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Item Replenishment with SIMMS

SIMMS’ Software Replenishment module helps you manage demand/backordered quantities on sales orders. After a sales order contains backordered items, the items are then listed in the Replenishment Module. This module is designed to process all backorders and items that have reached their reorder points. The Replenishment Module promotes the creation of batch purchase orders that are based on stock reorder values and customers’ demand quantities on transactions.

Serving as an enhancement of the Backorder Manager, you can monitor and manage items’ most pressing order needs in an easy and quick fashion.

In order to be successful, meeting the demands that your clients have is of crucial importance. Overstocking produces lower profit margins, higher storage costs, and aged goods remaining on your shelves; conversely, when clients cannot get items in time you lose sales and possibly the clients as well. SIMMS’ Replenishment module helps you calculate these delicate balances so you always have the stock you need but never have warehouses sitting idle with stock – in short, you achieve proper inventory management — the very goal of the SIMMS Inventory system.


Lead times for vendors and the cost of overhead are factored into the equation, and other items often received from those same vendors allow you to maximize your ordering and re-ordering. The automatic creation of purchase orders, streamlining of reduced cost, and management of employee time allow you to physically manage your inventory so that it always is where it needs to be.

Give SIMMS’ Replenishment features a try today here!

Instant Inventory Information

Do you ever wonder where that stack of widgets is? How long did that vendor say it would take to get us those fizzbinns? Is Project Z-180 ever going to be completed? These very important questions always occur when handling your inventory concerns.

With SIMMS Inventory Management software, you can always get these answers quickly and easily. Analytical reports and project management features enable SIMMS users to keep complete control of more than just inventory – it also allows scheduling of projects and can provide data needed for getting ongoing projects finished and out the door.

Contact KCSI today to learn more about getting quick answers to your most important questions.

Choosing the Right Inventory Person

Far too often companies wait and wait before realizing the importance of having someone serve as their inventory specialist. Inventory is too often handed to someone unfamiliar and unprepared. There is always someone who has the natural skill set to do well in such an important position. Never choose just anybody. Give the inventory tasks to several within your organization and you’ll soon discover which person has the natural talent. The ones with ideas for improvement and the ability to both voice and implement the ideas are a valued asset to your company.

Don’t waste people where they will not excel — put the best people into every department if you truly wish to succeed. Once your inventory person is chosen, everyone else must know it, and further know that he or she will be using THE state-of-the-art inventory management solution: SIMMS.

Don’t waste either time or talent: contact KCSI today to help us help you improve your business with the right software in the hands of the right person.

SKUs and SIMMS 2015

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The (Stock Keeping Unit) SKU Configurator can be used to determine the composition of the SKU (Item) number. Selection of some characters from the item’s category, subcategory, vendor’s part number, manufacturer or vendor will add them to the SKU number’s format. Users can instead choose that an auto-generated number becomes part of the SKU.

In addition, you can designate how many items have been created under a category and assign that particular item an incremented number anywhere within the SKU configuration. If required, SIMMS 2015 has a manual SKU override where you can manually assign an item your own item code outside of the SKU generation automation.
SIMMS has the capability to assign a particular SKU item number to each inventory item configured in the Inventory Manager, enabling users to automatically assign a particular product’s item number based on an SKU formula that can be devised using the SKU Configurator.

This can be done upon the creation of an item, with the result that once the selection of either the item category, subcategory, brand (sub-sub category), model (sub-sub-sub category) or manufacturer has been made and the Save button has been clicked, the Item code SKU will be automatically created based on the selected options.

Examples of the available SKU choices listed are as follows:
• the first two characters of a category
• a 5-character item incremented number
• the first three characters of a subcategory
• the first four characters of a manufacturer
• A 4-character automatically-generated number for a vendor
• A specific example of an SKU could thus be as follows:
the category of a computer: SU (for SUPER COMPUTERS)
the 40th item configured under the category: 00040
the sub-category: FAN (for FANS)
the manufacturer: PHILL (for PHILLIPS)
the vendor: Ingram Micro (with an automatically generated code of 0009)
Subsequently, the resultant SKU would be SU00040FANPHILL0009.

Visit here to learn more about how SIMMS 2015 can help you with your SKU requirements.

Exception Reporting

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A natural outgrowth of systems with master scheduling, exception reporting helps re-buyers and inventory managers know where to take action without their having to review every item every week in detail. Retail and direct inventory systems both use exception reporting. Types of exception reports include:

  1. Management Reports (for instance, top 50/bottom 50 in sales)
  2. Product Characteristic Reports (e.g., all items in a certain fabric across departments)
  3. POs needed based on stock-out calculations, on hand and on order, and projected demand with item/vendor lead time
  4. Ranking reports for returns, cancellations, gross margin, and liquidation
  5. Forecast variance plan to actual
  6. Slow sellers and candidates for liquidation
  7. New vs. Repeat performance
  8. Imported vs. Domestic Product

For more information on exception reporting visit www.simmssoftware.com or email sales@kcsi.ca today.

SIMMS Inventory Control Software Awarded Another 5 Stars Award

SIMMS Inventory Control Software was awarded another 5 Stars Award.  Softrecipe.com awarded SIMMS this honor due to the cleanliness of the inventory software and also because the software is virus free.

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SIMMS Inventory Control Software 5 Stars Award

Here is what Softrecipe.com had to say:

SIMMS Inventory Management Software provides control of data pertaining to the receipt of goods, movement of goods within or between locations, the sale, removal or other disposition of goods AND the precise valuation and status of goods remaining in inventory at any given point in time.

SIMMS Inventory Management Software provides your company with a major competitive advantage versus competitors who are unable to access the same strategic information.

SIMMS Inventory Control Software has been designed to accommodate the needs of both large and small businesses. SIMMS Inventory Control Software gives everyone in the company total control and access, depending on the permissions assigned to the user, wherever they are – in a warehouse, in an office, behind a cash register, working from home, working from a remote location half way around the world, in a service truck, in front of a customer, at the loading/receiving dock, or in transit from one location to another.

SIMMS does more than simply automate your inventory control process; it also provides robust materials management. SIMMS Clients enjoy functionality unmatched by any other provider in the market.

With SIMMS, you can get a powerful affordable enterprise solution, right from the start. Now, you finally have the option of giving your business all the help it will ever need in terms of Complete Inventory Control.

An Industrial Parable

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A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (General Motors decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.

The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion. They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team’s management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager. They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the ‘Rowing Team Quality First Program,’ with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles.

Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was out-sourced to India.

Here’s something else to think about: Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US, claiming they can’t make money paying American wages. Toyota has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.

The last quarter’s results: Toyota made 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses. Ford folks are still scratching their heads.