Inform Distribution Center: Wireless Warehousing Done Right

Visibility Across All  Warehouse Operations

Gain control over operations and insight into inventory location, staff allocation, and order completion status.

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A Complete Warehouse Operations Toolkit

Eliminate bottlenecks and errors that drag down operations with structured workflows and task management. 

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What Makes a Warehouse More Efficient?

Labor costs are the largest expense in the warehouse.  Inform DC minimizes time spent executing operations.

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1 | Comprehensive Warehouse Visibility

Thriving businesses rely on streamlined operations and robust oversight. Inform Distribution Center (DC) eliminates time-consuming errors, product losses, and re-ships with well-defined warehouse processes to deliver an unprecedented ROI within weeks.

Fine-tune your warehouse functions with optimized putaway, customer labeling, performance analytics and paperless operations. Inform DC taps into the expansive knowledge of the more than 1000 distributors we serve each and every day to continuously improve logistics and operations. 

  • Reduce travel time around the warehouse with smart routing
  • Achieve higher customer retention with fewer errors and mispicks  
  • View real-time inventory levels across all warehouses from one screen
  • Eliminate time consuming and costly year-end physical inventory counting

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2 | Warehouse Management Toolkit

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Attain State of The Art Warehouse Operations

Inform DC integrates warehouse management with Inform ERP to provide smart picking, guided putaway with location slotting, cycle counting, automatic bin stock and replenishment, mobile scanning with confirmation and easy product and location lookup, as well as dashboard reporting and analytics. Adopters of Inform DC notice marked improvements in all daily warehousing activities.

Drill down into each area to learn more about Inform DC workflows for improved inventory operations: 

Streamline receiving procedures with guided best-practices using Inform DC. Real-time notifications eliminate PO receiving errors and help drive proper backorder handling and on-time customer order fulfillment. 

  • Handle multi-PO stock receiving
  • Display discrepancy warnings during stock receiving
  • Correct receiving errors by enabling "un-receive" by line item quantity
  • Get notifications of received items not on the purchase order
  • Automate receiving and tedious serial number collection with Advanced Shipment Notifications (ASN)
  • Add vendor carton UOM barcodes to received products to eliminate re-labeling
  • Print product POS, bin, and even barcode labels for non-barcoded products
  • Customize workflow and notification of linked orders for cross-docking

Store products in optimal locations with system-wide visibility that displays the location of any item. Improve stocker efficiency using an intelligent workflow that provides direction from receiving to bin replenishment to order staging.

  • Guided Putaway offers multiple strategies:
    • Primary Putaway delegates inventory to the System-defined product location
    • Optimized Putaway assigns products to the bin that has both adequate capacity and is in closest proximity to the primary bin location
    • Operator Directed Putaway delivers maximum flexibility with manual putaway options
  • Accommodate multiple products in a single bin
  • Print the putaway slotting label during stock receipts, immediately directing operators as PO's are being received
  • Location Slotting calculates an optimal putaway location closest to the primary bin using a number of storage characteristics including bin height, depth, weight, and volume capacity, driving better, faster operations

Eliminate the need for annual plant shutdowns and dramatically improve inventory accuracy with Inform DC's Cycle Counting. Operating alongside daily order fulfillment, this tool gets rid of errors from manual stocking, reduces the burden on warehouse staff, and provides more accurate counts of faster moving items.

  • Suggest daily cycle count activities based on product velocity, ranking and workdays remaining
  • Pause cycle counts for employee vacation or other activity
  • Coordinate cycle counts by item velocity, bin range, vendor, and more
  • Take advantage of extensive report options, automated general ledger entries, and historical cycle count activity

Fulfill sales orders more efficiently with intelligent task management and pick routes. Split large orders, batch orders by delivery route, or use the Job Queue to evaluate user task lists and manually assign jobs using simple drag and drop.

  • Visualize order status from 'in progress' to 'complete' with real-time order completion percentage with Order Pick Monitor.
  • Automate picking of customer orders, warehouse transfers, and production orders
  • Manage staging and payment handling for Point-of-Sale and deposit sales orders
  • Pick in batch for truck loading
  • Accommodate a mix of warehouse picking and showroom self-service picking
  • Manage multiple pickers on a single large order simultaneously
  • Allow picking of other than the requested quantity
  • Automate picking of components for kits and MTO assemblies
  • Create a customizable, user-defined picking path

Realize full shipping visibility through custom truck routes, advanced shipping notices, and automatic inventory updates. Print a paper copy of all your important shipping documents, including labels, specs, and lists.

  • Manage truck stops within routes and digital delivery signatures
  • Print:
    • Customer shipping labels
    • Packing lists, detailed or summary delivery truck manifests
    • HazMat documentation
    • Bills of lading
  • Automatically post shipments and update inventory in transit, or optionally complete real-time invoicing
  • Integrate with UPS WorldShip, FedEx ShipManager, and Endicia for the US Postal Service

Restock the primary locations from overstock using bin minimum and maximum quantities that forecast inventory needs. Understand your bin counts and automatically replenish inventory as needed. 

  • Predict picking requirements from upper or remote locations to help streamline the picking process
  • Generate a Drop Report from current order demand and primary bin inventory count
  • Direct replenishment of primary and showroom bin locations
  • Take advantage of optional "First-In-First-Out" (FIFO) control

Use your mobile scanning devices across warehouse operations. Scan to look up product status and locations as well as to confirm workflow pick accuracy, putaway locations, and shipping confirmations. 

  • Scan product, bin, or sales order to initiate a lookup query
  • Look up bin locations and in-transit information including onhand, available, committed, and on PO
  • Ensure pick accuracy of each item
  • Confirm item putaway location
  • Ensure accurate shipping through picking scans and shipment confirmation

Get an overview of warehouse operations at a glance with Inform DC's dashboards, or deep dive into further analysis with extensive reporting options. Review key performance indicators to ensure the warehouse is running at peak efficiency. 

  • Dispatcher Job/Task List
  • New Task notifications on a device with manager timeout
  • Extensive WMS activity audit trail
  • Count variance reports and value changes
  • Picker, stocker, and warehouse KPIs, dashboards and reports (2019)

3 | Optimized Inventory Ensures Improved Profitability

What Drives Efficiency in Your Warehouse?

Warehouse travel time is an expensive variable cost. It is virtually invisible and extremely expensive if allowed to go unchecked.

Inform DC provides simple and  advanced strategies that will make your operations more efficient than competitors

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  • Order Pick Path
    Picking strategies are one of the easiest and more cost-effective ways to maximize productivity and improve order accuracy. Products to pick are sorted by optimal pick path.
  • Batch Picking
    Batch picking involves picking more than one order at a time. With multiple orders assigned to a picker, the items on many orders are sorted by the optimal pick path. The number of times a picker has to travel through any aisle is greatly minimized.
  • Product Location Slotting
    Slotting automatically optimizes the put-away placement of products within a warehouse. With optimized putaway using slotting, distributors maximize the use of a warehouse’s available cube space to improve storage and picking efficiency.
  • Automation Factors
    This strategy takes a number of factors into consideration, such as primary and optimal secondary locations, dimensions, and weight. Well- managed slotting leads to reduced picker travel, better-utilized warehouse space, and more intelligent putaway operations.
  • Bin-Level Inventory Visibility
    Tracking inventory locations drives out the hidden costs of searching for products that are known to be in stock, but cannot be found.

    With bin-level inventory tracking, product location is recorded during initial receipt,  bin transfers, and order picks. Inform DC is a real-time WMS so the system and the warehouse are never out of sync.