Efficient Shipments Inbound Receiving

  On Time Delivery as a process does not stop when material is delivered to stores; rather, it encompasses the whole system from production to consumption of a product. The more efficient a receiving method is, the faster material can be received, accounted, and stocked. The barcodes on Advance Shipment Notices (ASN) allow for faster receiving with just a scan. The underlying data for the material has already been sent electronically, so the only step left is just the scanning of [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central Shipping Label Requirements

Amazon vendor central has very strict guidelines on how their packages are to be labelled by the suppliers. No wonder with such an efficient supply chain system in Amazon, everything should work perfect. Labels on the packages help achieve this goal to Amazon Label Types There are various labels used in the shipping process for Amazon Vendor Central Product barcode labels – UPC/EAN/ASIN/ISBN – This is the individual product identifier that will generally be present on each unit packaging. This is the [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central – Invoicing Process

When to Submit Invoice to Amazon Vendor Central Amazon recommends its suppliers to submit invoice for the shipments as soon as the Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) are submitted. As Amazon calculates the payment due date from the date the invoice received and not based on the printed invoice date, it is better that the suppliers submit invoice as soon as the shipments leave their facility Invoice Creation process Invoices can be created manually in Amazon vendor central or submitted automatically using EDI [...]

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Inventory Visibility – Beyond ERP

Inventory Visibility Inventory is a key part of any business. Manufacturing, Distribution businesses depends on availability of correct inventory. Important feature of inventory is its visibility. If the inventory lies in a corner of the warehouse and not visible to Planners, it will add to inefficient resource utilisation   ERP and Inventory Visibility Most of the business today, depends upon their In-house ERP system for inventory visibility. WMS (Warehouse Management system) linked to ERP system provides a good visibility into the inventory inside [...]

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Collaborative Planning in Supply Chain – Share your Forecasts

Forecast Collaboration How to reduce Supply Chain Planning cycle time and inventory levels? How to automate inventory replenishment? What will happen if one of my suppliers reduce capacity on one of their plants? How do I inform my suppliers when my customers reduce their demand? All the above questions are asked by Supply chain managers frequently when they are planning their supply chain horizon. Collaboration is the key answer to all these questions Current Collaboration Status Today’s collaborative planning process is mostly a collection of disconnected [...]

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Amazon Vendor Central – Required Shipment Information

Shipment Information to be Provided for Amazon Vendor Central Shipments are important process for Amazon vendor central. Depending upon the Freight terms, suppliers are expected to provide shipment information at different stages. Prepaid Shipments Prepaid shipment suppliers are expected to provide shipment information only after the shipments have left their facility. As there are no routing request to be created for Prepaid shipment, it is not necessary to provide carrier request. These suppliers need to provide only Advance Shipment Notice (ASN) after [...]

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Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) – Visibility is the Key

   VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory) is the one of the best Inventory Management tools that will reduce the inventory carrying cost. By making your suppliers carry the inventory on behalf of you, you are reducing the risks and costs of inventory obsolescence. In VMI process, the supplier is expected to carry the inventory and make it available as and when it is needed. Customer pays only the for the inventory they have pulled or consumed. VMI Location The vendor managed inventory may [...]

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