Differences between a distribution WMS and a 3PL WMS

Posted by Melroy Coelho on Oct 24, 2016 7:00:00 AM

 Distribution based WMS 

  1. Single client - One inventory owner
  2. Single set of process flows and requirements 
  3. Simple labeling 
  4. Order Entry gets handed to the ERP solution. Order entry is integrated through the ERP solution
  5. Basic warehouse management system cannot accomodate different ERP version releases from different customers without extensive and costly custom fixes and workarounds

3PL Specific WMS 

  1. Multiple Clients - multiple inventory owners
  2. Concurrent support for business processes of each inventory owner
  3. Complex labeling requirements
  4.  Order Entry is self contained in the 3PL solution
  5. 3PL logistics software needs to accomodate different ERP version releases,distinguishing and accomodating the various versions automatically
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Topics: 3PL

Physical Inventory in a 3PL Environment

Posted by Melroy Coelho on Oct 20, 2016 9:00:00 AM

A physical inventory unit is defined as all product belonging to the same customer, placed in the same warehouse and location with the same level 1, level 2, level 3, level 4 values and the same hold code. For example, if you placed two pallets of identical product in the same location and then placed one pallet on hold and left the other pallet with no hold, you would have two physical inventory units on your system for that location:

 A purpose built 3PL solution provides a module for formal, physical inventories. 

  • You may configure a single or double count per location, with additional counts until discrepancies are processed.
  • RF or paper based
  • Blind count configurable
  • Tools available to automatically process variances
  • Variances can be reported via EDI if configured to do so
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Topics: 3PL

Shipping and receiving for Outsourced Logistics operations

Posted by Melroy Coelho on Oct 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What do we mean by Inbound Receiving and Outbound Shipping in Third Party Logistics?

Inbound Receiving - When goods arrive at the dock, they are verified against associated bills of lading or advanced shipping notices (ASNs). They are then checked for condition, discrepancies in quantity and special markings are noted. The goods are then released for storage, usually on a system assigned space basis.

Outbound Shipping - Outgoing orders are checked for accuracy and completeness, labeled and packaged as necessary and then assigned shipping and delivery selections.

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Topics: 3PL

Best Practices for 3PLs with Multiple Clients in Different Industries

Posted by Melroy Coelho on Oct 12, 2016 1:18:33 PM

Color, Style and Size Tracking

In the fashion industry, tracking the color, size and style of inventory in an efficient and accurate way is essential in any WMS. Some 3PL providers prefer to use inventory levels for tracking purposes, while others opt for inventory attributes at the item level.

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Topics: 3PL