It must seem like we come out with an feature announcement for Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 every week! To us it’s like finding buried treasure (how nerdy can I get?). For years we’ve dealt with virtual warehouses or depots by an oral tradition: “This is how so-an-so set it up for XYZ Company.” But with Outbound Inventory in Release 9.1 and 9.2, Oracle has given us the tools and the structure to assist our Customers better and easier.
It provides some well-needed structure. An Outbound Branch/Plant and a Staging Location are designated in the Branch/Plant Constants and the Location Master. These in turn are linked to the Branch/Plant(s) that will be supplying the Outbound Branch by means of the Agreement Master table.
A Great Feature: Outbound Inventory Management
Outbound Inventory is designed for the “Sell Side” of Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) or Consigned Inventory. The Agreement Master allows us to enter all of the particulars of the contracted agreement with our Customers as to:
- Which Items are included
- At what price
- How these Items are replenished and how often
- What is the maximum capacity for these Items at the Customer’s site
- What is the minimum quantity that is needed
- What triggers replenishment
- Effective Date and Expiration date
- Total negotiated quantity
As with some of the other new innovations in 9.2, this builds upon the structure already in place by using the Order Management’s:
- Sales Order Entry
- Pick Slips
- Ship Confirmation
- Invoice Printing
- Sales Order Update
This reduces the learning curve on the Customer Service folks taking the orders. It also reduces the learning curve for Customers using Customer Self Service. By having the Agreement Master form and row exits in the Sales Order Entry screen, it assists Customer Service by filling in the line on the Sales Order for those Items specified in the Agreement. It also tracks the total quantity of the Agreement so that negotiated prices on the Agreement (if any) cannot be used for more Items than specified in the contract.
By increasing convenience and reducing the inventory management costs for the Customer, Outbound Inventory improves collaboration and loyalty while assisting Suppliers to forecast and manage demand more effectively. It also tracks ownership of the Items regardless of their physical location.
To learn more about Outbound Inventory Management, grab the next issue of JDE Tips Knowledge Express. You’ll learn how to set Outbound Inventory up for Consignment Inventory, Internally-owned Inventory, and Vendor Managed Inventory.