To effectively manage consumer goods at the lowest price, the supply and demand needs to be balanced so that the warehouse (1) keeps low inventory levels, but (2) is able to deliver on demand to the retailer customer.
SEQOS can be effectively used to ensure that stock in the warehouse and in associated retail stores is never exhausted by using the SEQOS Product Throughput and Forecasting system combined with the SEQOS Lead-Time Table to co-ordinate (1) timely delivery of stock from suppliers to the warehouse, and (2) timely delivery to retailers.
Fast-Track. Consumer goods can be fast-tracked through SEQOS by choosing the most suitable of several available picking methods:
- The supplier may pre-address packages destined for the customer. Warehouse staff need only to simply cross-dock those packages.
- Ordered quantities can be automatically separated into carton and piece picking, or other units of measure, for efficient picking. Piece picking may be from carton-live-storage locations configured with min-max levels for system directed replenishment from bulk locations.
- Voice-Directed Putaway, Replenishment and Picking enable hands-free stock handling by warehouse personnel.
- Cartons, or other consolidated units of measure, may be picked using pick-by-label. A separate bar-coded label is printed for every carton for every customer. Warehouse personnel simply attach each label to a carton. The cartons can be sorted for each customer, either manually or using a conveyor-diverted system.
Batch, Lot and Serial Tracking
Batches, lots, individual serial numbers, and other stock attributes are fully tracked from receiving of the stock into the warehouse, to storage, to despatch to the customer, and even stock returned by the retail customer back to the warehouse and returned back to the supplier. (See Track and Trace)
Bill of Materials Kitting
Combining raw materials to produce finished goods is easily achieved using the SEQOS Kitting module.
Unlimited multiple levels of kitting may be configured. A typical application for this SEQOS function is in several very large mobile phone warehouses using SEQOS. Serialised handsets, serialised SIM cards, handbooks, accessories and packaging are combined to produce a mobile phone kit. The serial numbers from the raw materials are tracked through to the kit product and to the cartons despatched to customers. The integrity of the serial number records is an essential feature of these systems.
Perpetual Inventory and Periodic Stocktakes
Taxation departments in all countries require maintenance of accurate records of stock levels. Several different methods of stock taking are available in SEQOS.
- Groups of locations may be scheduled for cycle counting. For example, one level of locations in one aisle per week. The same group is automatically scheduled again 6 months later. Alternately, groups of products may be scheduled for cycle counting. Cycle counting is automatically interleaved with other tasks.
- Locations containing high-value merchandise may be configured for counting after several visits, for example, after 5 putaways and picks, the operator is instructed to count and enter the remaining stock at the location. Variations of actual counts from expected counts can initiate various available optional actions.
- Full wall-to-wall stocktake. All activities in the warehouse cease while locations are blocked for stocktake.
Count Discrepancy reports and a full audit trail of all activities for every stock item are available, so that physical stock discrepancies are quickly resolved.