When you talk about planning at trading companies, there is often talk about planning stocks of articles, also called WMS (Warehouse Management System). Warehouse and stock management is, of course, one of the most essential things for a (wholesale) trading company. But in addition to all these stock positions, there is a lot more involved in delivering products on time. This also needs to be planned, monitored and analysed. In this article, we will elaborate on the advantages of vPlan for trading companies.
Deliver on time
Trading companies often have one goal. To deliver products on time. The product must be in stock to be able to deliver it on time. But processes around it also need to be set up efficiently to get the product out the door on time. A product can be stored in the warehouse or purchased, but it always needs to be 'handled' to get it to the customer. This 'handling' is often not planned and this is precisely where vPlan comes into play.
What is handling?
Very simple. It is nothing more than all the actions required to receive and deliver products. These are often rapid short logistic movements and actions. These can be very different activities per trading company, but think about it:
- Picking orders
These operations require employees, machines and rooms. By efficiently planning these operations based on your available capacity, you ensure that products are delivered on time.
Plans of actions
Most trading companies use ERP or accounting software to create sales and purchase orders. However, there are no possibilities for the workaround it in systems of this kind. So what do we do? We retrieve these sales and purchase orders to vPlan. The order becomes a card in the online planning board. From now on, there are numerous possibilities.
It is of course also possible to create your cards (orders) if you do not yet use ERP or accounting software.
Because the order has become a digital map, paper pick lists and work orders can be thrown into the wastebasket! Your 'handling' process can be set up just the way you want it. We show three examples.
📦 Order picking
The sales order comes automatically into your planning. Each line in the sales order becomes a separate ticket. With statuses, you can quickly and easily indicate whether the product has been picked. Besides, you can also record extra information in customizable free fields. The orders are picked and can be sent to the assembly department.
🔧 Assemblage orders
To deliver the sales order, the picked products have to be put together. Depending on the product and the number of products to be delivered, an activity (operation) is added to the card. The card is planned and linked to a specific employee. You can immediately see the capacity on the assembly order. The employee indicates in vPlan that he or she is ready and can even write time if necessary! From that moment on, the order goes to the expedition for transport.
🚛 Transport planning
All sales orders must be delivered to the customer before the promised delivery date. In the transport planning, it is indicated whether the order will be transported by the customer or by an external carrier. Based on the delivery address, the planning is classified efficiently.
So you see that planning 'actions' is also a must for trading companies. Deliver even more efficient and faster. Get a grip on delivery times, capacity. You have more insight into progress.
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