Industry

Manufacturing

Where best-of-breed WMS meets the ERP

Manual environments and lack of real-time data can cripple the manufacturing supply chain. To proactively manage inventory and distribution flows, warehouse management systems (WMS) require integration with ERP systems. Softeon supply chain management solutions seamlessly integrate with ERP systems such as SAP, Oracle, Baan and other proprietary systems as well as standard integration protocols to facilitate quick implementation and ROI.

Softeon solutions easily connect every node of the manufacturing supply chain: labor, inventory, forecasting, transportation and distribution to create agile, flexible supply chains. Planners can make timely decisions involving the manufacturing process and the transfer of finished goods or components among DCs for improved inventory management. Goods move through the warehouse with increased visibility and efficiency.

 

Softeon manufacturing solutions give you the ability to:

  • Proactively respond to shortage or overages of SKUs and send the information to the ERP on a real-time or scheduled basis
  • Adjust daily shipment planning, wave sizing and other aspects of supply chain planning at the DC level with real-time or schedule feeds of forecasting and distribution resources planning information
  • Analyze shipment histories to model and trigger inputs for planning systems based on statistical model techniques
  • Manage labor and materials at the SKU level for value-added services (new product launches, product rollouts, promotions)
  • Facilitate inbound inspection and quality checking to support quality assurance programs
  • Use robust purchasing and demand planning capabilities including blanket PO generation and replenishment requests to suppliers
  • Experience multi-level bill-of-materials support
  • Implement sophisticated inventory allocation rules within the DC or across the network to support supplier integration
  • Organize flexible options for order release (by waves, auto order based on events, etc.)
  • Facilitate transportation management, inbound container management and merge-in-transit capabilities

Softeon next-gen solutions support lean manufacturing

3PLs and value-added distributors need systems that support contract manufacturing activities like assembly and kitting. Softeon solutions manage the exact requirements of assembly components via push or pull signals on real-time interfaces between the ERP and WMS. The system manages inbound materials into the warehouse and feeds into the assembly floor to maintain just-in-time inventory. Softeon solutions also support advanced practices such as vendor managed inventory (VMI).

Softeon Manufacturing Core Modules

Softeon solutions are a smart way to improve manufacturing and distribution operations. Learn more:

Warehouse Management System (WMS):

Seamlessly integrates with MRPII/ERPs such as supply chain/distribution planning, material planning and shop floor control systems to respond to real-time or scheduled ERP events that harmonize warehouse activities such as shipment planning, wave sizing, etc. Softeon WMS statistically models and analyzes shipment history to trigger events to MRPII/ERP.

 

Assembly & Kitting Management System (AMS):

Adaptable functions and components to support variation in assembly & kitting processes – from automotive and industrial assembly to consumer durables and electronics. Enables error-proofed processes to meet/exceed customer-acceptable standards for components and parts while maintaining optimal inventory throughout the supply chain.

 

Distributed Order Management System (DOM):

Orchestrates event flows between manufacturing and warehouse processes. Routes planned and on-demand manufacturing events to manufacturing nodes and ASNs to warehouse nodes when finished goods are shipped from manufacturing. When goods are received in the warehouse, back orders for the finished goods are automatically allocated and released to the warehouse. Allocation strategies are based on available, expected or in-transit inventory.

 

Returns Process Management (RPM):

Rule-driven support of a variety of configurable workflows to optimally process returns from diverse channels – directly from the end customer, through a multi-tier supply chain network and logistics service providers. Real-time visibility and rule-based capabilities dynamically evaluates return product attributes and condition to determine disposition and destination.

 

Order Management System (OMS):

Manages multi-channel order demand, pricing, promotions and allocation rules to optimally meet customer order fulfillment SLAs. Flexible interface to accept orders from various channels, provides comprehensive order-to-delivery visibility.

