Supply Chain Execution

Softeon provides a full portfolio of powerful and integrated supply chain execution solutions, anchored by our Warehouse Management and Distributed Order Management solutions, but stretching far beyond that to solve almost any logistics and fulfillment challenge.

Our additional SCE solutions include Labor and Resource Management, Slotting Optimization, Yard Management, 3PL Billing, Assembly and Kitting, Transportation, Parcel Management, Freight Pay and Audit and more – each with a variety of unique and innovative capabilities, with out-of-the-box integration and workflow across the entire suite.

No WMS vendor in the market offers the breadth and depth of SCE solutions that Softeon provides, all develop in-house, on our advanced Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) technology platform that provides unmatched flexibility initially and over time.

Learn more today, and browse summary descriptions of our SOA solutions below:

Warehouse Management for the Agile Supply Chain

Next-generation platform enabling supply chain convergence

Warehouse management systems (WMS) control inventory and distribution, the heart of the supply chain. But warehouse operations require deep functionality to enable partner collaboration and flexible, global supply chains. Core warehouse functions like inbound receiving, putaway, picking, shipping, loading and replenishment need to coordinate with other supply chain processes like distributed order management, web fulfillment and vendor managed inventory.

Softeon WMS provides more than just real-time control over inbound, outbound and inventory management processes. The highly-configurable system adapts with your warehouse operations to streamline end-to-end supply chain execution processes. Consider these benefits with Softeon next-gen WMS technology:

  • Completely web-native system that simplifies the user experience and reduces the cost and complexity of implementation and the need for ongoing support
  • Component-based technology and service-oriented architecture eliminates costly software integration and customization
  • Highly scalable architecture with proven ability to process high volumes of orders across complex operations

Core and extended WMS functions support supply chain convergence

With Softeon WMS, more is possible within the four walls of your warehouse and beyond. The best-of-breed WMS solution provides all the expected functionality of a WMS with the potential to enhance your warehouse operations with extended WMS functionality, including these features:

  • Complex inventory management capabilities including advanced cross docking and deep functionality for lot/batch control, expiration data management as well as serial number capture and management
  • Powerful wave management capabilities with complete execution control over order release and completion within the distribution center
  • Advanced task management and productivity tracking
  • Native graphical warehouse simulation and visibility capability to enable managers to evaluate the cost and effect of operating tives using their own data at any point in operating history
  • Proven capability for comprehensive, seamless integration to material handling automation systems

Softeon Warehouse Management System

Softeon Warehouse Management System:  Advanced Technology for the Modern Warehouse

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Softeon modular solutions move the supply chain forward

Softeon’s modular approach to its suite of supply chain planning and execution solutions and strong technical foundation allows you to easily integrate and operate other supply chain management solutions with WMS. Whether you choose a stand-alone system like Softeon’s robust WMS or start with another Softeon solution or any other industry solution, Softeon has you covered with the ability to add modules at any time.

Discover how Softeon WMS delivers the true the Softeon Advantage for higher levels of productivity, reduced operational costs and improved customer service.

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Distributed Order Management

Intelligent hub for order sourcing, routing and fulfillment

Superior customer fulfillment with Softeon Distributed Order Management

Distributed Order Management (DOM) systems have become critical to supply chain execution, notably in omnichannel fulfillment but in many additional applications as well.

DOM can be used to automate, optimize and orchestrate order fulfillment processes, based on granular visibility to orders, inventory, service requirements, costs and constraints. 

Softeon provides a feature-rich DOM solutions that supports a number of use cases, both within omnichannel and beyond.

In omnichannel fulfillment, for example, companies use Softeon DOM to enable new processes (such as order on-line, pick-up in store, or support for new consumer “points of interaction”) without changing existing systems. It is also used to determine optimal order sourcing across the network based on advanced rules for how to run the business.

But Softeon’s DOM solution provides a solution for many other scenarios, including centralized “order hub” functionality for manufacturers and wholesalers, managing client process requirements for 3PLs, optimizing the inbound flow of goods, and much more.

DOM delivers significant value for many companies on its own, but increasingly we see requirements for an integrated DOM-WMS solutions. Softeon is a market leader in joint DOM-WMS deployment.

