LITTLE SANTA’S UPDATE: printing bar code labels, stock levels, planned demand

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    #1 Barcode labels for products and raw materials

    Why?

    It is a popular solution used in large manufacturing companies, making it easier for managers to organize work on the shop floor.

    What does it give you?

    The availability of such a “pro” solution for small businesses is a huge advantage. This allows you:

    • automation of the production process through labelling;
    • improved inventory accuracy (especially useful at year-end or for stock-taking)
    • aid for the identification of products and raw materials in the warehouse.

    How does it work?

    In Prodio, you can generate labels yourself and customise them. Label configuration is fairly simple. You can:

    • print a simple label with basic information, such as the product name and bar code,
    • print an “advanced” label where you will see more information related to your product.

    In addition, you can also use your external EAN number (it can be assigned to a product, and it can also be displayed on the label instead of the Prodio ID).

    You can also include the quantity of the product in the code, so you will see it when scanning the barcode. It’s a super-feature that lets you use labels right across your entire warehouse.

    Supported barcodes:

    • order from a customer (as quantity takes finished items): e.g. 12/2022
    • order from a customer + quantity: e.g. 12/2022-10
    • order from a supplier: e.g. ZD/31/2022
    • the ordered item to the supplier (as the quantity gets the quantity from the order): e.g. L/496
    • supplier order part + quantity: e.g. L/496-100
    • raw material ID from the product base or EAN: e.g. S/2995 or 5684345455
    • raw material ID from the product base or EAN + quantity: e.g. S/2995-150 or 45684345455-150
    • product ID from the product base or EAN: e.g. P/2995 or 45684345455
    • product ID from the product base or EAN + quantity: e.g. P/2995-150 or 45684345455-150

    Only raw materials are supported in the order from the supplier.

    Supported receipts/releases:

    • client’s order (receipt type: from the shop floor, return from the client; issue type: to the client)
    • supplier order and supplier order item (receipt type: from the supplier; issue type: to the supplier)
    • raw materials (all types)
    • products (all types)

    Corrections/inventory transfers for both raw materials and finished products.

    #2 Barcode labels for inventory releases and receipts or inventory transfers

    Why?

    This new element will speed up your work and make it much more efficient.

    What does it give you?

    • customisation is the biggest advantage, 
    • your work is much faster as you don’t have to click each item manually in the system (i.e. when you need to transfer raw material).

    When you scan the bar code, all data will be read automatically “in bulk”.

    How does it work?

    • label sizing fits most printing and labelling devices, so using them is a breeze,
    • you can create multiple labels, e.x. in the column Print, Multiple Labels, enter the number of labels you wish to print, then write the number of pieces; if you have 250 pcs and market five labels, the system will generate five labels, with 50 pcs printed on each.

    #3 Stock levels of raw materials and finished products

    Why? 

    It is not a secret that proper stock tracking for raw materials and finished products is essential for every business. Without that, you may find yourself in a difficult situation with inappropriate materials for your production or too many finished products that no one wants to buy. So, it’s time to get it organized! With the proper organization, you can rest easy knowing that your business is ready to fulfil every order that comes on its way.

    What does it give you?

    • complete control over stock levels and finished products,
    • ability to make a quick corrective action to replenish stock when stock levels are critical,
    • ability to control stock levels and raw material transfers without hundreds of limitations typical to ERP systems,
    • reduced inventory waste because stock levels can be accurately monitored and adjusted in real-time.

    How does it work?

    On the left side, click on the Inventory and choose Stock levels to see the current stock of raw materials and finished products (you can use the switch above the table, accordingly).

    You can see the current demand – related to manufacturing orders and the quantity in stock, taking into account the optimum and critical levels in the warehouse. You can also perform multiple operations from this level: order materials from a supplier, create a receipt or issue an inventory transfer.

    #4 Planned demand for raw materials and finished products

    Why? 

    We listened to your manufacturing stories, and it was inspiring. You stress the importance of planning the demand for raw materials and finished products. It turned out that the biggest dream would be to see it as easily as possible. That’s why we made simple graphs to show you the demand, consumption of raw materials, and delivery from suppliers over a given period.

    What does it give you?

    • better stock level management and increased efficiency. You can precisely forecast your future demand,
    • a lot of valuable information, allowing you to make informed decisions without the need to enter a considerable amount of data like in ERP systems,
    • improved customer satisfaction because you meet all delivery dates,
    • savings and cost-cutting of excess stock levels – you order exactly the amount of raw materials you need, forecasting future demand.