 

Consumer Packaged Goods

Fueling bottom-line supply chain performance

Food wholesalers, distributors and processors must move product through the warehouse with extreme efficiency to make their margins. Whether fresh produce or frozen foods, every case lot, pallet and SKU must be tracked and handled under tight regulatory compliance measures and to meet customer SLAs. There’s no room for error or inefficiency with product recalls, dock and load scheduling and product re-handling on the dock.

Softeon supply chain management solutions automate processes for real-time visibility and management of the entire food warehouse. Strong rules-based receiving and outbound functionality optimizes order and picking processes for improved operations, complete with KPI tracking and WIP performance dashboards. Softeon web-native technology links disparate systems into an integrated food supply chain with these advanced features:

  • Share information with partners: ASN interfaces for improved inventory control and real-time visibility of order status and inventory for vendors, customers and retailers
  • Complex order processing for product, pricing/discount configurations
  • Customer-specific slotting and optimization capabilities to identify optimal product placement by evaluating user-defined preferences and constraints
  • Accurate compliance with FIFO rules and batch management (sell by, best before and expiration dates)
  • End-to-end tracking and auditability for regulatory compliance and accurate recalls
  • Advanced tracking capabilities include batch, lot, and serial number tracking at multiple handling-unit level
  • Real-time WIP dashboards eliminate bottlenecks in picking and loading during progression of pick waves to ensure timely and accurate orders
  • Advanced task management includes functionality for better managing cold storage items to improve shelf life

Smart food industry supply chain solution

With Softeon, formerly manual or non-direct processes are easily automated for higher efficiency with Softeon web-native technology. That means customer queries are addressed and loads, including “milk runs” (direct store deliveries), run better.

Softeon technology enables easy integration between internal and external systems including ERP and order fulfillment systems. All Softeon industry solutions include comprehensive picking functionality that supports RF, Voice and RFID technologies as well as material handling equipment (MHE) integration.

Softeon Manufacturing Core Modules

Softeon solutions deliver unmatched food industry performance. Learn more:

Warehouse Management System (WMS):

Supports the multi-channel model (e-commerce, store shipments, etc.). Order fulfillment workflows can vary for each channel and WMS can be configured to direct the fulfillment activities appropriately. Seamlessly supports seasonal and promotional workflow activities. Based on demand, dynamic pick-lines can be created to optimize order fulfillment workflows. Robust ability to handle lot code, batch number, serial number tracking, cold storage and temperature sensitive materials and complete auditability to support regulatory compliance and recalls.

 

Assembly & Kitting Management System (AMS):

Adaptable functions and components to support multi-channel requirements, such as build to order, serialized assembly, lot control, packaging and other custom assembly of products. Seasonal and promotional services to auto-insert promotional items and packaging.

 

Transportation Management System (TMS):

Flexible functions to support optimal carrier and mode selection. Integrates with carriers via the web or EDI, provides complete shipment visibility, parcel manifesting, and generates carrier-compliant labels, shipment documents and export documents.

 

Yard Management System (YMS):

Accurate and efficient tracking and management of trailers and containers in shipping yard. Schedule appointments, trailer check-in and audit, age-analysis and check-out functionality. The graphical yard viewing tool provides easy and complete visibility of yard.

 

Resource Management System (RMS):

Powerful tools that enable you to control and optimize labor and equipment resources performance to reduce costs and minimize execution variability.

 

Beverage

Powering the bottom line for leading distributors

Beverage distributors and wholesalers face relentless pressure to move high volumes of proliferating SKUs in and out of their warehouses. With beverage inventory owned and managed by the distributor, the “push” supply chain demands even more precision and speed. To ensure margins, distributors must perform receiving, putaway, picking, truck load planning, route planning and direct store deliveries with the utmost proficiency.

Hi Tech & Electronics

Energizing supply chain performance with visibility and connectivity

High-tech assembly presents many challenges for electronics manufacturers, contract manufacturers and 3PLs. Good supply chain management systems streamline the process. Great supply chain systems hold the potential to transform value-added operations with true supplier integration, including materials tracking, just-in-time (JIT) stock replenishment and returns management.

