The modern supply chain is evolving, and technology is improving the ability to see and measure processes. If you can see it and measure it, you can require it. Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor or retailer, chances are you have to meet some sort of compliance requirement. It could be from the industry, your supplier … even your customer. The need for a simplified and automated process to meet these requirements is becoming increasingly more important. Here are 4 ways you can put technology on your side to help meet your compliance requirements.
1. Eliminating Paper-Based Processes
If you‘re using paper-based processes and manual data entry in your operations while trying to meet compliance requirements, you must be frustrated. There are tons of challenges with manually entered data (like an error in every 300 keystrokes), and paper-based processes make it nearly impossible to know what is actually going on in your warehouse. Who has time to chase someone down to find out the status of an order? No one.
Technology like Automated Data Collection opens up visibility into how things are done and makes it easier to meet different compliance requirements by giving you real-time access into your data.
2. Consistency in Labeling
There are many headaches that come with printing and labeling but adding in compliance requirements can turn a simple headache into a migraine. Do you:
- Have trouble mixing data from different sources onto your labels?
- Have trouble printing straight from JD Edwards or other 3rd party applications?
- Feel you need an art degree to redesign labels?
- Have different printers for each carrier?
If you answered yes, technology can help – specifically an enterprise labeling solution, like Print Suite Bridge. By bridging the gap between JD Edwards and printers, Print Suite Bridge provides you with a flexible, integrated solution that can meet your customer’s demands (like placing their logo or item description on your product label – even if that information is not located in JD Edwards).
3. Enhance Traceability
In our 20+ years of working with JD Edwards, we’ve noticed a few things: 1) Everyone is looking to efficiently track their products, and 2.) 85-90% of JD Edwards’s customers are not using a full WMS, but need WMS-type functionality to be more productive in doing so. Many customers are turning on Lot Tracking to solve this need, but how do you capture that information and make sure your users are pulling the appropriate lots first?
Let’s say you’re using FEFO (first expire, first out) in your picking. With WM Lite technology, there are 3 ways you can guide users through the warehouse to grab the oldest lots:
- Dynamic Picking – You can guide users through the warehouse to get the oldest lots for sales order fulfillment
- Dynamic Material Request & Replenishment – You can guide users to take oldest lots from bulk area to forward pick or production staging areas
- Work Order Picking – You can track lot numbers of components being brought into the manufacturing process, which gives you the ability to track lots associated with that item being produced
4. Cartonization is your Best Friend for ASNs
If want to do business with some of the big box retailers, you have to meet their demands – including the need to generate Advanced Ship Notice information (ASN). Tracking what went to the customer and generating EDI information are the main drivers for needing Cartonization.
How does Cartonization work? Simply pick your sales order (which can also be done by using data collection technology), and the goods get packed into boxes. From there, content reports, container labels, out-bound EDI, and customs documents can all be printed, and the information is stored in JD Edwards.
This information can then be accessed by any one of your teams. Maybe your support team gets a call from a customer wanting to know how many boxes they are going to receive or they can’t find an item that is supposed to be in a certain box. Having that view of the information eliminates chargebacks and saves money.
The bottom line, compliance can be easier if you have the right tools on your side. To learn more, view our recent webinar and see some of this technology in action.