InOrder’s Advanced Shipping Notice Feature Improves Receiving Efficiency
In many cases, stock that will be arriving is (or could be, if you ask) preceded by advance notice from the vendor based on your POs to that vendor. This could be in the form of an email or a fax or a website. InOrder supports importing this data through EDI processes, where both you and your vendor(s) needed to have EDI programming set up ahead of time for automatic transmittal of POs to your vendors, and then PO acknowledgements, ASNs and/or Vendor Invoices back to you.
Industry surveys typically indicate that receiving efficiency can be significantly improved, by as much as 85%, when using an EDI vendor advanced ship notice process.
Yes, all of this could be automated, but what about your vendors who do not have the resources to set up this sophisticated EDI process?
InOrder also supports manually adding and editing ASNs by selecting line items from that vendor’s open POs, and recording which open PO line item expected quantities are on each ASN, at the carton level.
Optimally, for each ASN, the vendor assigns ID number(s) at the carton and/or the pallet, or shipment level. This way, your receiving team can know precisely what to expect in each carton they are receiving. They can generate the inventory receipt line items by simply scanning that carton or pallet ID, and then verify the contents.
And for your accounting team, vendor bill line item entry also works with manually entered ASNs
For more information about using InOrder for ASNs, EDI, Receiving, and other features, please contact us for a free demo.