues to lead by not only supplying its users with cutting-edge inventory management and reliable and standard accounting features, but also works hand in hand with CRMunleashed, an open-architecture customer resource management solution. As times change, and all businesses move from a face-to-face retail storefront to a modern, paperless service system dealing with other firms in the growing global economy, managers and owners need the most versatile software to keep ahead of their competition.

SIMMS working hand-in-hand with CRM leads to quick and accurate data, customer details and needs at the forefront of their business image, and the high tech capabilities to handle it all. Not all things modern need be complex and confusing. SIMMS is designed and developed to be feature-rich and easy-to-use. It grows thanks in great part to its users’ input regarding what they need.

Businesses that buy software that “is what it is” right out of the box while showing no signs of growing and changing with the times and technologies is bound, in the not too distant future, to very soon not be good enough anymore. There is no need to suffer such loss in growth if users buy something that remains forever new, that grows every year with added features and which embraces new ideas. SIMMS and CRMunleashed continue together to provide your business with everything you need today and will expand to supply what you need tomorrow.

The Wide Variety of Choice Available in SIMMS

SIMMS Inventory Management software has numerous Options that lend flexibility to the management and display of data. Alerts from the system for designated users can be set to calculate as the user logs in. If changes are made to existing data, a comment window can be set to appear to enter in any reason for the change. Alerts in advance of item expiration dates can be set in number of days. For prices and quantities, the number of decimal places can be selected.

In accounting modules, both sales orders and quotes can be set to expire after a set number of days. The Recurring Transaction feature can be activated or not. Customer and in-house account numbers can be shown or not, depending upon the administrator’s needs. Items can be displayed for selection in lists set to the number of items per screen, as desired.

Further, item descriptions can be designated in the system to be unique and non-recurring, or allowed to be applied to as many different items as desired. A standard default unit of weight can be applied to items in stock. Stock counts of zero for items can be retained, if that information is desired. The Quick Stock Window can be one of great detail, or one which only shows the most direct information. Dozens of additional Options for additional modules make SIMMS software the most robust choice available today.

ToolTip: Printing a Physical Count Worksheet

Today’s ToolTip comes from KCSI Technical Writer Marc Kondylis:

Print a Physical Count Worksheet

A physical count is the process of counting and recording your inventory items. One way in SIMMS to do a physical count is with a physical count worksheet.

You print a Physical Count Worksheet and then on the printed worksheet record your physical count.

1. On the Inventory menu, point to Physical Count, and then click Physical Count Worksheet.

The Physical Count Worksheet dialog box opens.

2. Select the appropriate options.

3. Click Generate.

The Physical Count Worksheet displays.

4. Click the Print icon on the toolbar.