ERP Inventory Management for the Meat Industry | Tridea Partners

A solution for meat and poultry processing and distribution companies unique ERP inventory challenges

ColumbusFood helps meat and poultry companies optimize their processes to produce and distribute high-quality products that are compliant with the changing food safety regulations. With a seamless integration to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, there are a variety of features that allow meat processors to address their unique requirements. This article will highlight some of ColumbusFood’s key inventory attributes.

Dual UOM (Unit of Measure) catch weights – Typically, meat processors track products by catch weight or actual weight throughout the production, distribution, and sales process. Microsoft Dynamics NAV allows the user to assign multiple units of measure to an inventory item. This gives the user the ability to record the transaction for the same item in a different unit of measure. With ColumbusFood’s dual unit of measure, the processors are able to manage the same item in terms of its base unit of measure and its bulk quantity. Catch weight also enables the user to record an exact alternate quantity amount for a particular transaction.

Item/Lot attributes – An item’s attribute plays a critical role in various processes including inventory, vendor and customer management, production, and product quality and cost. ColumbusFood, in addition to the basic inventory rotation management, allows maintaining and supporting expiration dates and quarantine dates. This can help maintain inventory integrity.

Item/Lot forward & backward tracing – Processors that produce based on batch require tracking and tracing of key ingredients. Both forward and backward tracing is critical, from raw material receipts through sales of Lot Freshness – allows for the calculation of a Days-To-Fresh, Best If Used By, or a Sell By Date.  ColumbusFood offers the ability for users to track product throughout the system.

Video on Inventory Attributes

 

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WHAT IS DYNAMICS 365?

You’ve probably heard the announcements and discussions about Microsoft Dynamics 365. But what is Dynamics 365?

Microsoft Dynamics 365 is the next generation of intelligent business applications in the cloud. Microsoft 365 unifies CRM and ERP capabilities by delivering new purpose-built applications to help manage specific business functions, including Sales, Customer Service, Field Service, Operations, Marketing, Project Service Automation and Financials. Designed to be personalized, enable greater productivity, deliver deeper insights and adapt to business needs, Dynamics 365 applications help businesses accelerate digital transformation to meet the changing needs of customers and capture the new business opportunities of tomorrow.

Dynamics 365

 

Dynamics 365 is available in two editions:

 

Dynamics 365 Business Edition

Dynamics 365

 

  • Optimized for 10-250 Employees
  • It will contain Project Madeira (called “Financials”) and in the future a Sales and Marketing application as well
  • It is cloud only
  • 300 seat Maximum

 

Dynamics 365 Enterprise Edition

Dynamics 365

  • Optimized for 250+ Employees
  • It includes the Dynamics CRM Online and Dynamics AX (called “Operations”)
  • 20 user Minimum

 

 

In addition to Dynamics 365 business applications both the Business and Enterprise Editions offer the following:

  • You have Power BI and Cortana Intelligence which are natively embedded to help companies achieve their business goals with predictive insights, prescriptive advice and actionable next steps. Azure IoT brings device data to enable preemptive action to business functions like field service.
  • There is deep integration between Dynamics 365 and Office 365 which brings together the two worlds of business process and personal productivity for empowered employees and a much more productive experience.  
  • Business applications will be able to adapt and innovate in real-time with a common data model and extensible business application platform. Dynamics 365 apps will:
    • Use a common data model, shared with Office 365, to simplify data management and integration across apps and business processes.
    • Offer tech savvy business customers/analysts, aka “citizen developers,” (using Power Apps) and professional developers (using Azure platforms services) a consistent business platform they can use to compose new apps and easily extend and modify existing ones.
    • And it will come with connectors that let you integrate with applications and services from Microsoft and our partners – including custom API’s and on premise systems.
  • Microsoft AppSource – Microsoft’s new destination for business users to easily find and evaluate line of business SaaS apps, add-ins and content packs from Microsoft and our partners, including those built on top of Dynamics 365, Office 365, Cortana Intelligence and the Azure platform.

 

Dynamics 365 will be available for purchase starting November 1, 2016. To learn more about Dynamics 365 visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics/dynamics-365

This article was written by Sandra Knight, Senior Sales Consultant for Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider

 

Microsoft Dynamics AX: Tips to Viewing Inventory

Implementing any ERP system involves getting used to new procedures and learning to navigate throughout the system in the most efficient manner to save you time. Here are some helpful tips and tricks. We share these tips with our clients to allow them to hit the ground running and become quickly accustomed with the Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory Module!

1. Add in your Inventory dimensions. You can usually find a “Dimensions Display” button is most inventory related areas.Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

Select the dimensions that apply to your AX setup and click save setup checkbox.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

Now you will be able to see the specific details for your inventory.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

2.  I’d also recommend hiding fields you don’t need. You can right click on a field and hit “hide”. Very quick and makes your screen less cluttered.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

Now your screen only contains fields that are relevant to the transaction you are performing.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

3. You may catch yourself performing inventory transactions that require you to know what’s on-hand right now for a current item. Rather than hop back and forth from the on-hand inquiries screen, you can easily see this information in the transaction. Below I’ve used a movement journal as an example.

I want to move some quantity of an item out of warehouse 24, but I don’t know the total quantity in warehouse 24 off the top of my head. Click the warehouse dropdown and select the on-hand tab to view the available physical quantity.

Microsoft Dynamics AX Inventory module

You can do the same thing on location or batch number if those are inventory dimensions that you use.

This post was written by Laura Garcia, AX Application Consultant at Tridea Partners. Tridea is a leading Microsoft Dynamics provider.