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Digital Recall Protection

Steve Dwyer – CRO, WithoutWire

Jif product recall reminds inventory management SME of the need to share the goods news.

On May 20, 2022, an article about a voluntary recall of Jif products by J.M. Smucker Co. caught the attention of a SME (subject matter expert) on inventory management, the critical nature of these events prompted me to write this blog on Digital Recall Protection.

Did you know that on average, 1,279 drugs are recalled every year!  According to FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Services), average food recalls range between 50 and 120 in a given year.  The most common recalls are related to concerns of Listeria, Salmonella, Unapproved substances and Undisclosed allergens.

Have you ever been through a recall yourself?  In a best-case scenario, it is a large disruption to your ongoing business.  Your internal resources are sent scrambling through vendor paperwork, throughout the warehouse, throughout the quality department and throughout your shipment paperwork.  Our government agency Food Safety Inspection Services will also lend a hand to help you through the crisis.  And why do I say crisis?  Because in the worst case scenario a recalled item can cause serious harm to your consumers, your product brand, and your corporate image and reputation!

While companies can do many things to prevent recalls, in many scenarios they are not completely avoidable.  So, whether that drives you, or the government led FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) drives you, it is important to apply best practices and training on quick and accurate methods for containing a recall concern from getting out of hand.

WithoutWire has developed a 3-step, 3-minute digital recall that prevents an initial concern raised by any of your employees from becoming a major issue.  It starts with accurate lot, expiration and/or serial tracking of your raw materials and finished goods.  When you track your finished good creation through the WithoutWire system you always have full lot traceability back to the raw materials.  That is key, because you cannot always predict where the initial concern will be raised.  The FSMA also requires food companies to digitally track their lots 1 step back and 1 step forward in your supply chain.

Having these records kept digitally in an inventory management platform like WithoutWire means you are always prepared to act on these concerns.

STEP 1:  You can immediately lock down all item/lot materials in question within your facility through our WithoutWire web console:

STEP 2:  Now you want to prevent any more suspected contaminant from entering your warehouse.  So, you want to place that item or vendors items on immediate hold upon receipt, pending quality inspection until further notice.
STEP 3:  And finally, you want to pull up a digital list of all Customers who have received this item, or sub-component of an item/lot that is in question over a specific date range.
Our 3-step process is accomplished all within 3 minutes … digitally.  Through Recall Protection, WithoutWire provides a very inexpensive insurance policy to enable FSMA or DSCSA (Drug Supply Chain Securities Act) compliance and protection for a very substantial risk to your business!

If you would like to see a Product Recall demonstration of WithoutWire you can request it today.

We hope that you will contact us to today for a product demonstration of complex inventory made simple for Distribution, Manufacturing and/or Field Service.

Steve Dwyer
Chief Revenue Officer
​WithoutWire Inventory Sciences

Supply Chain Logistics – WithoutWire Inventory Platform

Native Application

We offer a configurable solution for native Android and iOS apps that our team trains you and your partners on to future-proof your inventory management strategy.

We deliver an always up to date customer process document that is referenced and used by new employees to get up to speed quickly on operational processes.

Rapid Deployment

Your WithoutWire project team includes a Business Analyst, Sr. Architect, Lead Developer, and a QA Specialist. This engagement will include project management, consulting & scoping services, configuration services, user acceptance testing (UAT) support and preparation for Go-Live.
From Kick-off to Hyper-care, a WithoutWire crew works hand-and-glove with your internal team across five stages of solution implementation.

Inventory Requests

​Moving and requesting inventory from one location to another. Sounds basic, right? When you’re talking about transfers, the main things that come to mind are the source and the destination. Discover all the layers involved from the labor, the truck, the data, the devices, and how to optimize them with our Inventory Platform solutions.

Advanced Allocation

Inventory allocation is often lamented for its degree of difficulty. Most ERP systems are just not equipped to handle the many supply chain exception conditions. And then layer the need to go paperless using advanced mobile inventory solutions and the inventory challenges become complex.

Sophisticated warehouse management designed to be easy to understand becomes the only answer

Manufacturing & Field Service

​WithoutWire embeds powerful functionality right in to Microsoft Field Service – giving your field techs a single-source of inventory truth. Eliminate WMS/ERP red tape on day one.

Your field techs are paid to do their jobs, not to go on a wild goose chase to find out which system has the most accurate inventory data.