Example Softeon customer DOM applications:

  • Duluth Trading Co. has successfully implemented Softeon DOM (and WMS) to drive fulfillment excellence as it moved from on-line only to a network of dozens of physical stores that also do order fulfillment. Softeon’s solution also manages the store-fulfillment process and returns.
  • Sears Home Services uses Softeon DOM and WMS to manage repairs parts inventory and fulfillment in a four-echelon network – from master DCs to a technician’s van – as well as reverse logistics to optimize the process of returning parts for restocking, scrapping, or repair.
  • A leading consumer goods company is using Softeon DOM and traditional order management solution for a true enterprise order management, including extensive use of drop shipping from hundreds of vendors.
  • Sony DADC – a 3PL for the entertainment media sector (DVDs, CDs, etc.) – uses Softeon DOM to manage complex customer requirements, reducing on-boarding time from many months previously to now just a matter of a few days.
  • A leading on-line pharmacy is implementing Softeon DOM and WMS to deliver granular, real-time visibility to inventory across a complex network, including in-transit inventories. This will enable a much more responsive fulfillment model.

Benefit from Softeon’s DOM Solution:

  • Automate many existing manual processes
  • Enable new omnichannel processes without changing existing systems
  • Achieve granular real-time visibility across an extended network
  • Increased on-time and complete deliveries
  • Minimize order fulfillment costs and reduce end-to-end cycle times
  • Reduce inventory levels

Softeon Distributed Order Management

Softeon Distributed Order Management (DOM) is an intelligent hub that orchestrates orders between vendors, suppliers and customers at a high level and evaluates fulfillment options to determine an optimal fulfillment strategy.

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Order Management

Manage multi channel demand, pricing, promotions and customer service

As the gateway to the supply chain, order management must be automated and integrated with business processes. Order management systems (OMS) enhance inventory control and end-to-end supply chain efficiencies. Softeon OMS provides complete control of every stage of the order process, including order entry and fulfillment, pricing and promotion, credit processing and shipment invoicing.

With an intuitive user interface designed for maximum productivity, Softeon OMS empowers users to provide outstanding customer service. Like all Softeon supply chain management solutions, OMS is web native, meaning it easily supports remote customer service agents and call centers. Highly scalable, Softeon OMS handles transaction volumes for even the largest organizations, across industries and partners, including financial services, retail, automotive and service parts.

Softeon OMS offers unmatched functionality to manage customer-specific pricing, rebates and promotions, substitutions, replenishment from vendors, SKU bundling and more.

Key features include:

  • Extensive order life-cycle visibility and capability to coordinate cross-channel selling and order fulfillment processes
  • Powerful rules engine including highly-configurable inventory allocation rules and flexible rule-based pricing, discounts and promotion models
  • Seamless integration with warehouse and transportation management systems to drive supply chain efficiencies and improve customer service
  • EDI, tax and accounting interface
  • Remote order entry via the web
  • Configurable credit hold/release process and full invoicing including credit and adjustment invoices
  • Order consolidation and automated order dropping
  • Sales and billing analysis reporting

Softeon Order Management

Softeon Order Management manages every stage of the order process, including order entry, pricing and promotion, credit processing, shipment invoicing and audits.

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Extending the view of order management with Softeon next-gen solutions

Softeon’s service-oriented architecture facilitates integration of OMS with sales channels, partners and disparate systems to improve customer service, inventory control and warehouse operations. The OMS module can be installed as a stand-alone solution or with any combination of other system modules. Whether you use OMS with your own WMS or Softeon’s industry-leading WMS solutions, improved inventory accuracy and order fulfillment benefit the customer and the bottom line.

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Resource Management

Labor management made simple

Managing labor and equipment resources in distribution has never been more important to reduce costs and minimize execution variability. Softeon’s Resource Management System (RMS) module provides powerful tools that enable you control and optimize performance of these critical distribution resources.

Softeon RMS allows managers to plan the need for labor resources based on actual work, determine which orders can be released and where labor is needed, and monitor pending overtime conditions. The solution fully supports engineered standards and provides robust labor reporting capabilities at multiple levels, which can help increase labor productivity by 10%-30%. Softeon RMS also supports incentive-based pay.

Unique in the market, Softeon RMS includes a “what if” analysis tool that allows companies to determine the effectiveness of making changes in operational strategies, warehouse layouts, picking methodologies, etc., using actual operating data from any point in time.

Softeon Resource Management

Softeon Resource Management provides powerful tools to plan the need for labor resources based on actual work, determine which orders can be released and where labor is needed, and monitor pending overtime conditions.

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Key features of the Softeon RMS module include:

  • Detailed labor reporting
  • Support for engineered labor standards
  • Labor planning
  • Task and activity definition
  • Task time and cost definition
  • Resource allocation and tracking
  • Real-time resource activity visibility
  • Unique “What if” analysis that enables simulation of the impact of software and operation changes
  • Track the time needed for various tasks (gauging productivity)
  • Resource cost estimation (including overtime)
  • Actual vs. plan analysis

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Reverse Logistics

Fast receipt for rapid reuse and disposal of products

Returns processing or Returns Process Management (RPM) can suck profits right out of the supply chain. Multiple factors including shipping errors, product recalls or damages in transit cause returns that many suppliers, distributors or manufacturers are forced to keep. Other returns may be refused and returned to the customer or may be returned because they were not sold. Some returns may require a return merchandise authorization (RMA) while others may be returned on a blind (also called blanket) authorization.

