Prepare your warehouse and shop floor operations for a new era of productivity with the industry leading innovation of Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse (EMWW) – formally known as Epicor Mobile Warehouse – powered by Biscit.

Fast and Accurate Scanning

Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse is the next generation handheld application which is completely integrated with Kinetic. It offers a modern, intuitive user interface for warehouse and distribution functions.

Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse optimizes workflow for fast and accurate scanning, improves time to process transactions, increases accuracy, and reduces errors. It is compatible with the latest scanning devices running on Android® 6.0.1 or higher from Honeywell® and Zebra®. Simply download the application from the Google Play™ store into your device and start using it with minimal set up.

The only pre-requisites that exist for current and prospective customers to leverage Epicor Mfg Wireless Warehouse is an implemented Epicor® ERP 10.2.400 system or higher

Receiving

Provides complete functionality to process an inbound container or purchase order, as well as intercompany and transfer order receipts. It provides users with effective and efficient serial and lot processing and multiple UOM scanning. Users can search for all open PO’s for a part by scanning parts barcode.

Material Management

Provides core warehousing functions allowing users to initiate adjustments and movements from the warehouse floor. Offers an increased efficiency with cycle counts and stock takes. Enables efficient entry with automated workflows triggered by scan events.

Material Queue

Users can efficiently pick items assigned to their queue, grab items from the available queue, or return items back to the queue. Users can select an outbound order and select all material queue transactions related to the order, to the users’ queue. Advanced sort and filter functionality allows users to save to a named query and dynamically add to the sub menu. Unpicking sales or transfer orders functionality is also included.

Shipping

Scan pick validation option included. Process outbound shipments direct from the device. Functions include creating Master Packs and standard Pick Lists for customers not licensed for Advanced Material Management (AMM).

Trackers

Trackers help the shop/warehouse users in completing their daily routine.

Powered by BISCIT

Since its establishment in 2002, BISCIT has formed a strong relationship with Epicor and as a certified Partner are proud experts in delivering successful Kinetic projects Australia wide and overseas. BISCIT specializes in Kinetic services to deliver flexible, comprehensive and value-driven business solutions.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


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The pace of order fulfillment is growing every day, and sales are happening faster than ever. That’s why Epicor Quick Ship is becoming the preferred way to streamline shipping processes to better compete in today’s digital marketplace.

Epicor Quick Ship incorporates the Epicor Kinetic Design and Framework in a new web application. This delivers access to critical data for shipping and order fulfillment activities from anywhere. Quick Ship integrates seamlessly with your ERP to help you process shipping transactions quickly and efficiently.

When an order is pulled in to the Customer Shipment Entry screen, Quick Ship contacts the selected carrier—via web API and retrieves the appropriate freight charges and tracking information based on the size, weight, dimensions, number of packages, and destination zip code.

That information then automatically appears in your ERP system. This lets you process any shipment using any licensed carrier from the same screen—ensuring you never have to leave your ERP solution to initiate a shipment. By auto-populating all the necessary information, you can also eliminate manual errors associated with copying the data from the carrier to the ERP system. Quick Ship then prints the carrier label and any additional paperwork required for the shipment.

Quick Ship offers rate shopping at time of quote, order or shipment to keep shipping costs low for your customers and to drive new loyalty for your business. Closing the loop, the calculated freight automatically flows back to Epicor for automated invoicing of freight charges.

Epicor Quick Ship Requirements

As a product built for Epicor ERP and Prophet 21, Epicor Quick Ship comes with a few pre-requisites. For example, all environments implementing Epicor Quick Ship will need:

  • Epicor ERP release 10.1.500 or later
  • Packout Management

Epicor Quick Ship system requirements:

  • Windows 7 SPI (x86 and x64) and later
  • Windows Server 2012 and later
  • 300 MB of installed resources
  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • EPL or ZPL label printer
  • Laser Printer for forms

Epicor Quick Ship Benefits

The benefits that come with Epicor Quick Ship go beyond expedited processes and fewer errors associated with manual data entry. Epicor Quick Ship improves your bottom line performance, too. with spend reduction and better customer experiences, your business benefits greatly from this powerful tool. Epicor Quick Ship benefits include:

  • Reduce overall freight spend
  • Eliminate surcharges and fines
  • Streamline multiple tasks
  • Improved customer service
  • Easier on-boarding and training

Epicor Quick Ship Key Features

Epicor quick ship provides a bounty of functionality that drive value and improve operations. from automating manual tasks to easy rate shopping and import tools, Epicor Quick Ship comes equipped with everything a manufacturer or distributor needs to run a modern shipping department.

Epicor Quick Ship key features include:

  • Seamless Integration with Epicor ERP
  • Support for multiple carriers/account numbers in one system
  • Rate Shopping (ability to compare real time rates from carriers in one screen)
  • Data Mapping Tool
  • Bill of Lading Generation
  • Automated blind shipping
  • Automated email notification
  • Automated hazmat paperwork
  • Best way and routing guide
  • Configurable handling fees by customer or facility
  • Consolidated Shipments
  • EEI/ACE integration
  • HazMat paperwork
  • International shipments and documentation
  • Miscellaneous shipments
  • Postal shipping with Endicia
  • Print or email return labels
  • Rate Import Tool for Custom Carriers
  • Rate shopping
  • Support for non-U.S. origins in a single server deployment
  • Transfer orders

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Storage, as it relates to inventory management is exactly what the name suggests—the way goods, components, and materials are stored in a warehouse before moving to the next step in a manufacturing process or awaiting purchase.