Softeon supply chain management solutions for high tech offer complete visibility into parts and components for manufacturing and assembly. Whether you choose Softeon’s enterprise WMS or WMS Cloud, the warehouse turns into a connectivity center where your organization collaborates with suppliers to improve customer SLAs. Your capabilities are extended to drive down supply chain costs and improve customer service.

High-tech supplier integration

 

Inventory levels, order quantities and assembly requirements must be constantly adjusted to support rapid shifts in production based on demand and product lifecycles. Softeon planning tools manage the process to maintain minimum inventory levels and order quantities as well as perform automatic stock replenishment and PO generation. Softeon high-tech solutions allow:

  • Integrated capture and processing of both serialized and non-serialized parts and components
  • Postponement, assembly, kitting and de-kitting functionality
  • Inbound inspection and quality checking to support quality assurance programs
  • Robust purchasing and demand planning capabilities include blanket PO generation and replenishment requests to suppliers
  • Multi-level bill-of-materials support
  • Sophisticated inventory allocation rules within the DC or across the network to support supplier integration Flexible options for order release (by waves, auto order based on events, etc.)
  • Transportation management, inbound container management and merge-in-transit capabilities

Plugging into Softeon next-gen solutions

From the implementation phase to day-to-day operations, Softeon WMS and extended supply chain management solutions positively affect the bottom line with low total cost of ownership. Softeon technology, completely web based and built with service-oriented architecture, makes it all happen without customization and costly implementations, even as the business rules and your partners change.

Softeon Electronics Core Modules

Softeon solutions hold the key to supplier integration and world-class supply chain performance. Learn more:

wmsWarehouse Management System (WMS):

Complete support of the demand-driven model of the high-tech industry. Dynamically reconfigures warehouse activities based on push and pull signals from ERP in real time. WMS provides extended visibility beyond the warehouse facility to other nodes of the supply chain including vendor managed inventory (VMI) capabilities.

 

amsAssembly & Kitting Management System (AMS):

Adaptable functions and components to support variation in assembly & kitting processes for the high tech industry. Orchestrates just-in-time assembly of components and deliveries to the product assembly line based on demand signal from ERP while maintaining optimal inventory throughout the supply chain.

 

domDistributed Order Management System (DOM):

Orchestrates event flows between manufacturing and warehouse processes. Routes planned and on-demand manufacturing events to manufacturing nodes and ASNs to warehouse nodes when finished goods are shipped from manufacturing. When goods are received in the warehouse, back orders for the finished goods are automatically allocated and released to the warehouse. Allocation strategies are based on available, expected or in-transit inventory.

 

Returns Process Management (RPM):

Rule-driven support of a variety of configurable workflows to optimally process returns from diverse channels. Piece-level tracking features enable comprehensive track and trace capability throughout the supply chain. Real-time visibility and rule-based capabilities dynamically evaluates return product attributes and condition to determine disposition and destination.

Contract Logistics

World-class logistics performance

Third-party logistics providers (3PLs) of all kinds need flexible customer operations. Solutions for warehouse management, distribution and billing must handle complex supply chain processes across multiple vertical industries. Softeon supply chain solutions manage multiple clients in one warehouse or across many in a dynamic, scalable framework that quickly onboards new clients.

