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Advance Warehousing

  • 1.  Advance Warehousing

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 05, 2017 04:44 PM
    Good Morning All.

    How may of you are using Advanced Warehousing?

    We are current using AX2012 R3 Inventory Management for our Warehousing/Inventory Tool and thinking of Advanced Warehousing.

    Cheers

    John Adler
    Systems Administrator
    New Zealand Dairy Goat Co-Op
    Hamilton
    New Zealand

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    John Adler
    Systems Analyst
    Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Ltd
    Hamilton
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  • 2.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 06, 2017 07:56 AM
    Good morning John,

    if by Advanced Warehousing you're referring to WAX and TRAX that were introduced with AX 2012 R3, then we're using it at Lab Riva.  We implemented it last year and it improved the productivity of our warehouse workers almost instantly.  It fulfilled all our needs out of the box and I'd say that it's suited for companies with basic to medium warehouse processes complexity, which is our case.  We're in the pharmaceutical industry, so we have batch controlled items with FEFO requirements and customer sellable days, specific zones for certain types of products and the WAX module handles all of that pretty easily.  It probably won't get to a point where it can do all of the things that a best-of-breed WMS solution can do, but it can definitely take you a long way.  You should definitely evaluate it if you need mobile device integration and advanced warehousing features, because it only requires time and hardware.  Everything else is already in the box, as opposed to another external solution where you have to spend a lot of capital just to license the software.

    Best regards,

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    Yvan Charbonneau
    Director of information systems
    Laboratoire Riva Inc
    Blainville QC
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  • 3.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 06, 2017 01:32 PM
    Hi John and Yvan, I would be careful with terminology here so you don't confuse other users as technically, WAX and TRAX is not standard AX but the Blue Horseshoe ISV product. The standard R3 modules Warehouse and Transportation Mgt are WHS and TMS respectively. That being said, everything else Yvan says are good benefits of the product. I have implemented this with many manufacturing and distribution companies and it's a huge leap forward for AX. More advanced and best of breed features are continuing to be rolled out, many of which have already been released for D365.

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    Andrew Lencsak
    Senior Application Consultant
    eBECS
    Atlanta GA
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  • 4.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 10, 2017 03:44 PM
    Thank you Yvan and Andrew. Your feedback will help in our decision.

    Regards

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    John Adler
    Systems Analyst
    Dairy Goat Co-operative (NZ) Ltd
    Hamilton
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  • 5.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Jul 14, 2017 01:26 PM

    I would recommend that you fully vet your implementation partner's warehouse resources before making the decision to move to advanced warehousing. It's a complex module that can be really difficult to set up if your consultants don't know the module inside and out.



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    Amanda Creedon
    IT Business Analyst
    Kayem Foods Inc.
    Chelsea MA
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  • 6.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    Posted 17 days ago
    Hello -

    We are currently using the inventory management module and are live in our system (going on 2 years). So all items have been set-up and transactions have occurred against the items. However, we are interested in some of the advanced warehouse management features, specifically, mobile devices. Are we able to move or transfer all of our items and their setup from inventory management to warehouse management? Or are we stuck since our inventory items already have transactions against them?

    Any insight or help would be greatly appreciated. We do not want to have to re-setup everything all over again in order to use some of the advanced warehousing features.

    Kind Regards,
    Rebecca

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    Rebecca Bunch
    Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc.
    Richmond VA
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  • 7.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 16 days ago
    We are using AWMS in D365 F&O and have been for almost a year now. It was a pretty big implementation/change-over project from our previous warehouse management ISV, but I think while the warehouse teams had a tricky transition period to get used to the new system, they are now liking it and it provides more efficiencies. I am not super-familiar with what they all did, but I do know that we had to create new warehouses in the system as you can't change a warehouse from a non-advanced one to an advanced one. So in a weekend effort, all of the inventory was migrated from the old to the new warehouse, and we went with DSI as the mobile device ISV as the out of the box functionality wasn't sufficient for our requirements. I can put you in touch with some people at my company if you're interested in finding out more details!

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    Kerstin Newman
    Business Analyst
    StarTech.com
    London ON
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  • 8.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    Posted 16 days ago
    Hi @Rebecca Bunch, I'm a colleague of @Kerstin Newman's and worked on the AWMS project. To her point, the configuration and cut-over was fairly involved in our case, moving from a non-advanced D365 warehouse (integrated to our original WMS system) to an advanced WH in D365 serving as our new WMS. Once we got there though, it has worked reasonably well for us with some time to stabilize.

    We did not have to re-create any of our existing items, but below is a high-level list of what was required to move our items from one D365 warehouse to another. Some of which were DMF loads and others were custom scripts:
    1. Clear any inventory blocking, including open Quality orders if you are using the Quality module
    2. Un-reserve all quantities from open orders
    3. Update the warehouse for open SO and TO lines 
    4. Update the warehouse for open PO lines
    5. Transfer journal to move inventory from non-advanced WH to advanced
    6. Re-create any necessary inventory blocking, again including Quality orders if applicable

    Hope that helps​

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    Kirk Anger
    StarTech.com
    London ON
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  • 9.  RE: Advance Warehousing

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 15 days ago
    D365 has a job to convert a warehouse to use warehouse management.  You have to populate a table with new values to assign locations, but I've been able to use a data import to do that.  I just had to export existing locations to Excel, add values for location profile and zone, and then import the results into the table used by the job.

    There is also a job change the storage dimension group to a warehouse managed storage dimension group.  It's got similar requirements.  You have to build a table that holds item number, new storage dimension group, new reservation hierarchy and new unit sequence group.  The biggest catch here was the existing storage dimension group relationship has to be deleted. before the records can be loaded in the conversion table.  You have to understand whether the storage dimension group is linked to the product or the released product.  I have not tested a situation where the storage dimension group was linked to a product, and the product was released in multiple legal entities.  The deletion of the relationship would make the item invalid in other companies until a new storage dimension group was assigned.

    The item conversion was able to convert items that had inventory transactions with issue status of Deducted.  I have not tested all the possible transaction statuses between the transaction being created and being financially updated, but the fact that transactions with an issue status of  Deducted could be changed suggests that all open transactions do not need to be closed.

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    Kevin McLean
    Strategic Solutions NW
    Beaverton OR
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