Microsoft Dynamics NAV solutions for transportation and logistics
Gain end-to-end visibility into all of your company operations
The supply chain is the life-blood of manufacturing and distribution companies. But managing the supply chain, from raw materials through production and distribution to final point of sale, can become quite complex very quickly – with managing multiple transportation modes, multiple national regulations, value added taxes, rising fuel prices, storage and warehousing, inventory management, and more.
ArcherPoint’s transportation and logistics solutions, fully integrated with Microsoft Dynamics NAV (formerly Navision), provide you with everything you need to move products through the supply chain. They are ideal for a range of logistics providers, from full truck load (FTL) to multinational freight forwarding providers with multi-depot and multi-modal freight forwarding requirements, as well as providers that manage warehouses with or without other logistics services.
Visibility across the enterprise
You get end-to-end visibility into all of your company operations, improved data access and reporting, support for fully multi-modal transportation by land, sea or air, advanced capabilities for warehousing by customers, products and product groups, robust management modules for fuel, trucks, drivers and pallets, rate management, comparison, shopping, real-time scheduling, and more. It is scalable, flexible, and configurable to meet the unique needs of LSPs and provides complete control operations for better management of costs and better returns. You can also interface with devices such as onboard computers, fuel control systems, scanning devices, access control systems, and map software.
You can easily create and maintain logistics information, including customers, invoice and communication rules, transport addresses, sites, warehouses, zones, and bins, items, articles, units of measure, parcels, and serial numbers, transport instructions, trucks, trailers, drivers, and employees
You get visibility across the enterprise, so you can view critical information such as the profitability of each stage of the life cycle of an order. The system will calculate the profitability of quotes when they are created to prevent low margin orders, and once an order is accepted, the pre-calculation function checks services and costs against each other to calculate a preliminary P/L. When those services and costs begin, they become visible in the budget P/L, and the actual P/L displays invoiced services.
Tariff maintenance functionality has everything required to handle different pricing structures and calculations, such as fixed and graduated prices, tariff tables based on one unit or two or more units, and level matrices depending on zone definitions. Regardless of the process you use, the system records prices and automatically calculates the shipment price in real time while it records the order. Prices can be calculated using a variety of factors, including weight, volume, loading meter, taxable weight, value, number of stops, file number, fuel surcharge, country, and more. The system can also handle automatic generation of fuel surcharge, BAF/CAF, waiting time, COD fees, and administration fees.
Because it is a fully integrated system, your logistics and transportation solution enables seamless sharing of information within a single or multiple companies. It helps eliminate duplication of effort by allowing you to enter and maintain information such as customers, vendors, transport addresses, harbors, and airports one time, in one spot. Besides, order information should also only be entered once. This integration also allows users to view information in real-time.
International freight forwarders must deal with the challenge of managing a complex system of simultaneous or consecutive tasks required to fill orders. You can define and set up workflows for individual shipments and grouping files to monitor and control each step of the order fulfillment. You can also create and send order confirmations, booking confirmations, pick-up instructions, arrival notices, and more.
Because document management functionality is fully integrated with Microsoft Office, you can automate many tasks, such as merging order information into Microsoft Word templates based on the recorded order information. You can easily create documents that are automatically faxed or emailed or archived and linked to its associated transport order, and link external documents in various formats, such as XLS, PDF, and JPG to transport orders. There is no need to transfer documents between offices; the company wide structure allows archived documents to be visible immediately to everyone in the organization.
Because they are integrated with Dynamics NAV, logistics and transportation solutions take advantage of the multi-national architecture to manage operational and financial information, offering functionality in multiple currencies and languages and following the requirements of each country or jurisdiction. Multiple companies can share the same information, reducing duplication of effort and errors, and a multi-depot structure allows order-information to be simultaneously used by all depots and companies within a group, eliminating the need to maintain separate export and import files.
Transport is the ideal solution for any transport need, regardless of size or method of transport. It provides one system to manage all transport processes, including transport types, including full loads, partial loads, bulk, container, and express to multi-depot hub & spoke networks. Through its multi-movement process, it enables you to organize transport by means of multiple ‘movements’ of any transport method, including road, air, sea, or rail. You also get a complete, ‘multi-depot’ structure to handle networks of terminals, hubs, and depots. Orders are recorded one time and used in all planning stages of movements between shippers, terminals (depots), and consignees. Grouping, ungrouping and regrouping functions let you plan and re-plan cargo transfers. You get one system for all transport processes, support for all types of networks, and centralized order entry, with the flexibility to fit the needs of operators and departments. Features include Cross-docking a, graphical plan board with drag and drop planning, ability to calculate distance, time, toll, and CO2 automatically, route optimization, an integrated fleet monitor, ODBC interface, subcontractor management, and pallets and carriers.
Freight forwarders manage a critical area within the supply chain. They identify and book routes, modes of transport, and carriers to meet the needs of their customers. Forwarding solutions give forwarding companies full control over complex multi-modal transports. With this comprehensive solution, workflow and task management is simplified; tasks can be assigned to different orders so that activities involved can be executed to complete complex forwarding. Standard documents and communications required for executing orders can be easily generated. Extended tariff calculation functionality lets you combine transport and offers from subcontractors and includes CAF/BAF functionality and more. Budgetary control lets you monitor possible financial implications of actions before, during, and after forwarding is completed.
Forwarding solutions offer a complete ‘multi-depot’ structure to handle networks of terminals, hubs, and depots. Orders are recorded one time and used in all planning stages of movements between shippers, terminals (depots), and consignees. Grouping, ungrouping, and regrouping functions let you plan and re-plan cargo transfers. You get better control over workflows and tasks, easy document generation and communication, extended tariff calculation, budgetary control, control over assigning tasks to orders, and extended tariff calculation.
Forwarding Modules include KPI Dashboard, Fleet Maintenance, Fuel Registration, Cash on Delivery, and Cleaning Station
Warehouse solutions are perfect for companies with public warehouses that house inventory for multiple customers. As a stand-alone solution or integrated with Transport or Forwarding, Warehouse gives you the functionality you need, including managing public warehouse workflow, inbound and outbound orders, and value added logistics (VAL), defining put-away and picking strategies, run stock-analyses (ABC), and gather and analyze statistical information. Warehouse also works in paper-based environments and with barcode scanners in automated RF environments. Regardless of what’s being warehoused. Warehouse gives you what you need to be more efficient. You get:
Warehouse modules include an alert agent, workflow management, WordMerge, online features, and an ADCS (Automated Data Capture System) connector for using handheld devices.
Inventory forecasting and replenishment
Not having enough stock in inventory to meet demands can spell disaster, but carrying too much inventory is just as detrimental. Through collaborative forecasting and complete access to historical data, trends, and market conditions, you can confidently forecast inventory demands and tailor your inventory control strategies. Avoid overspending on deliveries with container loading optimization that provides accurate benchmarking data for purchases with suggested order processing helps you avoid inaccurate order analysis.
ArcherPoint works closely with the following proven solution provider to extend the value of your Microsoft Dynamics NAV software for transportation and logistics:
Talk to an ArcherPoint representative about how Microsoft Dynamics NAV can help your company manage its transportation and logistics challenges.