Power Platform

Low code and No code business users are seeing incredible efficiency gains in up to 73% cost reductions in creating business applications that are managed by Enterprise level compliance and administrative tools that ensure monitoring of performance and anomalies in execution across the whole eco-system regardless of in house or external users.

Allocation, Reservation and Ownership thru Mobility

Inventory allocation is often lamented for its degree of difficulty.  Most ERP systems are just not equipped to handle the many supply chain exception conditions.  And then layer the need to go paperless using advanced mobile inventory solutions and the inventory challenges become complex.  Sophisticated warehouse management designed to be easy to understand becomes the only answer

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The top 3 challenges which face most supply chain folks are:

  1. How much of an item is “Available to Promise” … AtP?
  2. 3PL inventory visibility across multiple Customers thru a secure portal
  3. When demand exceeds supply the question becomes: to steal?  or not to steal inventory for another order??

With unlimited supply, these challenges would never be an issue.  But that is rarely the reality.  More common are scenarios of ever-changing forecasts and demand.  It turns out that one company has cracked the code.   And the answer was right in front of us all the time … item attribute allocation sets.

Take scenario one, a typical use case in the omni-channel where Shopify, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), and a multitude of other e-commerce platforms need visibility to AtP.  It turns out that Available to Promise is a simple calculation:  Inventory on Hand – Sales Orders = AtP.  It can get complicated quickly though if you need to separate availability by channel.  Take one franchisor customer of ours for example. 

Most of their items need to be sold in 3 different channels. 
1. Internal Franchisor consumption,
2. External Franchisees and
3. Their B2C ecommerce channel. 

​Each channel can have unique criteria around what constitutes Inv on Hand and Sales Orders.  For example, the franchisor channel is more willing to unallocate their inventory then the B2C channel.  In B2C, if you can not fulfill on your AtP, there can be severe fines or even defaults on agreements with major channel partners like FBA.  Inv on hand needs to be more closely managed for this reason.  Business rules are enabled to handle multiple channel needs for AtP within the WithoutWire console.  This creates the need for security and permissions around mobile functionality.  Managing allocation in this way optimizes your revenue AND customer satisfaction!  In the illustration below you can see that item #2425 is allocated to (reserved for) the Customer “Cayman Water” and is not available to any other customer’s order:


Scenario two utilizes our WithoutWire tools for 3PL, consignment and Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI).  The WithoutWire platform extends seamlessly with the Microsoft Platform through our Power Automate, Power Connectors and Power Apps.  This not only allows us to identify Customer inventory with ownership, but it drives reporting to Customers to not only make requests to meet their needs, but real-time visibility to their inventory, its quantities, its movements, and corresponding invoicing.  We connect our system to the Microsoft Customer Portal so that our clients have a security-controlled environment to address the common inventory questions, and power to win new 3PL customers … and retain them!
The third scenario is perhaps my favorite.  Have you ever had inventory disappear in your warehouse?  I believe this has been the case for every prospect I have ever spoken with over the past 14 years!  Now you see it … now you don’t.  Where does it go?  Warehouse Ghosts must exist!  Well not really, this problem has led WithoutWire to ghost-busting new functionality using “Allocation Sets”.  Think of this as “reservation” of inventory.  The ability to set aside critical inventory for its intended purpose, out of reach of others who may not have done proper inventory planning.  This has several common use cases including technicians who need the same part.  Or various channels who would like to grab a high-demand part.  But perhaps the most common, is for staging parts against long running projects.  Suppose you are procuring parts over the next 30 days to stage for a project that you need to install.  If every time you turn around your “reserved” parts are being taken by other “immediate use” projects, you will quickly feel like you are in a never-ending game of “whack-a-mole”.   To solve this, our customers stamp each item to its designated project as it arrives.  Now stealing of inventory can still occur, but no longer by accident.  With the proper Supervisor authority, inventory swapping is planned and executed thru our mobile application.  For these use cases, a little bit of discipline goes a long way in optimizing supply chain inventory movements.

We hope that you will contact us to today for a product demonstration of complex inventory made simple for Distribution, Manufacturing and/or Field Service.

Steve Dwyer, Chief Revenue Officer
WithoutWire
[email protected]

Complex Inventory Made Simple thru Mobile

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Leaving paper and spreadsheets can be challenging.  Resistance to change is only half of the battle, the other half comes from complex alternatives.  Complex inventory challenges can be met with complicated solutions and that can feel like you are doubling down on expensive!