 

Customer Accounting
Billing Management
Budgeting Tool
P&L Tool
Sales Toolkit
Cost Modeling
Demo Tool
B2C Enhanced
Order Sourcing
Enhanced Packaging
Rating Integration

Bottom-line performance for 3PLs

Softeon’s web-based solutions create end-to-end supply chain visibility and support partner collaboration with vendors, carriers and customers. Powerful end-to-end supply chain execution capabilities with advanced functionality across order management, distribution and transportation processes improve 3PL operations for virtually any customer segment. Only a browser is required at the individual location level to manage transactions and day-to-day operations, including:

Warehouse Management

  • Plan customer-specific allocation strategies to match supply and demand with advanced wave planning and order fulfillment capabilities
  • Support multiple picking strategies, cross docking and transloading to improve productivity and reduce costs
  • Monitor and manage inventory turns of customer SKUs to control cost and improve operational margins

Product Management and Fulfillment

  • Customer and supplier access to a toolset that allows input of ASNs, vendor managed inventory (VMI) programs and ownership transfer information.
  • Segment operations at the client or job level with in-line slotting and simulation tools and powerful rules-based putaway, replenishment and cycle-count functionality
  • Powerful batch management, lot and serial number tracking for complete track and trace capability across the supply chain

Value-Added Services

  • Track and manage warehouse activity and value-added services (VAS) with a powerful client billing module featuring advanced activity-based costing
  • Advanced capabilities for contract manufacturing: VMI as well as assembly and kitting functionality with real-time pulls and data feeds from ERP systems to trigger the right pick strategy of components

Agile 3PL customer operations with Softeon Technology

Softeon solutions allow 3PLs to centralize the management of multiple clients and locations with the flexibility of distributed solution deployments. 3PLs achieve quick integration across multiple systems and integration methods with Softeon technology including:

  • All industry-standard integration protocols such as EDI, ASN and inbound and outbound e-commerce transactions
  • Internal and external systems, including large ERP environments
  • Technical foundation reduces cost and risk of integration

Softeon 3PL Core Modules

Learn more about how Softeon supply chain solutions lead the way for excellence in 3PL operational performance:

Warehouse Management System (WMS):

Superior flexibility for multi-site and multi-tenant requirements with options to activate functions applicable to a tenant. All contract logistics activities are captured with its context to support billing. Simple to complex operations can be co-mingled on the same site to optimize assets and resource usage.

 

Billing Management System (BMS):

A comprehensive rule-based costing and billing module that supports even the most creative sales contracts. Supports multi-level invoicing at a customer, division and project level.

 

Order Management System (OMS):

Manages multi-channel order demand, pricing, promotions and allocation rules to optimally meet customer order fulfillment SLAs. Flexible interface to accept orders from various channels with comprehensive order-to-delivery visibility.

 

Yard Management System (YMS):

Accurate and efficient tracking and management of trailers and containers in shipping yard. Schedule appointments, trailer check-in and audit, age-analysis and check-out functionality. The graphical yard viewing tool provides easy and complete visibility of yard.

 

WMS Cloud:

Offers a cloud-enabled self service platform to rapidly on-board new customers and sites, available for customer hosting or hosted by Softeon in the cloud. Designed primarily for small and medium businesses (SMBs), to support multi-tier warehouse landscapes. Common technology, based on component-based architecture, offers ability to seamlessly grow into Softeon WMS Enterprise.

 

Softeon 3PL Solutions

Softeon 3PL solutions are tailored to the specific needs of 3PLs with rich functionality and unique capabilities that accelerate implementation, reduce costs and maximize ROI.

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Retail + Omnichannel

High-performance throughput delivers the goods

Distributing consumer and retail goods is a tightrope act of managing the product pipeline, receiving and shipping proliferating numbers of SKUs. Adherence to compliance – whether regulatory requirements, label compliance or meeting SLAs with retailers – requires constant vigilance. High volumes are received and pallets, cases or SKUs must be picked – all within short windows – via material handling equipment (MHE) or non-MHE managed pick routes.

Whether you support grocery, e-commerce or traditional retailers, Softeon supply chain management solutions expertly handle the complexity of consumer goods receiving, including flow through and cross docking, as well as order processing in large distribution environments. Softeon solutions tackle myriad challenges of distribution and transportation planning including customer shipping preferences (same day air, UPS ground or preferred LTL or TL carriers), order consolidation, distributed order management (DOM) and routing to customer hubs/DCs, direct-to-store or consumer direct deliveries.

