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Dynamics NAV Supply Chain Management

NAV Supply Chain Management

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Supply Chain Management, mapping processes along the entire supply chain is highly efficient.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV Supply Chain Management ensures smooth processes in purchasing, sales, manu­facturing, logistics, and ware­­house. You can use Dynamics NAV Supply Chain manage­ment (SCM) to adjust and control the work­flows customized to specific require­ments. Dynamics NAV Supply Chain manage­ment can be configured flexibly and helps you inte­grate all business partners in the best possible way. For example, procure­ment, processing and delivery times can be reduced and optimized.

SCM functions in Dynamics NAV:

  • Scheduling and purchasing functions: Add Gantt Chart Scheduling to Dynamics NAV Manufacturing Enhance Microsoft Dynamics NAV with a fully integrated production schedule add-in. The Visual Production Scheduler (VPS) is an add-in that fully integrates into the manufacturing module of Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The VPS provides the user with an interactive visual production plan to better deal with production orders and capacities and to quickly react to any unplanned incident on the shop floor. The VPS is based on the Dynamics NAV standard functionality and does not require a change of any existing NAV object. Hence, it can get installed and up & running in minutes rather than in hours or days.

You create a purchase invoice or purchase order to record the cost of purchases and to track accounts payable. If you need to control an inventory, purchase invoices are also used to dynamically update inventory levels so that you can minimize your inventory costs and provide better customer service. The purchasing costs, including service expenses, and inventory values that result from posting purchase invoices contribute to profit figures and other financial KPIs on your Home page.

  • Inventory and ware­house location manage­ment: For each physical product that you trade in, you must create an item card of type Inventory. Items that you offer to customers but do not keep in inventory you can register as nonstock items, which you can convert to inventory items when necessary. You can increase or decrease the quantity of an item in inventory by posting directly to the item ledger entries, for example, after a physical count or if you do not record purchases. Inventory increases and decreases are naturally also recorded when you post-purchase and sales documents respectively. For more information, see How to: Record Purchases, How to: Sell Products, and How to: Invoice Sales. Transfers between locations change inventory quantities across your company’s warehouses.

After goods are received and before goods are shipped, a series of internal warehouse activities take place to ensure an effective flow through the warehouse and to organize and maintain company inventories. Typical warehouse activities include putting items away, moving items inside or between warehouses, and picking items for assembly, production, or shipment. Assembling items for sale or inventory may also be considered warehouse activities, but these are covered elsewhere. For more information, see Assembly Management. In large warehouses, these different handling tasks can be separated by departments and the integration managed by a directed workflow. In simpler installations, the flow is less formalized and the warehouse activities are performed with so-called inventory put-aways and inventory picks.

  • Picking and shipping: The warehouse activity of picking items before they are shipped or consumed is performed in different ways, depending on how warehouse management features are configured. The complexity can rank from no warehouse features, through basic warehouse configurations for order-by-order handling in one or more activities only, to advanced configurations where all warehouse activities must be performed in a directed workflow. If you decide to organize and record your picking activity with warehouse documents, you place a check mark in the Require Pick field on the location card. This indicates that when you have items that need to be picked for an outbound source document you want the picking of those items to be controlled by the system. An outbound source document can be a sales order, a purchase return order, an outbound transfer order, a service order, or a production order whose components should be picked.

When you ship items from a warehouse that is not set up for warehouse shipment processing, you simply record the shipment on the related business document, such as a sales order, service order, purchase return order or outbound transfer order. When you ship items from a warehouse that is set up warehouse shipment processing, you can ship items only on the basis of source documents that other company units have released to the warehouse for action.

  • Item tracking: You can assign serial numbers and lot numbers to any outbound or inbound document, and its posted item tracking entries are displayed in the related item ledger entries. You perform the work in the Item Tracking Lines window. The matrix of quantity fields at the top of the Item Tracking Lines window displays the quantities and sums of item tracking numbers being defined on the lines. The quantities must correspond to those of the document line, which is indicated by 0 in the Undefined fields.

As a performance measure, the program collects the availability information in the Item Tracking Lines window only once, when you open the window. This means that the program does not update the availability information during the time that you have the window open, even if changes occur in inventory or on other documents during that time. Items with serial or lot numbers can be traced both backward and forward in their supply chain. This is useful for general quality assurance and for product recalls.

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