What if you could achieve a return on investment with improvements in usability and the following hard dollar savings:

  • 20% Labor savings
  • 200% increase in order volume with your current staff
  • 100% reduction in paper
  • 50% reduction in data entry
  • 3-to-5-month ROI payback!

​WithoutWire has modernized the mobile interface for warehouse, production and field technicians. With real-time integration to Dynamics, our solution needs minimal training to gain maximum adoption among your workforce.  Contextual intelligence guides workers to follow a process that is predictable and repeatable. With our focus on simplifying complex inventory challenges we have introduced a powerful mobile experience for replenishing inventory with a Just-in-Time (JIT) supply just when you need it, in just the right quantities.


Distribution

Laboratory and medical supplies are examples of where stock-outs can literally be a case of life or death.  Who says supply chain is not important?  Lab technicians and nurses should never run out of critical hospital and medical supplies to do their job.  Gloves, syringes, and masks can be critical to their protection and the protection of their patients.  Through WithoutWire enhanced replenishment, lab closets and hospital supply rooms never run out of those critical supplies.  Cross-site replenishment was a challenge that WithoutWire had to simplify and solve for our clients.  Transfer picks, in-transit and cross-site moves all follow one set of logic within our system.  Simple, consistent, and predictable flow of goods need to extend beyond the 4 walls of your warehouse to hospital and lab closets of supply.

Manufacturing

If only manufacturing staging had unlimited space …  A common challenge for our Manufacturing Clients.  Production jobs often span a whole day or multiple shifts throughout the day.  Shutting down the line to wait for raw material delivery creates tremendous inefficiency.  WithoutWire has constructed the replenishment logic to schedule raw material deliveries JIT.  Fully automated through mobile we take the complexity out of your required production inventory supplies.  Just set it.  And forget it.  We can drive an hourly re-supply via our automated mobile WithoutWire software.  Production runners follow the pick tasks and replenishments driven by our mobile application.  No more production shutdowns.  No more interruptions in each shift.  Reducing the overflow in staging has the added benefit of minimizing cross-contamination of raw goods.

By automating the repetitive replenishment tasks your production team can focus their attention on accurately recording the raw material and finished good lots, expiration dates, recording scrap, returning unused raw materials and conducting a proper quality inspection.

Field Service

Field technicians serve a critical role in performing installations against work orders, closing service tickets, and executing on maintenance and repair jobs.  Too often our field technicians become “logistics magicians!”  When the tech does not have the right parts, or not enough parts, they are faced with multiple trips to close their work order and/or they become engulfed in supply chain challenges … which is not the best use of this precious field resource.

Through WithoutWire enhanced replenishment, JIT supply is automated through the easiest mobile experience on the market today.  Technicians can ‘Request Inventory’ required for upcoming jobs through their mobile device and have them automatically shipped to their driveway or an unmanned facility for pick-up.  No paperwork, no data entry, and the most efficient use of your skilled workforce.

NEW!  Ask about our mobile field service embedded within D365 CRM for Field Service.  One app for the technician brings field service mobile power to the palm of their hands.  Enabled through the Microsoft Power Platform using our low-code, no-code WithoutWire Power Connector.

We hope that you will contact us to today for a product demonstration of complex inventory made simple for Distribution, Manufacturing and/or Field Service.

Steve Dwyer, Chief Revenue Officer
WithoutWire
612-839-4058

Solving Complex Inventory Challenges with Warehouse Management Software

WithoutWire Inventory Sciences solves complex inventory challenges through a powerful mobile interface that is friendly and easy to use.

  • 20% Labor savings   
  • 200% increase in order volume with your current staff 
  • 50% reduction in data entry
  • 100% reduction in paper
  • 4-to-6-month ROI payback!

​WithoutWire has modernized the mobile interface for warehouse, production and field technicians. With real-time integration to Dynamics, our solution needs minimal training to gain maximum adoption among your workforces.  Contextual intelligence guides workers to follow a process that is predictable and repeatable. With our focus on simplifying complex inventory challenges we have introduced a powerful mobile experience for replenishing inventory with a Just-in-Time (JIT) supply just when you need it, at just the right quantities.

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Field Service

Field technicians are a valuable resource for completing those tough service tickets, performing installations against work orders and executing on maintenance and repair jobs.  When the tech does not have the right parts, or not enough parts, they are faced with multiple trips to close their work order and/or they become engulfed in supply chain challenges … which is not what they were paid to do.

Through WithoutWire enhanced replenishment, JIT supply is automated through the easiest mobile experience on the market today.  Request inventory required for upcoming jobs through mobile and have them automatically shipped to your driveway or an unmanned facility for pick-up.  No paperwork, no data entry, and the most efficient use of your skilled workforce.


Manufacturing

If only we had unlimited space in our warehouse.  Particularly in manufacturing staging.  Production jobs often span a whole or multiple shifts throughout the day.  Shutting down the line to wait for raw material delivery creates tremendous inefficiency.  WithoutWire has constructed the replenishment logic to schedule raw material deliveries JIT.  Fully automated through mobile we take the complexity out of your required production inventory supplies.  Just set it.  And forget it.  We can drive an hourly re-supply via our automated mobile WithoutWire software.  Production runners follow the pick tasks and replenishments driven by our mobile application.  No more production shutdowns.  No more interruptions in each shift.  No more overflow of materials in staging.

By automating the mundane replenishment tasks your production team can focus on accurately recording the raw material and finished good lots, expiration dates, recording scrap, returning unused raw materials and the proper quality inspection!

Distribution

Laboratory and medical supplies are examples of where stock-outs can literally be a case of life or death.  Who says supply chain is not important?  Nurses and lab technicians should never run out of critical hospital and medical supplies to do their job.  Gloves, masks, syringes can be critical to their protection and the protection of their patients.  Through WithoutWire enhanced replenishment, lab closets and hospital supply rooms never run out of those critical supplies.  Cross-site replenishment was a challenge that WithoutWire had to simplify and solve for our clients.  Transfer picks, in-transit and cross-site moves all follow one set of logic within our system.  Simple, consistent and predictable flow of goods throughout and beyond the 4 walls of your warehouse!
We hope that you will contact us to today for a product demonstration and a free download of our mobile app.  From the appstore or google play search “WithoutWire” … all one word and take advantage of our Use-it-Free system.

WithoutWire has extended its solution to the Microsoft Power Platform using low-code, no-code power connectors. 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/connectors/withoutwireinventory/
Now Microsoft partners and customers are empowered to complete their solution using the WithoutWire Inventory Platform of low/no code connectors. 

We hope to collaborate with you soon to solve your complex inventory challenges … just in time!

Steve Dwyer, Chief Revenue Officer
WithoutWire
612-839-4058
[email protected]

Complex field service inventory doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s time you discovered how you can transform your operations.

WithoutWire Field Service tackles inventory with a tightly integrated WMS that handles inventory management better than the alternatives in the marketplace. By layering itself right inside of the Microsoft Field Service mobile app, we enable techs to use one app for job/work orders and the rest of their inventory needs. The new WithoutWire app replaces the basic inventory management capability that ships with Microsoft Field Service with powerful, streamlined functionality for enhanced parts consumption (including serialized and lot tracked items), real-time inventory visibility, one-scan receiving for multiple items across jobs, and now techs no longer have to figure out what parts are for what jobs – WithoutWire Field Service allocates inventory to the work orders it was intended for.

In addition to this powerful Field Service functionality, WithoutWire created a complete set of Microsoft certified Power Connectors; we put the power in your hands to implement, extend, and enhance the solution as your unique needs require.

This webinar was recorded live on December 8, 2021. It showcases how the WithoutWire Inventory Platform integration expands Microsoft’s Field Service capabilities giving you an exciting new option for handling complex inventory.

This September, Microsoft incorporated the WithoutWire Inventory Platform’s Field Service solution on Microsoft AppSource. This integration extends the basic Microsoft Field Service capabilities to effectively handle complex inventory management with the power of WithoutWire.

Check out the new Field Service Power App here on AppSource and WithoutWire’s new Power Connectors here.

WithoutWire to Showcase the Inventory Platform WMS at the Microsoft Summit in Houston

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WithoutWire Inventory Sciences will showcase its Inventory Platform WMS at the upcoming Microsoft Summit in Houston, TX Oct 12-15. Community Summit North America is the largest independent gathering of the Microsoft Ecosystem.  Thousands of people come together from around the globe each year for valuable insights and practical ideas that help them do more with Dynamics 365 and the Power Platform.  

This year’s summit will be packed with 300+ informative and educational sessions to deliver end-to-end learning around all versions of Dynamics 365 FO/AX, CE/CRM & BC/NAV, Dynamics GP & SL and the Microsoft Power Platform.

We are proud to partner with Microsoft and are leveraging Power Automate and the Power Platform in our WMS solution – the WMS for complex inventory management. The Introduction of Power Platform isn’t new, but the POWER in Power Platform lets us create innovations never seen before. These innovations affect ISVs, the partner channel, the speed and quality of customer solutions, the labor force available, and the relationship we all have with Microsoft. Discover how the Power Platform strategy has impacted WithoutWire; Microsoft’s “no code/low code” approach and has made fundamental changes to our business and partner model. Now more than ever, out partners can create solutions that customers really need.

Are you planning to attend the Summit this year? There is still time to register for in-person or virtual attendance.


Key Apple, Tesla suppliers halt production amid China power crunch

Several key Apple and Tesla suppliers have halted production at some of their Chinese facilities to comply with Beijing’s tighter energy consumption policy, putting supply-chain continuity at risk during a peak season for electronics goods including the latest iPhones.
LAULY LI and CHENG TING-FANG, Nikkei staff writers. Access original article here.

September 27, 2021 01:27 JST
TAIPEI — Several key Apple and Tesla suppliers have halted production at some of their Chinese facilities to comply with Beijing’s tighter energy consumption policy, putting supply-chain continuity at risk during a peak season for electronics goods including the latest iPhones.

Eson Precision Engineering, an affiliate of Foxconn — the world’s biggest iPhone assembler — and a key mechanical parts supplier for Apple and Tesla, on Sunday said it suspended its production from Sunday until Friday at its facilities in the Chinese city of Kunshan in direct response to the city’s policy of stopping electricity supply for industrial use.

“The company will leverage its inventory to maintain the operation while production is halted,” Eson said in a filing with the Taiwan stock exchange. “We expect to arrange production on the weekends or in the upcoming holidays [next month] to meet customers’ needs.”

China’s crackdown on energy consumption comes from a combination of reasons — surging coal and natural gas prices, as well as Beijing’s effort to cut emissions and an increase in energy demand — and is impacting a wide range of industries. It comes at a time when global markets have been shaken by the debt crisis engulfing China Evergrande Group, one of the country’s leading property developers.

Unimicron Technology, a major print circuit-board maker and key Apple supplier, said its subsidiaries in the Chinese cities of Suzhou and Kunshan in Jiangsu Province also needed to stop production from Sunday noon till the end of the month. The Taiwanese company said it would mobilize production capacity in its other manufacturing sites to mitigate the impact, according to its stock-exchange filing on Sunday.
IPhone speaker component supplier Concraft Holding, which owns manufacturing facilities in the Chinese city of Suzhou, said in a stock- exchange filing that it would suspend production for five days until noon Thursday and utilize its inventory to support the demand.

Key iPhone assembler Pegatron, which operates massive production sites in both Kunshan and Suzhou, on Sunday night told Nikkei Asia its facilities were running as usual at the moment, but had already prepared power generators should the company receive further notice from the city governments.

To date, Foxconn’s manufacturing facilities in Longhua, Guanlan, Taiyuan and Zhengzhou — the world’s largest iPhone manufacturing complex — had not yet been affected by the power-supply restrictions as of Sunday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Several key chip packaging and testing service providers supplying Intel, Nvidia, and Qualcomm also received notices to suspend production at their facilities in Jiangsu for several days, people with knowledge of the matter told Nikkei Asia, further waylaying an electronics industry hit by the chip supply crunch.

Chang Wah Technology, a leading chip-packaging material maker supplying NXP, Infineon and ASE Tech Holding, said in a stock-exchange filing late Sunday it had to comply with the government’s call to stop production from the evening of Sept. 26 through the end of the month.

The production stoppage across several Chinese provinces could send another shock wave through the global tech and automotive supply chain, which has already suffered unprecedented chip and components shortages and is still experiencing disruptions from COVID variants in Vietnam and Malaysia.

The industrial electricity supply suspension comes amid Beijing’s recent intensified targeting of provinces including Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang for failing to reduce their total energy consumption. Beijing has pledged to mete out stricter punishment for missing the goals. Other provinces, like Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Guangdong, where many tech manufacturers are based, are among those subject to restrictions on industrial electricity supply.

Many small and medium-size enterprises have also felt the energy pinch, as local governments seek to cope with Beijing’s new policies. “We also received a notice that electricity would be cut from Sept. 25 through 28 every day from 8 a.m. to midnight,” a Dongguan-based electronics supplier told Nikkei Asia. “We could only ask our production-line workers to take night shifts to rush some products out.”

The tighter controls have affected a wide sweep of traditional industries, encompassing coal and steel production as well as electronic goods manufacturing, which accounted for a large portion of China’s total exports in 2020.

What is more, the power-supply suspension creates uncertainty for tech supply-chain continuity in the coming months, which mark the busiest time of the year as businesses strive to meet Christmas demand.
Chinese President Xi Jinping last week told the United Nations General Assembly that China would not build any coal-fueled plants in the future as his country aims to shift to green energy. China has said it would control carbon emissions, which should peak by 2030 and then decline. The country’s ultimate goal is to reach carbon neutrality by 2060.

Transform your Technical Services Practice with Advanced Allocation

There are a few axioms of a tech services business with which everyone is familiar. One of the most critical being: If you make a promise to a customer, you need to meet it. If you don’t make promises, you may not have customers.  A measurement that is commonly used here is OTIF.  OTIF stands for On Time, In Full.  How often do you service your customers on time and in full?  If you must make multiple trips over the course of days or weeks, it drives down this measurement.
Principals like these lend themselves well to the customer driven strategy practiced across industries. A customer driven approach works well, but there’s more to business success than making customers happy.  Tech service organizations need to maximize profits and growth. Improving inventory management can yield impressive results. Unfortunately, traditional Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and Field Service Management (FSM) fall short. 
 
Adopters of advanced allocation find increased profits, decreased labor costs, and increased customer satisfaction. Using advanced allocation can fill the gaps between your ERP and work order management system to yield improved fulfillment when its most needed. 
 
Like the axiom mentioned above of a customer focused strategy, some principles ring true across the board for advanced allocation. We’re here to walk through the best practices and specifics on how inventory management solutions make it possible. 
 
Flexibility 

​Few things are more important in keeping customer promises than flexibility. Being able to pivot, realign, learn, and adapt are keys to the most successful tech services practices, but the key is being flexible at speed. In a customer focused model, there’s little room for decision made at a daily rate. Industries with enough variables find a lack of instant flexibility in decision making in their strategy becomes a problem.  This instant flexibility is obtained by: 

  1. Accurate parts inventory 
  1. Allocation of parts to key projects or work orders 
  1. Team member decision making that is sandboxed by technology such as machine learning 

 
In periods of low vs. high demand, it is hard to forecast the needs of hundreds of parts, much less the distribution of your parts to techs and ultimately the customers. With advanced allocation, an organization gains the confidence that needed parts will be ready when the work order starts in the future.  If parts are needed that are not allocated, the inventory system can still support using common stockWhen a request for use of a part occurs, the system will first prioritize use of allocated parts to a specific group or work order.  If there is not enough inventory, the system will seamlessly move to common stock without the operator needing to know about it.   
 
When common stock is used, this data can be used to predict the future needs of distribution, manufacturing, or field service branches of the company, so come next quarter, there are accurate pictures of steps to be taken. 
 
Advanced allocation also allows you to prioritize specific customers in ways you simply could not before.  
 
Decreasing Lead Times for Key Customers  
 
Across industries, there are dozens of cases of businesses prioritizing faster delivery of parts over price or even product selection, unfortunately even then, parts go out of stock.  When that happens, the business must prioritize who gets limited supply.  There are many strategies to handle lack of parts.  Allocate based on first come, first serve, or allocate based on the importance of the customer.  As unpopular it can seem to shift availability to larger more profitable customers, it sometimes is the most logical approach.   
 
One customer allocates parts into three groups: 

  1. Common stock (50% of inventory) 
  1. Key customers (40% of inventory) 
  1. Active work orders (10% of inventory) 

 
Using advanced allocationwhen parts are needed for work orders in key or active work order groups, and there is insufficient inventory, common stock is usedTo learn more, read the Case Study. 
 
If you’re curious about taking the next step towards advanced allocation and want to see how effective it can be, what ROI you can expect, and what system applications would benefit your field service operations, reach out to us.