The way in which your inventory is stored will depend on several factors, such as budget, risk of spoilage, toxicity, weight, and dimensions. Not only this, but your method of inventory management will no doubt influence how your goods are stored in the warehouse.

Why Your Storage Method Is Important

It may go without saying that if you are a distributor of dairy products, it would be a good idea to store your inventory in a consistently cold environment. This will ensure your goods won’t spoil overnight.

Chemicals and other hazardous materials have their own set of storage requirements according to safety standards. Those might require the materials to be held in a specific container type, humidity level, behind locked entry or exit points, and various other safeguards.

These are examples you might consider to be generally obvious. However, the way in which you store your inventory can impact your operations significantly.

Don’t want to tuck away completed orders in a far corner of your facility if they’re to be shipped out the next day. Don’t mix unlike items in racks or bins. And don’t store items in out of reach places if you don’t have the means to retrieve them later easily. There’s a reason most goods are kept at a height that staff can reach with both feet on the ground–Safety. For everything else, there’s a forklift.

What I’m getting at is the idea that there is good reasoning for storing items one way or another depending on size, frequency of access, and other unique factors.

Sound storage methodology also makes it easier on your staff when the annual full physical inventory needs to be carried out or more frequent cycle counting. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by considering these activities when planning your inventory storage system.

How Warehouse Layout And Design Impact Storage

Initially, a business interested in better storage techniques for inventory management needs to complete a few crucial processes to maximize efficiency. Namely, how to the facility housing the inventory will be arranged and navigated.

First, it is important to have concrete objectives towards your organization’s goals for warehousing. This will govern your overall design strategy and serve as the foundation for how efficient your organization’s warehouse management is or is not. For example, for a new facility design process, an organization may:

  • Consult your local building codes to coincide with your design plans.
  • Consult department heads, managers, and staff who will conduct activities in the facility.
  • Consider investing in a Warehouse Management System (WMS)
  • Build a blueprint or schematic of the physical layout
  • Build a process map for day-to-day operations
  • Use the two items above to determine potential bottlenecks or production impediments
  • Consider additional schematics for future buildouts and expansions to accommodate future growth.

This, of course, is a rudimentary set of initial steps in the design process. There will be many more factors to consider and the steps will change from organization to organization as well as from new design to redesign of existing facilities. These steps serve to give a simple idea of where to begin.

Second, you need to know what moves. That is, your business needs to know exactly what inventory in your facility is utilized in production or sold most often. Using sales data, you can rank inventory based on volume and how often it is utilized. Use this information to work from the back to the front, with your most mobile inventory remaining at the forefront of your facility. Maintaining your most popular inventory in a position close to shipping and receiving minimizes time in retrieval.

Third, you should map your facility. By ensuring your staff knows where items reside and their current quantity at any given time, you minimize time wasted looking for lost, misplaced, or miscategorized inventory. This brings up another important topic, labelling. However, that inventory management concept is covered in-depth in our article on scanning, barcoding, lot tracking, and serial numbering.

How Businesses Use Storage To Manage Warehouse Inventory

We touched on a few obvious use cases for specific storage methods in the sections above, but there are many ways to control inventory so that it is neat, known, and nearby. Some of these concepts include:

Block Stacking – Block Stacking can be something as basic as pallets of inventory resting directly on the floor of your warehouse or other facilities. It’s a cheap method of storage as it doesn’t require any additional equipment to organize material, beyond perhaps a forklift. If you are stacking pallets on top of one another, you must be certain the items serving as the foundation can handle the weight of the goods to be placed above them.

One drawback of Block Stacking is that these pallets can expand into a sprawling maze of obstacles. If a forklift needs to retrieve or access a pallet at the center of the arrangement or bottom of a stack for one reason or another, it may take a significant amount of time to complete the task. The issues could be compounded if pallets contain mixed arrangements of goods or components. Your staff may have to sift through potentially hundreds of boxes to locate the correct parts for an assembly or customer order. This method of storage works best for any inventory that moves quickly, either through use or sales.

Racks – Racks serve as a storage method that delivers the support and convenience that Block Stacking lacks. You can arrange aisles in your warehouse that can be easily navigated by foot or forklift to retrieve items that are conveniently separated on rack shelves. Racks are part of complex and dynamic warehouse management methodologies like Last-In, First-Out, and First-In, First-Out.

Shelves and Bins – as their name implies, shelves and bins serve to be filled. They can be stationary, mobile, and modular depending on the use case. These inventory storage units can be placed on track systems that slide or act as carousels for easy access and eliminate the need to retrieve goods from multiple areas of a warehouse facility. That said, Shelf and Bin storage generally offers limited space to house items and works best with small quantities.

