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.
Measuring warehouse productivity is very important. It is a measurement of how well you manage this conflict, together with factors like on-time delivery and warehouse utilization. Here are the top warehouse metrics for measuring success:
As a retail startup, you are always pivoting to meet changes in the marketplace, and having siloed systems to run your business just is not cutting it anymore. You need a solution that is flexible and adaptable enough to whether any storm (or pandemic as it were) and scalable so that your growth is no longer a limiting factor. You also need something that is robust enough to grow with you so that you do not find yourself in the same situation 5-10 years down the road.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone in the United States personally, professionally, and/or financially. Startups, especially newer retailers, have been hit hard because they do not always have the cash flow, processes and systems in place to handle this drastic of a change.