Retail high-volume support for the warehouse

Advanced event and task management streamlines picking, replenishment, staging and other floor operations. With task optimization by type of zone, such as VNA (very narrow aisles) and coordination with replenishment operators and P&D zones, the right pallets are available at the right time in the most efficient travel path. Softeon equips consumer goods distributors with these capabilities:

  • Flexible order processing and pick techniques (piece pick, batch/cluster pick, case pick)
  • Dynamic slotting & optimization and warehouse simulation tools
  • Robust support for cross-docking and/or flow through
  • Pick by order, batching or consolidation based on different picking criteria for optimum wave planning
  • Built-in features enable easy generation of customer-specific compliance labels
  • Ad-hoc query generator allows generation of ad-hoc reports, queries and information retrieval
  • Portal capabilities allow real-time visibility to customers on a “need-to-know” basis defined by the security policies of the DC
  • Transportation management includes integration with small parcel shipments, external LTL, TL systems

Getting connected with Softeon next-gen solutions

Based on service-oriented architecture and completely web based, Softeon’s suite of supply chain solutions consistently produce results for consumer goods companies in the form of lower operating costs, improved throughput and greater productivity.

All Softeon industry solutions seamlessly support RF, Voice and RFID technologies. Integration is fast and easy with ERP systems, various equipment for multi-tasking, task interleaving and real-time connectivity to equipment such as conveyors, sorters, pick to light, put to light as well as CubiScan and other dimensioning and weighing systems.

Softeon Consumer Goods/Retail Core Modules

Softeon solutions deliver the goods with improved supply chain performance. Learn more:

Warehouse Management System (WMS):

Supports the multi-channel model (e-commerce, store shipments, etc.). Order fulfillment workflows can vary for each channel and WMS can be configured to direct the fulfillment activities appropriately. Seamlessly supports seasonal and promotional workflow activities. Based on demand, dynamic pick-lines can be created to optimize order fulfillment workflows.

 

Assembly & Kitting Management System (AMS):

Adaptable functions and components to support multi-channel requirements, such as build to order, serialized assembly, lot control, rework and refurbishment and other custom assembly of products. Seasonal and promotional services to auto-insert promotional items and packaging.

 

Order Management System (OMS):

Manages multi-channel order demand, pricing, promotions and allocation rules to optimally meet customer order fulfillment SLAs. Flexible interface to accept orders from various channels, provides comprehensive order-to-delivery visibility.

 

Resource Management System (RMS):

Powerful tools that enable you to control and optimize labor and equipment resources performance to reduce costs and minimize execution variability.

 

Transportation Management System (TMS):

Flexible functions to support optimal carrier and mode selection. Integrates with carriers via the web or EDI, provides complete shipment visibility, parcel manifesting, and generates carrier-compliant labels, shipment documents and export documents.

 

Yard Management System (YMS):

Accurate and efficient tracking and management of trailers and containers in shipping yard. Schedule appointments, trailer check-in and audit, age-analysis and check-out functionality. The graphical yard viewing tool provides easy and complete visibility of yard.

 

Distributed Order Management System (DOM):

An intelligent integration hub for order sourcing, routing and fulfillment. Accepts orders from multiple channels, evaluates rules to determine the best fulfillment strategy to increase supply network flexibility, efficiency and customer service.

 

Returns Process Management (RPM):

Rule-driven support of a variety of configurable workflows to optimally process returns from diverse channels. Piece-level tracking features enable comprehensive track and trace capability throughout the supply chain. Real-time visibility and rule-based capabilities dynamically evaluates return product attributes and condition to determine disposition and destination.

Softeon Retail Solutions

The rich functionality of Softeon retail solutions can be tailored to the specific needs of any retail scenario.

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