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Zone Enabled Item Journals

Zone Enabled Item Journals

A complaint that I often get from Microsoft 安博电竞 ® NAV users who have implemented the full ‘Directed Pick & Put-away’ warehouse functionality is that if you want to adjust stock you have to enter a Warehouse Item Journal, Register it, and then go to an Item Journal ‘Calculate Warehouse Adjustments’ and then Post. A similar task has to be undertaken for Physical Inventory Journals, Whereas Reclassification Journals are completely blocked.

When I was first trained in NAV warehousing, the trainer, who was directly employed by the old Navision Company said that the reason that it was developed that way was so that the Warehouse could adjust stock, and effectively make it un-pickable, without affecting the balance sheet, with the second transaction being undertaken by the accountant at a later date.

In principle this sounds like a good idea, but the way the functionality has been designed means that in the period between Registering the Warehouse Item Journal and Posting the Item Journal you end up with an imbalance between Warehouse Bin Contents and Inventory, which is totally invisible to SOP, POP and MRP. As a result you think you have stock that does not in fact exist! You also cannot move stock between ‘Directed Pick and Put-away’ Locations without a Transfer Order.

As a result of the above issue, the usual practice is to always do both the transactions together. This takes away any advantage of the original design concept of splitting the process into two steps. The danger with this practice is that if a user forgets to undertake the second step, or an Item Journal Line is posted directly (both of which actually do happen), you end up with stock imbalances between the Warehouse and Inventory, which inevitably brings NAV into disrepute.

When later on, Microsoft added the simpler ‘Bin Mandatory’ functionality into NAV it became possible to specify a Bin Code on Item, Physical Inventory, and Reclassification Journals directly. However, ‘Directed Pick & Put-away’ Locations with a Zone code were explicitly excluded. This means that most of the code for writing the Warehouse Entries necessary to accommodate Bins is already present.

Zone enabled item journals

Here at 安博电竞 Consultants, we like to offer minor changes to our customers that can significantly improve the usability of Microsoft 安博电竞 NAV. As a result, we have developed “Zone Enabled Item Journals”!

Zone enabled item journals

If you would like some further information on our bespoke warehousing solutions, or any bespoke development information, please do feel free to contact us.

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