keeps precise track of all inventory movement and quality
data essential to a company's competitiveness.
rotation rules provide FIFO lot control based on any part
of the lot, including the expiry or production date. Consignee-based
lot rules can be set up to determine if there is sufficient
shelf life remaining. The system also provides shelf life
and expiry date reporting
flexible lot definition lets you create lot codes that
can be segmented into components. This allows the user
to record several key pieces of data such as expiry and
production dates, date code, color, size, etc. Manufacturer's
Julian date codes can also be translated into readable
dates, thereby speeding up the receiving process as well
as minimizing keying errors. Lot components can be treated
differently for reporting, billing, and stock rotation
holds are user definable. This allows the user to work
only with the holds they actually require. Holds can overlap,
as well as be automatically applied when receiving, without
operator intervention, as is common in frozen meat distribution.
Stock can be shipped directly from hold.
numbered goods can be tracked both during shipping and
receiving, or just at shipping, as desired. Flexible rules
exist and will easily accommodate, for instance, the handling
of paper rolls, steel coils, drums, etc. This same capability
allows facilities to cross-dock merchandise easily by
tracking the unique package ID, while at the same time
recording the cube characteristics.
(or any type of conveyance such as trailer, carton, etc.)
may be identified and tracked by their unique identification
code. This allows goods to be re-warehoused easily and
and variable weights can be recorded at either the lot
or the unit level. Catch weighted items have the weight
recorded during receiving and shipment.
units of measure may be set up for the same item, e.g.
each, inner pack, case, pallet, tote, etc. Receipts and
orders may be entered in any unit of measure.
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and timeliness are the most important operational aspects
of your warehouse. Accurate, current information —
for you and your customer — is the key to running
an efficient and profitable facility. Today, accurate
information about the products you distribute is as important
as the products themselves. TrackStar delivers real-time
information and control through the use of a seamless
interface to the latest radio-frequency portable terminals
and bar code technologies.
TrackStar RF module makes real-time data access possible.
You get immediate access to information from across your
enterprise. Your warehouse personnel will receive, put
away, pick, count, and move inventory using a hand-held
or truck-mounted RF unit. Because the RF unit communicates
directly with the system server, TrackStar allows you
to navigate the maze of warehouse operations as effectively
as possible. Real-time order picking also ensures proper
rotation of date-sensitive items.
system can be configured to scan the product labels that
are supplied by the manufacturer and produce labels that
will assist you in handling that product while it is in
your care. When you relocate product within your warehouse,
your system will be instantly updated. There is no lag
time between the physical movement of the product and
the update to the system, reducing errors.
use of RF equipment reduces to a minimum the time required
to perform inventory counts. Whether you are doing full
physical inventory or cycle counting, data collection
is a snap. Errors due to unclear handwriting and numeric
transposition are eliminated. TrackStar will immediately
verify the information provided and alert the operator
of discrepancies. System-assisted and full blind counts
can be performed along with a comprehensive updating method
that adjusts the system to reflect the results of your
inventory and keeps a complete audit trail
success of any company, regardless of its industry, rests
upon its ability to bill and collect for the goods and
services it provides. Warehousing, distribution, and logistics
are certainly not exempt from this law of business. The
only way to bill your customers successfully is to collect
data required to generate invoices continually and efficiently.
Typically, a great deal of extra time and unnecessary
effort is spent at the end of every month reviewing and
recreating the information necessary for invoicing your
customers. This process takes a tremendous amount of extra
work and invites errors. This results in lost revenue
and opens the door for customers to successfully challenge
automatically records the services that your facility
provides, as they happen, and stores all the information
you require when billing your customers.
has an extremely flexible and comprehensive billing module.
Both one-time fees and automatically recurring charges
can be applied. For example, a charge for producing a
bill of lading can be set up one time and reused. TrackStar
also allows for the configuration of charges to be applied
by specific customer and/or product. Nonstandard billing
cycles, "free storage" days, and minimum values
can also be configured for use by the billing module.
will maintain, track, and report all your billing and
invoicing records. The information may also be exported
or communicated to a third party G/L package for company-wide
tracking, auditing, and reporting.
of any kind is next to impossible without assistance from
supervisors and productivity reports. The key to reports,
whether verbal, electronic, or on paper, is information.
It is very difficult to track the progress of projects,
employees, and product movement without accurate information
and reporting functions.
management reports such as sales detail, sales analysis,
inventory turns, handling profitability, and storage profitability
are produced using the reports function. The information
provided by these reports is critical to maintaining control
over customer statistics and labor information.
inventory is removed, it is critical that shipments be
reflected as soon as possible. When shipments are made
manually or in a batch process, information about your
inventory can become out of date and inaccurate. This
can also happen when inventory reserved for orders is
not deducted until the orders are shipped. Without a full-featured
warehouse management system, you will continue to struggle
with the issue of keeping your inventory current and watching
for orders placed against inventory you don't have.
supplies the mechanism for collecting the required data
at the appropriate times in order to manage the order
process. Orders placed against inventory are considered
reserved until you decide to allocate inventory to them.
Once shipments are confirmed, inventory automatically
billing set at the customer and product levels allow you
to configure the way you want to charge for shipping.
Charges for outbound orders can be automatically billed
or attached to individual shipments. Order minimums, line
item minimums, pallet charges, and unit billing are just
a few of the billing options available at the time of
customers like to use warehouses that will accommodate
a pallet exchange program. TrackStar can track pallets
in and out so you don't have to worry about losing money
from lost pallets. Historical reports reflect surplus
and deficit pallet levels with dates and reference numbers.
coding and labeling enable you to recognize, collect,
verify, and distribute information about your products
function is built into tasks like putaway, replenishment,
and order picking to maximize worker productivity and
minimize deadheading. As one task is completed, the system
will direct the operator to perform a different task in
the same area such as a let down, consolidation, pick,
or cycle count. Task interleaving all but eliminates workers
cruising the aisles with empty forks.
directed replenishment tasks are routed and dispatched
by equipment characteristics and forward pick area demand.
Special features of the replenishment function include: