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pictures or video associated with
any action like inbound receipts/
shipments. These can then be
sent with shipping documents or
used as evidence of damage on inbound goods.
	 2.		Real	Time	Transaction	Processing	 - The most critical pieces of
information needed in a manufacturing facility is the arrival
of raw materials, usage of raw
materials and the shipping of finished goods. If you lack real time
data, your warehouse team will be
spending several hours a day looking for product, have too much
money tied up in excess stock, and
you'll be disappointing customers
with sudden stock-outs that are
not reported by your system.
	 3.		Bin	 Locations	 - It is not uncommon to see a few locations
like main or finished goods as
the only storage locations in the
warehouse. You're not going to
find anything quickly when you
have these super large locations.
We advocate using the acronym
ZABLB (zone, aisle, bay, level,
bin) to properly identify all the
locations in your warehouse. Furthermore, you should designate
location types in the warehouse
such as bulk, production, overstock and pick areas.
	 4.		Inbound	Processes	- The arrival
of goods triggers a series of processes including labeling, inspection, PO updating and put away.
Unless your supplier is amenable
to printing your barcoded part
ID on your purchased parts, RF
Plus has an alias function that
supports the cross reference of
supplier part ID to your own part
ID such that you can scan supplier barcodes. For putaway, your
inventory management system,

if you lack real time data,
your warehouse team will
be spending several hours a
day looking for product.

when required, should also take
into account FIFO (first in first
out) and be able to direct your
staff to put product into pick or
overstock locations.
	 5.		Trace	 - Chances are if you are
not using barcodes, you're not
using trace information such as
lot or serial numbers to further
identify your materials. This is essential for basing inventory turns
on FIFO or providing customers
with traceability information.
Furthermore, you may have to
track multiple trace fields. If you
ever have to add additional trace
fields, RF Plus is able to automatically accommodate that new field.
	 6.		WIP	(work	in	progress)	Tracking	 - Typically, during the creation of a finished good, parts
waiting for the next operation
can't be taken to the next department because they're backlogged, or the next operation
isn't scheduled until next day.
These parts which are not officially a raw material or finished
good are put away to a location

which is not recorded anywhere
except someone's memory. RF
Plus tracks these "in between"
goods and this feature alone was
sufficient for a recent customer
to purchase the product.
	 7.		Cycle	 Count	 - Less than half
companies do daily cycle counts.
A cycle count benefits the business because it ensures location
and quantity accuracy. If you are
like the typical warehouse, you
will avoid losing upwards of two
hours per day looking for parts.
As for setting up cycle counts, RF
Plus can schedule those counts.
Just identify your ABC product
categories and how many times
per year you would like those categories counted.
Like any other endeavor worth doing
well, material management should
be part of your continuous improvement program. These seven best
practices along with RF Plus represent a great start. mt
Jeff Lem, MBA, P.MM, is president of Portable Intelligence Inc.

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