What is the problem?
As with most ISVs, the software they develop and sell as a product usually comes from solving a problem or fulfilling a customer need. The units that make up a file
But instead of just looking at the modules and telling you what you can read in the handbook, let’s talk about the challenges. We’ll dive into how to solve these challenges so you can learn how to beat incoming shipments with container management.
All shapes and sizes
Dynamics GP includes modules for managing purchase orders from vendors, sales orders for customers, and inventory management to keep track of items purchased and sold. Many people refer to this as the “supply chain,” as it runs the entire cycle of buying, storing, and selling “durable goods.”
We have clients that buy and sell everything from room-sized machines that make cardboard toy boxes to customers whose products are so medically advanced that they’ve been FDA approved. We have customers who buy and sell items in a variety of units of measure and buy and sell all over the world. And let’s face it – there are all kinds of challenges.
On the purchasing side
We often talk to customers who buy from abroad and have their goods delivered to them via shipping containers. Sometimes the ‘shipment’ is actually multiple physical containers for the items.
And inside these containers there can be items from:
- one seller
- Several sellers
- One seller has multiple orders
Managing dates from when a shipment is created to when it arrives at the warehouse will add more complexity. Don’t forget the fact that the customer owns the contents of the container once it’s been put “on the water”. Even the requirement to calculate shipment arrival costs by dividing the items by the amount of space the container takes up (dimensional weights), can be quite daunting.
How can container management help?
We give you the ability to enter dimensions and weights to divide the landing cost by the cube level. In addition to allowing the dates you manage at the shipping level to roll into individual purchase order lines. Users who need to know when items are expected to be received will see the latest dates, simply by refreshing the container.
Container management is also available for Dynamics 365 BC. It can help overcome incoming container shipments and the challenges they face.