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    Inventory and Warehouse Management in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain

    Microsoft Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management is a complete application that helps you run supply chain operations in a seamless manner.

    It helps organizations get a unified view of core aspects of the supply chain including inventory, warehouse, manufacturing, and transportation.

    The application helps organizations to improve operational efficiency by connecting people, resources, and assets. Here we highlight how the inventory and warehouse management in D365 works.

    Inventory management module in D365 Supply Chain adopts a proactive approach to manage your entire inventory process efficiently. You can perform inbound operations, quality assurance, outbound operations and inventory control. Strong Inbound and outbound operations are important to the success of a business. These activities have an influence on production, profit margins and customer service.

    Inbound operations

    Inbound operations refer to the way the items or materials are brought into a company. In D365 SCM, Arrival overview provides an outline of goods to be received or all expected incoming items. The inbound operations encompass a range of processes including ordering items, receiving, storing, transporting and managing incoming materials. However, the inbound activities include:

    • Sourcing and Procurement: identifying potential suppliers, negotiating, and getting price quotes and managing suppliers.
    • Ordering: Purchasing materials that the company needs.
    • Transportation: identifying the right transportation mode (plane, ship, or train) to move goods.
    • Receiving: Managing the arrival of new materials.
    • Material Handling: carrying the received goods to destination within the production facility and storing for later use.

    The process will continue until the smooth movement of materials to the destination within your business facility. D365 supply chain management manages the inbound operations in an efficient manner.

    Outbound operations

    Outbound operations come as part of the demand side of your supply chain, and it encompasses various activities to deliver finished goods to the customer. In simple terms, outbound operations or outbound logistics is shipping out of finished goods to end users from the warehouse or production centers. In between the movement of goods to customers, involves various steps such as order fulfillment, packing, transport and delivery. Outbound operations processes involve:

    • Storage management: Store goods in good condition and organize them before being sent to customers.
    • Inventory management: Manage products the best way for faster order fulfillment, order picking and packing process.
    • Transportation: Defines the mode of shipping products.
    • Delivery: Proper delivery of goods in good condition. D365 SCM helps you perform the outbound operations efficiently.

    Inventory activities

    D365 SCM allows you to keep track of physical inventory transactions. Inventory journals are used to post various inventory transactions such as the posting of issues and receipts, inventory movements, creation of BOM (Bill of Materials), and reconciliation of physical stock.

    Inventory Control

    Supply Chain Management system helps you manage inventory levels, i.e., the amount of inventory or stock available for distribution. The application helps you manage items from during the time of stock to destination.

    Quality assurance

    Quality management process ensures the products to be delivered in the supply chain are of high quality. Quality assurance processes simplify your supply chain and improve customer satisfaction. For any nonconforming or defective product, the system can schedule tasks to correct product issues and therefore help prevent the issue from happening again in future.

    Warehouse Management

    Warehouse management in Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management helps you manage both the inbound and outbound warehouse operations. This module comes with a range of features to keep your warehouse activity at optimal level. It is connected to various other business activities including transportation, quality control, manufacturing, purchase, sales and returns.

    Inbound warehouse operations

    Before moving to the manufacturing facility, the goods are stored in the warehouse. The system ensures the goods are placed in good condition and at the right place. The warehouse management of inbound loads goes through various stages and are properly managed in D365 SCM.

    Outbound warehouse operations

    Supply chain management system helps you handle outbound warehouse operations in an efficient manner. It supports partial shipment of loads, cluster picking, setting different dimensions for packing and storage, creating replenishment strategies, small parcel shipping, and more.

    Besides inventory management and warehouse management, D365 Supply Chain Management covers, cost accounting, cost management, master planning, vendor collaboration, sales and marketing, transportation management, and more.

    The new features in Dynamics 365 SCM helps you improve operations, deploy agile production planning, optimize inventory and service levels, increase order fulfillment capability, and simplify global inventory accounting.

    With efficient features and tools, this supply chain solution helps you meet challenges in the supply chain process.

    To know more about D365 SCM and the benefits it brings, get in touch with a Microsoft Partner who are experts in various Dynamics 365 applications. For your business located in any of the MENA countries, it is worth relying on Microsoft Dynamics 365 partners in UAESaudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Pakistan, and India.

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