FDI selected Blue Link ERP as their inventory management and accounting software. A Blue Link consultant, working with FDI personnel, performed a detailed needs analysis and designed a custom specification to address the company’s key requirements. Once the specification was complete and signed off, Blue Link was able to turn the specification into reality, as described below.
The addition of order types gave users the ability to flag orders as ship complete or advance orders with a ship date in the future. A routine was developed to automatically fill backorders on a FIFO basis, after taking into consideration the special order types. This routine assigns inventory to an allocated status on orders where the inventory quantity available exceeds the units on backorder, thus ensuring that orders are filled on a first come, first serve basis; thereafter, the process moves the inventory (as allocated to the order) from an allocated status to a shipping status if the minimum order requirements are met.
A new screen was developed to consolidate multiple orders by customer and print a consolidated picking slip for the warehouse. This consolidation cut the picking time for multiple orders by over 70%. Once the order is picked, the new order fulfillment screen automates the printing of appropriate invoices for the consolidated orders.