Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in retail often face difficulties managing their stock rooms and warehouses, with inventory tracking a significant challenge. Issues they encounter include:
- Lack of real-time visibility: Many SMBs still rely on manual tracking methods like spreadsheets, leading to inaccuracies and limited visibility into their inventory levels.
- Difficulty forecasting demand: SMBs often struggle to predict product demand, resulting in stockouts or overstocks.
- Seasonal fluctuations: Managing inventory during seasonal surges in demand can be challenging for SMBs.
- Inefficient processes: Manual inventory tracking methods are time-consuming, labor-intensive, and prone to errors.
These challenges can lead to stockouts, overstocks, and lost sales, impacting businesses negatively.
Dynamics 365 Business Central: A Comprehensive Solution
Dynamics 365 Business Central is an all-in-one, cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed specifically for SMBs seeking to streamline their operations and drive growth. Business Central empowers SMBs by unifying core business functions such as finance, sales, customer service, project management, and supply chain management.
The robust platform not only helps businesses to gain real-time visibility into their operations, but also enables them to make data-driven decisions, improve productivity, and adapt to ever-changing market demands. For those managing inventory, core Business Central features include:
- Robust inventory tracking features: Business Central provides real-time visibility into inventory levels, advanced inventory management tools, and detailed tracking options.
- Integrated business tools: This comprehensive solution covers all aspects of business operations, such as finance, sales, purchasing, and project management.
- Flexible deployment options: SMBs can choose between on-premise or cloud-based deployment, offering scalability, accessibility, and enhanced security.
Using Business Central, SMBs can streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve productivity while enjoying real-time insights, reduced manual data entry errors, scalability, and customizable features.
WMS Express: Streamlining Inventory Tracking
SMBs will benefit from using WMS Express app for Business Central due to its ability to streamline warehouse operations, improve efficiency, and reduce errors. As a free app offers seamless integration and support for a wide range of devices. With mobile device integration and barcode scanning capabilities, WMS Express saves time and increases accuracy in managing various warehouse tasks.
WMS Express from Insight Works helps SMBs streamline inventory tracking, offering:
- Seamless integration with Business Central, ensuring smooth data flow and synchronization between the warehouse and the ERP system.
- Mobile device integration, enabling warehouse staff to access real-time inventory data, manage tasks, and perform transactions on the go.
- Barcode scanning support for both 1D and 2D barcodes, which accelerates inventory tracking, minimizes manual data entry, and reduces the likelihood of errors.
- Tailored options for different business needs, allowing SMBs to select the version of WMS Express that best suits their specific warehouse operations and requirements.
- Compatibility with a wide range of hardware, offering flexibility in device choice and allowing SMBs to leverage existing equipment or select new devices that fit their budget and operational needs.
- Streamlined warehouse processes, such as inventory put-aways, picks, and warehouse document management, which help optimize efficiency and productivity in the warehouse.
By leveraging WMS Express, SMBs can better manage their inventory, improve warehouse operations, and ultimately save time and resources, allowing them to focus on growing their business.
Selecting the Right Mobile Device for Barcode Scanning
Embarking on the journey of incorporating mobile computers into your SMB may seem daunting at first, but rest assured that getting started is easier than you might imagine. As technology continues to advance, setting up and using mobile computers has become increasingly user-friendly, and the benefits they bring to businesses of all sizes are undeniable. Consider the following factors:
- Ruggedness: Evaluate the device’s durability based on the working environment.
- Drop resistance: Higher drop spec devices are more rugged and suitable for busy warehouses.
- IP rating: Choose a device with an IP rating for environments with dust, moisture, or freezing temperatures.
- Scan range: Consider the distance from which you’ll need to scan barcodes.
- Camera: Built-in cameras can be useful for documenting damaged shipments and other documentation purposes.
- Form factor: Consider physical properties like a keypad, pistol grip, or wearable device.
- Price: Invest in a device with the necessary features rather than a cheaper, inadequate option.
While smartphones may seem like a convenient solution for barcode scanning in a warehouse, they often fall short in terms of efficiency and reliability. Smartphones lack the robust scanning capabilities, durability, and battery life required to meet the demanding needs of a warehouse environment. Investing in dedicated barcode scanning devices is a smarter choice for ensuring smooth and efficient warehouse operations.
Partner with a Microsoft Partner for Business Central and WMS Express Deployment
Engaging Microsoft Partners like AfterDark Technology to deploy Business Central and WMS Express provides SMBs with valuable expertise for smooth implementation and tailored solutions. This partnership accelerates ROI, reduces risk, and ensures ongoing support, helping SMBs achieve long-term success more efficiently. AfterDark provides:
- Expertise and experience: In-depth knowledge and experience deploying Business Central and WMS Express.
- Customization: Tailoring Business Central and WMS Express to meet specific business needs.
- Ongoing support: Assistance with updates, maintenance, and troubleshooting
- Training and education: On-site training, online resources, and workshops to maximize software investment.
- Access to new features and upgrades: Stay up to date with the latest technology and functionality to maintain a competitive edge.
Getting Started with Dynamics 365 Business Central and WMS Express
To begin, set up a free trial account for Business Central on Microsoft’s website. Install WMS Express from AppSource and start using it right away. Use a mobile device with a built-in barcode scanner for optimal results or download the WMS Express app on your smartphone.
Dynamics 365 Business Central and WMS Express can help SMBs overcome inventory tracking challenges and streamline their operations. To learn more, check out the video below.Contact Us