How to Streamline Inbound and Outbound Logistics with Microsoft Dynamics 365?

Transportation is one of the most flourishing businesses globally. Imagine a world without logistics? How would a manufacturer supply product to the retailer and top it off how would he access raw material for production anyway? Logistics plays a vital role in the supply chain. If managed properly, it can tremendously help cut costs and add to your profit margin. Dynamics 365 for Transport is the best Transport Management Software which can help in this case.

If you also face challenges in managing transportation and logistics, Dynamics 365 for Transport can give you a hand. It helps provide more competitive offers for your freight forwarding services.  

Receiving material from the supplier and delivering the finished product/ end product to the customer are different things: inbound and outbound. Both need to be managed optimally. Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management helps manage warehouse processes in manufacturing, retail industries, and distribution.  

There are three mediums for freight forwarding i.e., by the ocean, ground, and air. And they are come various challenges that include but are not limited to:  

  • Excessive transportation costs 
  • Inefficiency with providing visibility to the customer  
  • Dealing with driver shortages  
  • Finding the shortest route possible   
  • Inability to achieve sustainability  
  • Complying with government regulations 
  • Improving Coordination with the supplier and partner   
  • Finding a technology that streamlines logistics processes 

What is Inbound logistics? 

Inbound logistics is responsible for organizing material and information flow in a company. It controls the asset movement within a warehouse and also the stock control. It includes:  

  • Inbound transportation 
  • Inventory 
  • Procurement and purchasing of raw material 
  • Storage  
  • Packaging  

What is Outbound? 

Outbound logistics refers to the network used by businesses to bring their products to their customers. In simple words, logistics that link between a business’s finished products and their customers are outbound. It includes:  

  • Storage  
  • Inventory Management 
  • Transportation  
  • Last-Mile Delivery  

How does Microsoft Dynamics 365 Help Streaming Inbound and Outbound logistics? 

Having effective supply chain management is crucial as managing logistics without suitable technology can be a pain. D365 offers ERP for Logistics Operations, a single solution that streamlines Transportation planning, rating, execution, routing, freight reconciliation, settlement, and financials across the organization and transportation providers. Some of the services it offers include but is not limited to:   

Services to Inbound Logistics  

Quality Check: With this feature, one can quickly check the product quality, right when it is received, to the inbound dock area.  

Put Away Cluster:  One can pick distinct license plates at once and take them for a put away to distinct locations. This is especially useful for retailers, where many license plates are not complete pallets of inventory.  

Packaging Product Dimensions: One can have various sets of dimensions for when an item is being stored in a warehouse, then packed into a box for packaging and packed into a box with more of itself (nested packing).  

Location Utilization: This is a tool that allows warehouse managers to easily view and filter the volumetric utilization of resources throughout the warehouse.  

Flexible Warehouse-level Dimension Reservation: This feature introduces more elasticity in the inventory reservation policy and enables businesses who run their logistics as WMS-enabled operations as-well-as, sell batch-tracked products, to register special requests by customers for specific batches on sales orders.  

Services to Outbound Logistics 

Small Packaging Shipping: Small packaging shipping adds functionality for setting up carrier login credentials, charging freight from customer’s third-party accounts, printing labels received back from the carrier web services, additional freight accessorial delivery types, and additional freight terms.  

System-Directed Work Sequencing: this feature decides on the work orders that are to be presented in front of the customers.  

Wave Load Building: The user can assign the shipment to an existing load in case the existing one meets the criteria or generates a new load whenever required.  

Warehouse Slotting: depending upon the order demands, you can create replenishment work anytime. You can replenish location selection before the order has been placed.  

Planned Cross Docking: This feature ensures the correct value of inventory as ordered will be directed to the accurate outbound dock or staging area, right from the receipt or creation. Thus, the remaining inventory will be safely directed to the storage location through the put-away process.  

Inbound and Outbound operations are the essence of logistics. However, this is where several organizations find themselves stuck without suitable technology. Businesses can save a great deal of investments if they operate logistics smartly. Microsoft Dynamics 365 offers ERP for Logistics with a suite of tools that ensures seamless logistics operations. Trident Information Systems is a Gold Microsoft Partner and has specialized in Inbound and Outbound logistics management. Contact us for further information.