Direct Store Delivery

Advanced mobile technology brings accuracy and efficiencies in delivery

In the battle against rising delivery costs, routes and deliveries must run with military precision. Direct store delivery (DSD) calls for automation where load planning, pre-sold and peddle (driver sold) routes and driver settlement processes are synced with warehousing and accounting functions. Softeon DSD supports pre-sales and peddle sales operations.

Transportation Management

Efficient transportation planning and execution

Transportation procurement, planning, execution and freight auditing is no easy task given today’s global supply chains. Streamlining inbound and outbound logistics while monitoring contract compliance and keeping up with carrier capacity constraints and rate changes are daunting tasks. Softeon’s powerful transportation management system (TMS) offers full functionality to address these issues.

Billing Management + FAP

Activity-based costing and billing for increased profitability

Logistics service providers, whether 3PLs or in-house providers, need to accurately track billable services and costs. You need a billing management system (BMS) to capture client activities and costs at multiple levels and across multiple costing models. Softeon BMS is a powerful billing engine and activity-based costing solution that supports complex billing rules, rate structures and cost elements of logistics services.

Assembly & Kitting

Optimized product structure for planning, assembly and value-added services

Global manufacturing requires multiple versions of products with multi-level bill of materials support. Tight inventories and cost control means there’s no margin for error with assembly, kitting and reverse flows. Softeon’s AMS solution leads the way with an advanced materials requirement planning tool for assembly and kitting, facilitating the integration of distribution and manufacturing processes.

Route Accounting

State-of-the-art route-based sales and accounting to improve order fulfillment

Route Accounting Software Links Financials with Warehouse and Delivery

Outdated route accounting software can fail beverage distributors by hurting the bottom line. Without end-to-end integration, sales order and inventory management processes fall victim to time consuming, error-prone orders and invoicing. Route accounting systems (RAS) need to coordinate across warehouse, inventory and sales processes to provide upstream visibility to enterprise-level accounting functions and suppliers.

Softeon RAS supports Direct Store Delivery (DSD) networks

Softeon RAS combines sales order and inventory management, financial accounting and route reconciliation into a single real-time, enterprise wide application to drive operating efficiencies. The solution integrates seamlessly with Softeon WMS for complete process flow and visibility into floor operations all the way to route accounting at the enterprise level.

Softeon RAS enables real-time transaction-based inventory management across all warehouse locations for tightened inventory control and faster route reconciliation. To address the gaps which cause order inefficiencies and errors that bog order-to-cash cycles, the solution offers optional built-in Softeon financial solutions for Accounts Receivable (A/R), Accounts Payable (A/P) and General Ledger (G/L), or integration with your own external accounting systems such as MAS 90/200/500, Microsoft Dynamics and Quick Books.

In addition, the RAS solution:

  • Manages product mixes for all kinds of beverages with separate invoice types by product mix
  • Uses dashboards to push out KPIs and other metrics from the desktop to handheld, smart phones and other web-based mobile devices
  • Provides real-time operational visibility of the warehouse floor to supervisors and managers
  • Unified Master Data Management (MDM) capabilities include:
    • entering data once for each location or company
    • validation with Anheuser-Busch (ABI) BudNet and other brewery networks
    • mass updates
    • ability to move customer history from locations
  • Seamless integration with WMS systems, backend accounting systems and supplier systems including:
    • ABI BudNet- ABI Mobility, including latest versions and all other mobility interfaces
    • Softeon DSD- Softeon TPM (Truck Planning Module)
    • UPS Logistics- ASN, EDI and other interfaces

Softeon Route Accounting

Softeon’s RAS is built around the entire delivery process — order, delivery and accounting — and continues to evolve, setting the standard for the beverage industry with more advanced features, mobile tools, business analytics and delivery methods.

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Beverage distributors increase sales volumes and revenues with Softeon technology

In the beverage world, mergers and acquisitions are common and so is the need to upgrade systems. Based on service-oriented architecture, Softeon next-gen supply chain management solutions allow distributors to stay ahead of changes in business processes and systems. Softeon RAS offers:

  • Single Instance of RAS application framework supports varied business models:-
    • one company, multiple warehouses
    • multi-company, multiple warehouses and separate wholesaler numbers
    • separate business calendars by location
  • Proven migration methodology to a completely web-based platform ensures distributor success

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