Central Storage – Central Storage refers to a fixed location for any inventory that operators and users can reliably reference and interact with when retrieving or storing inventory. It is a dedicated space, like a warehouse or facility partition reserved exclusively for inventory.

Point-of-Use Storage – Point-Of-Use Storage refers to storage practices utilized during repetitive production processes. Namely, those associated with Just-In-Time manufacturing. In this case, each operator’s or user’s station retains the inventory necessary to complete their specific operation or production activities. This storage method emerges when there is no need for dedicated, central storage.

Dry Storage – Dry Storage is a storage method used to maintain the environment around perishable or dry goods that would otherwise spoil when exposed to elevated temperatures, humidity, light, and generally unsanitary conditions. Beyond maintaining tight control on these environmental factors, it is important to label and secure goods in Dry Storage to prevent the effect of spoilage spreading to other inventory or inviting rodents and other pests into the facility.

Cold Storage – Cold Storage, like dry storage, is generally reserved for inventory whose environment needs to be heavily controlled. These controls are in place both for safety and to preserve inventory quality. Examples include freezers, refrigerators, and coolers that house produce, dairy products, beverages, and dough products.

Hazardous Materials Storage – Hazardous materials storage is a unique storage category with multiple levels of requirements that go well beyond what the standard facility may be expected to meet. Such items need to be labelled and handled appropriately or the facility will face steep fines and potential legal recourse. This includes conforming to the appropriate initial containment, secondary containment, and defined exposure safeguards. Some storage requirements you may encounter when working with hazardous chemicals include:

  • Storing like chemicals together and away from chemicals that might cause a reaction if mixed
  • All chemicals should be labelled and dated.
  • Flammable materials should be stored in approved, dedicated, flammable materials storage cabinet.
  • Liquids should be stored in unbreakable or double-contained packaging or storage cabinet should have the capacity to hold the contents if the container breaks.
  • No flames or hot work in or around inflammable/combustible storage area.
  • Respirator and skin covering requirements.

Consult the OSHA guidelines for hazardous chemicals storage to ensure compliance.

This covers some of the more prevalent storage methods relating to inventory management. For more information on Warehouse Management and Inventory Management relating to storage concepts, contact us using the link below.

About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.


Bezlio Interface Enhancements For Epicor ERP

With 6 facilities and over 300 manufacturing employees, the sheer cost of licensing and hardware, as well as the volume of transactions recorded on the shop floor, presented a challenge for Mickey Truck Bodies (Mickey), but Encompass had the perfect solution to enhance their Epicor system: Bezlio! The unique Bezlio interface offers a flexible enhancement to Epicor using “Bezls” that provide the ability to add key features without significant expense. In addition, they are able to use the Bezls from anywhere in their shop, even where WiFi may be spotty.

Bezlio Interface enhancements classify as killer tools when coupled with Epicor ERP

Mickey manufactures all-aluminum beverage bodies and beverage trailers, dry freight, and refrigerated van bodies, emergency vehicles and specially engineered equipment for customers throughout the U.S. and more than 50 other countries. The company operates a national network of full-service Reconditioning/Service Centers and a complete Parts Shop with genuine Mickey Parts as well as parts for most competitive makes and models.

Bezlio Interface: Real-Time Inventory Transfer App

To increase efficiency, Mickey desired an inventory transfer solution to enable users to issue multiple materials to a job from mobile devices. The user begins the process by entering their employee ID, and then inputs the job and optionally the assembly/operation. A list of buttons is presented per the material requirements. Inventory on hand is displayed, and the user can tap or scan the barcode of the warehouse/bin they wish to pull from, indicate the quantity, and move on to the next material. When all inventory selections are specified, the user clicks the ‘Issue Materials’ button, and all transactions are processed in real time.   

Bezlio Interface: Production Labor Transactions On Mobile Devices

The design of the Bezlio interface provides the ability to track production transactions from mobile devices. Users can clock in, clock out, start/stop production activities, and start/stop indirect activities. The end activity screen for production activities allows for the input of completed quantities as well as scrap. When clocked into a production activity with attachments defined at the job level, such as an Assembly Guide, they are presented as buttons that can be tapped to display in a built-in PDF viewer.

Bezlio is a cost-effective solution for using mobile devices to efficiently capture and record shop floor data in real-time. Because Mickey has multiple facilities utilizing Epicor, there is a huge saving on MES user licenses and workstation hardware costs, estimating between $80,000 – $90,000. In addition, transactions from all locations are streamlined and controlled, making data entry and collection easier while simultaneously enforcing critical business rules.

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About Encompass Solutions

Encompass Solutions is a business and software consulting firm that specializes in ERP systems, EDI, and Managed Services support for Manufacturers and Distributors. Serving small and medium-sized businesses since 2001, Encompass modernizes operations and automates processes for hundreds of customers across the globe. Whether undertaking full-scale implementation, integration, and renovation of existing systems, Encompass provides a specialized approach to every client’s needs. By identifying customer requirements and addressing them with the right solutions, we ensure our clients are equipped to match the pace of Industry.