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Managing a Distribution Center is a complex job that, when performed optimally, can have a significant impact on your bottom line. Warehouse Managers will welcome STORIS’ new Receiving Calendar tool as it empowers them to organize third-party inbound logistics and warehouse teams efficiently.
How warehouse managers utilize receiving bays, appointments, and warehouse staff is vitally important to effective operations. STORIS’ all-new Receiving Calendar tool utilizes two new configurable settings, Receiving Groups and Receiving Capacities, to plan schedules. If you run a network of distribution centers, you can create unique settings per location. Once these settings are pre-configured, they can be used routinely to plan Receiving Calendars, automating a formerly tedious part of the process.
The first configurable setting allows you to build Receiving Groups by inventory type. The time it takes, the staff it requires, and the warehouse space needed to unload inventory differ across categories. For example, receiving stackable boxes of lightweight accessories is generally less involved than receiving pre-assembled upholstery. Therefore, how you plan your time and resources to handle these goods should also differ. Receiving Group settings allow you to specify the ideal time of the day to receive inventory groups as well as estimate how long the receiving process typically takes. You can proactively account for breaks your team will need. Having these settings allows you to plan when certain vendors are eligible to deliver certain purchase orders to you.
The second configurable setting of the Receiving Calendar is its Capacity settings. Here, you can define the maximum number of truckloads and individual pieces you can receive in a day. You can also define stretch quantities managers can override up to. Capacities allow you to staff appropriately for anticipated inventory volumes.
Once your settings are pre-configured, you can use them on an ongoing basis to build Receiving Calendars. When your logistics partners alert you to an inbound shipment, it’s time to schedule. You can add inbound orders to your ERP manually, via import spreadsheets, or automatically when using EDI.
“By planning Receiving Calendars, you can efficiently utilize all of your distribution center appointments, ensure you are appropriately staffed based on inbound activity, and reserve the ideal dock space to store or cross-dock newly received inventory,” notes Fiona Huddleston-Richardson, Manager of Product Management.
With STORIS’ new Receiving Calendar, your warehouse management team has control over the influx of product at your receiving bays. Impactful cost and time savings can be found by streamlining the flow of goods into your DCs. The Receiving Calendar is available in STORIS ERP Release 10.7. STORIS partners can take advantage of this new functionality immediately. Want to provide this valuable tool to your warehouse team? Visit STORIS.com to Request a Demo or call (888) 478-6747.
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