The custom software tools from NetSuite 2022.1 focus on improved functionality for supply chain processes and customer sales experience across multiple channels. See more updates in the release document below:
NetSuite 2022.1 Pack Station app comes with new mobile enhancements that help warehouse workers process with faster times and more accuracy. There is a built-in converter for weighing packages that seamlessly switches between pounds and kilograms based on user preference. For accuracy and speed, workers can now check the packing instructions for items for each order packaging in the app before getting started. For speed again, the release comes with a bulk activation feature that helps to accelerate the pack and unpack “Ship As Is” products, rather than doing it individually.
For Warehouse managers, NetSuite 2022.1 helps to make the picking, scanning, releasing, and filtering much easier. The feature highlights customizations in the NetSuite Warehouse Management System (WMS) app that improve picker movement and wave filtering through automation.
For businesses that have multiple methods of picking in the warehouse, zone picking helps to reduce the time spent picking items before packing. Instead, NetSuite Warehouse Management System (WMS) app updates in NetSuite 2022.1 Wholesale Distribution allows workers to group by certain zones in which they are assigned ahead packing. This increases the efficiency of business operations since it will essentially map and reduce stages for order picking and the duplication of pick paths.
The new NetSuite WMS now has a count and scan tool for putting in item quantities when conducting cycle counting, product put-away, and inventory transfers. This lessens both time and any possible errors that would come from workers manually counting and entering in the quantity. Tally scanning will also help to map and reduce stages for item scanning.
The updates to Supply Planning Workbench support custom demand planning for warehouse managers and real time visibility for workers.
NetSuite 2022.1 comes with filters in the Supply Planning Workbench that managers can apply to item search. Now they will be able to see more information on orders, from the item description, status of stock levels, and information related to the vendors all on a single page.
Standard data tables in NetSuite SCM App can now be customized. Managers can now remove or add fields depending on the relevant roles they manage for better visibility and decision-making.
Purchasing decisions now come with a ‘Confidence score’ that provides vendor performance scores based on the timing of their delivery. This data is compiled from the historical performance of vendors, which shows how on time, early, or late their deliveries have been. NetSuite 2022.1 analyzes each into a rating from 1 to 100 to help ease supply planning.
To ensure wholesalers maintain high quality on their products, Netsuite 2022.1 is providing more ways to ensure this happens. The new updates focus on creating more opportunities to inspect at any stage of the production journey before it gets to the customer. This helps to reduce the chance of a subpar product being made, inventory wastage, and obtaining optimal quality.
If an item has been detected to have subpar quality in inspection, a trigger will be sent from the NetSuite Quality Management app to have it reinspected.
To ensure efficient warehouse operations, managers can also schedule inspections at selected stages for quality assurance, or done on an ad-hoc basis.
Distributors usually face the rising costs of materials and must plan to avoid any potential waste in inventory, while maintaining the budget for materials. To mitigate against wastage, supply chain managers can now assign and fulfill orders using the ‘First Expired, First Out (FEFO) method. This preserves product value by selling the oldest items first. With each item being assigned a number for a production date, it is easier with the new release to fulfill orders in the correct sequence.
Both managers and employees can access SuitePeople for strategic goal setting. Managers can set clear goals for employees and oversee each progress in SuitePeople. For employees, they can increase efficiency in performance by eliminating any unapproved or unnecessary goals, and also checking progress updates on existing goals.
SuitePeople makes it easier to schedule review sessions for managers with all employees. Simply adding all employees to the dataset allows managers to automatically set up review requests to be sent. This bulk scheduling works for new employee check-ins on an annual, monthly, quarterly, or 60-day basis.