This posting describes some of the enhancements of the WMS functionality that were added in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012.
Storing and updating the requested ship date on shipments
The WMSShipment table now stores the latest date where the shipment must be delivered in order to meet the requested ship date. This information is displayed in the Requested ship date (RequestedShipDate) field and the date corresponds to the earliest date that occurs on the lines of the shipment.
Based on this new field, batch processing of shipments can be set up with a level of detail that allows you to prioritize shipments that are soon to be shipped. The requested ship date is displayed in the Shipments form and records can be filter by this date.
Automatic activation of shipments
You can now activate shipments when you run shipment reservation in batch. Select the Activate shipments parameter in the Shipment reservation form in Inventory and warehouse management under Periodic > Shipments > Shipment reservation.
Automatically create shipments that are unique for customers or orders
With the Joint shipping parameter in the Shipment templates form you can now specify if a shipment should be split when output orders are added. With this parameter you do not need a separate template per customer to define what orders can be added to a shipment.
The enhanced shipment template can help improve the process to automatically assign orders to shipments. Orders are added according to the value of the Joint shipping field and shipments are automatically created for unique values.
Tracking load on WMS locations.
In earlier versions only the numbers of pallets were tracked on locations.
In Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012, weight and volume of items and pallets are also tracked together with the pallet count. The load for a location can be seen in the Inventory locations (WMSLocation) form.
The tracking is based on records in a new table named WMSLocationLoad. Records are always created and they are never updated. This is to allow for better scaling. The load on a location can be determined from the sum of the records.
Transports now also store the total weight and the total volume of the transport. The values are stored in the TotalVolume and TotalWeight fields.
In order to reduce the number of records in the WMSLocationLoad table it is recommended to run the Summation of load adjustments job in Inventory and warehouse management under Periodic > Clean up on a regular basis.
By Bibi Christensen, Per Lykke Lynnerup and Lennart Conrad
All the information about AX 2012 posted here is a pre-release. Any feature is a subject to be changed before the release without notice.
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