NetSuite recently released ShipCentral, an application formerly known as PackStation which is built on the SCM Mobile framework. ShipCentral facilitates order fulfillment operations and comes included with the NetSuite WMS license. While the ShipCentral release back in Release 2023.1 presented exciting news for businesses in need of a robust shipping platform, it nevertheless missed some important functions used by many B2B or B2C companies. The upcoming 2023.2 ShipCentral release looks to address many of the requests and concerns and looks to be a very exciting release. We’ll take a look at some of the cliff notes which are available and provided by NetSuite here: NetSuite 2023.2 Release Notes.
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In warehouse operations, a common challenge is how to efficiently manage product code updates to inventory you receive from your vendors. Depending on your business, you may be looking at a considerable number of items to update. These product code updates in turn can require significant effort from your warehouse staff to roll out and can hamper warehouse activities which tend to rely on accurate product barcodes for scanning items quickly and efficiently. To solve this problem, Netsuite WMS offers the concept of a WMS item alias which allows you toassociate your internal part number to multiple product codes without having to necessarily relabel your existing product. Adding WMS support for new vendor product codes can be done quickly and easily without impacting overall warehouse efficiency.
Successful inventory management is a key component in any business, and understanding the challenges and opportunities in this space is critical to developing successful and impactful processes. One of the challenges in this space with regard to Netsuite has been how to effectively manage inventory that should not be sold, or inventory that can be sold but should otherwise be segregated based on specific attributes. Traditionally, part of the challenge is how to prevent this inventory from being allocated to sales orders or how to track inventory items that share the same item number in Netsuite but may have small differences such as packaging.
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Whether you’re starting a new Netsuite WMS implementation or are still considering your options, you’ll likely have questions on different Netsuite WMS functionality and configuration. This series ofblogs will seek to answer some of those questions by looking at Netsuite WMS functions and corresponding record types from an implementation perspective. We’ll look at what these functions are used for, and how they can impact warehouse operations. In this blog, we’ll explore the zone concept and how it is used by Netsuite WMS.
We continue our Netsuite WMS series by discussing the bin concept and how bins are used to drive warehouse activities from an implementation perspective. Whether you are in the process of a WMS implementation, or are considering your options, it is important to put consideration behind your bin design. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out our blog on WMS zones and how they interact with bins. Understanding both concepts is critical to successfully implementing zones and bins as you go live with your chosen WMS.
In a previous blog, I covered the order release process through the Netsuite WMS wave release feature. The feature comes standard with Netsuite’s warehouse management software and among its toolset provides several options to specify how warehouse pickers should pick assigned orders. If you’re considering Netsuite WMS, or perhaps already use it, you may want to know the different methods available to pick orders and how they differ. If so, this blog is for you! Let’s jump right in and see what’s available in Netsuite WMS.
Netsuite’s PackStation application offers a way to re-print important documents through the mobile UI on the go. In most cases, mobile warehouse operators are able to quickly reprint documents right from the handheld. However, there may be occasions where this may not be possible or where an alternative may be desired. An alternative option is to print the document through the Netsuite UI, and the process is fairly straightforward. In addition to printing documents through the Netsuite UI, you are also able to send documents straight through the PrintNode connection out to the warehouse. Let’s take a look at both options.
During your WMS PackStation implementation, you may have noticed your packages have autogenerated numbers. Generally, those autogenerated packages follow the numbering scheme of sales order # + some number. In most cases, the default numbering scheme will suffice for most customers. However, as with most settings in Netsuite, this can be customized based on business requirements.
In a previous blog, we reviewed the Netsuite WMS wave release feature which offers a powerful tool for managing warehouse fulfillment activities. In this blog, we’ll further extend the concepts we’ve learned so far and step into wave automation.
One of the most important decisions a warehouse manager has to make is how to prioritize order fulfillment activities in the warehouse. There are many parameters that determine what orders get fulfilled first, and it is important to have a tool that is both flexible and robust enough to support the warehouse manager’s activities and make sure both fulfillment deadlines and customer satisfaction goals are met. In comes Netsuite WMS Wave Release to the rescue.