NorthStar WMS is a .NET web-based warehouse management system (WMS) that can seamlessly integrate into most Accounting and ERP systems. This is accomplished through a standard API that will provide automated data collection, process management, and location control utilizing barcode and wireless technology.
This configurable WMS is available in either a cloud or on-premise platform at a disruptive price. Traditionally, the choices for small to midsize companies have been either off-the-shelf systems that lacked in functionality or a high end system geared towards large companies with big budgets. The two issues are a WMS that requires a one size to fit all approach and cannot be modified and the other is trying to put a square peg in a round hole in that the cost is so prohibitive.
The NorthStar WMS has successfully been implemented into the food industry, discrete manufacturing, ecommerce and wholesale distribution providing the following standard and configurable functionality:
- QA inspection
- Directed putaway
- Cross docking
- Build pallet
- Cycle counting
- Work order/kitting
- Quick pick
- Pack and ship
- Order tracking and scheduling
- ASN / EDI
- Document management
- Dashboard / KP
The allocation functionality will show all of the inventory in your warehouse that has been allocated to a Sales Order. The listing will display by sales order # and include Item numbers, order quantity and p Picked quantity. The system will do both hard and soft allocation. A powerful feature of the WMS is the ability to Auto Allocate inventory. When you choose to utilize Auto Allocate, you are essentially assigning specific inventory to an order. This “hard” allocation will lock down the chosen inventory for a specific order and can apply to a single order or a group of orders as needed.
The Build Pallet functionality in the WMS essentially allows you to create a Pallet of Items and move them between warehouses, or locations within a warehouse.
Loads are received and sorted on the receiving dock and then per the WMS logic transferred to the outbound process thus eliminating put-away and storage handling.
An optional function, cubing is used when setting up your warehouse locations and can be defined By Volume or By Eaches. In addition, you provide whether the Cube is a specific Location, Container/Pallet, an Item, or a Box. The final information to be provided is the Dimensions of the Cube ID, including Height, Width, and Length, as well as the Unit of Measure.
Check and maintain accurate inventory and many companies employ rigorous cycle count programs as part of an overall strategy to move away from having to perform a physical inventory. Cycle Counts and Replenishment tasks can be generated and sent to the floor for action via the RF users.
The system allows for optimization per the storage of goods in your warehouse and putting inventory into the most appropriate location based on your business rules and pre-configured into the system.
Order Tracker and Scheduler
The last module within the Pick/Pack/Ship section allows the WMS user to gain immediate access to tracking information for a package or shipment. A user can select the order to track, and receive the information back from the carrier. The Order Scheduler allows the WMS user to view orders that are due to ship on specific calendar dates. The view can be changed from Day to Week or Month based on user needs.
Pack and Ship
Once your Sales Order has been picked, it is now available to be packed and prepared for shipment. This activity is done via the Pack Order module and will handle cartonization, box count and all shipping documents and labels. The system has approved APIs to all the major carriers and allows you to set up all of the shipping methods that you plan to use to move product from the warehouse to your customers.
Orders are electronically sent to a handheld barcode scanner or voice for rapid and error-free picking. Utilize multiple pick logic per your business rules such as zone, batch, FIFO, Weight or wave
Set up logical and virtual locations for QA and quarantine requirements. if an item or order requires any QC, a check is performed during the receiving process and will display the necessary instructions.
This is a very specialized tool and should only be used in specific high volume piece picking orders. In essence, Quick Pick allows the WMS to “virtually” pick and stage or pick and ship a Sales Order.
The receiving process per the NorthStar WMS provides options for verification of receipts against Host-system POs, ASNs or blind receipts. Produce barcodes for pallets and cases when needed on receiving. Apply receiving and put-away logic per order and or vendor. The system comes with a receiving scheduler, a visual display of all inbound Purchase Orders scheduled for a particular day and showing arrival dates. The system exports the collected data from the receiving process determines what your accounting departments pays to your vendors.
Work Order / Kitting
The Operations Module is where the WMS user can manage various tasks within warehouse operations, such as a work order for pulling raw material into WIP or kitting. The system has multiple set-ups for manufacturing for tracking raw material to finished goods and building subcomponents to kits.
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