We’re pleased to announce the release of version 4.0.3 of OrderFlow, in which we’ve made improvements in a wide variety of areas, ranging from improved support for product lots and units of measure, through to enhanced warehouse management and courier integration.
Product lots and units of measure
In this release we have made significant further steps in our support for product lots and units of measure.
We’ve introduced end-to-end tracking of product lots through outbound processes, including picking, scan-to-pack and partial pack.
Using our import framework you can now insert or update existing product lots, as well as import a stock position that includes the product lot and unit of measure quantity for each product and location combination.
Similarly, it is now possible to add product lot and unit of measure specific stock entries through the desktop GUI.
We’ve introduced a clearer distinction between quarantine locations that are used only for goods-in and those used for other warehouse operations. The goods in locations used for this purpose are called inspection locations, and can be enabled through some minor configuration changes.
We have also created a new location dashboard which provides more useful location summary information.
We have also made some improvements to handheld warehouse processing.
With OrderFlow 4.0.3 it is now possible to offer alternative picking locations if the current location turns out to have stock missing. A stock correction will still be made in the current location but the change allows for less operational disruption when short picks take place.
It is now also possible to create licence plates using arbitrary labels, making it easier to reuse existing labelled pallets and other containers.
We’ve added refinements to the handheld task processing screens, eliminating unnecessary confirmation prompts and making it easier to select an alternative target location. Furthermore, we’ve made task short picking easier, creating a separate workflow to handle short picks, distinct from the one used when the current target picking cart is full.
We’ve also introduced a feature that allows you to automatically print batch paperwork after doing an initial batch pick but before adding shipments to a put wall. This will save time at the packing desk.
Courier integration and despatch
We’ve also made changes around courier integration. Our DPD API now supports electronic customs invoices for international shipments.
We’ve also taken advantage of some DHL Deutsche Post API changes to simplify our manifesting process for this integration, and we’ve refined our support for collection groups that allow for picking of certain shipments to be deferred to specific dates.
This refinement allows for specific dates in the future to be excluded in advance – for example, stopping shipments being deferred to a Bank Holiday Monday when the courier will not be collecting.