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Announcing Latitude 10.0.112 and the Satellite Warehouse Module

The next version of Latitude, which has just been released, features two new major features and several smaller updates. First is the Inbound Transportation Management module that helps customers manage incoming deliveries in Latitude WMS. Most warehouse management systems do not include this capability, but it’s a forward-thinking function that we are confident small and medium-sized distributors will benefit from. You can read more about that module here.

The second addition to Latitude WMS is our Satellite Warehouse Module, which extends Latitude into smaller satellite warehouses and lets them access the same inventory without the hardware investment. Like most of Latitude’s recent enhancements, it was created to address a need expressed by customers. Many of our customers have a distribution center with a few remote branches in secondary locations or retail back rooms. These satellite warehouses are usually too small to justify investing in on-site Latitude installations, but employees still wanted access to the system. We agree. You shouldn’t have to buy another full version of the software for three or four employees.

The Satellite Warehouse Module gives remote locations access to a ‘light’ version of Latitude, where most processes are “exception” based. As usual, employees will use an RF terminal for receiving. For all other processes (putaway, cycle counting, picking, packing and shipping) they will print a form and note any exceptions to their normal workflow. For example, in putaway a worker would make a note if he or she puts a product in a different bin than normal. After finishing the job, the worker would log into the Latitude Activity Station, key in the exceptions from the sheet and post them to the system. This gives all employees better insight to what happens at these locations.

The latest update also increases the number of zones allowed in Latitude, adds the ability to set different time zones for each Latitude Branch, and has a new Quarantine Window feature that prevents an item from being pickable in a user-defined time frame.

You can see more details about Latitude 10.0.112 in its release notes here. If you’d like to learn more about this module, or need to discuss another specific problem you’re trying to solve in your warehouse, you can reach our Support Team at 1-888-627-9797.

Sneak Peek at Latitude 9.0.109 Features

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New features! Improved functionality! More efficient usability! Greater insight into warehouse metrics!

This is why we have things like a User Conference, people! Your feedback gives us the data we need to enhance and improve our product.

Some of our bigger, newer features on the latest and greatest Latitude Warehouse Management system are listed below. For more data, contact us!

Metrics and Employee Tracking

 

  • User definable “periods” now extend the reporting / graphing capabilities.  Users can now select “Current Period” & “Prior Period” in addition to the traditional date ranges (“Today”, “Yesterday”, “Week to Date”, etc.).
  • The “Who Am I?” option on the RF terminal now shows the user’s current activity sheet event type.
  • A fixed zone can now be assigned to a user defined (overhead) activity sheet event type ensuring that a given activity is always accumulated for a selected zone.  For example, it is possible to have an overhead task for “unloading trucks” and to have that work captured in a designated zone for receiving.
  • Added additional fields to the Employee Error record. Fields include Customer ID, Salesman ID, Reported To, Reported By, Resolution Date, Transaction date, and more. These fields have been added to the Error Reports as well.
  • Enhanced editing of Metric Activity Sheet Events. Hours can be directly entered, and the employee’s “end time” automatically computed accordingly.
  • The zone for a given inventory metric is now defined by the source bin where the actively was performed rather than the employees “active zone.”
  • Added metric types! You can now track the Loading of Masterloads onto trucks by means of the MASTERLOAD.LOAD “transaction” metric and the LOAD “activity sheet” event. Similarly, Pre-receiving can be tracked by means of the RCPT.PRE transaction metric and the PRE-RECEIPT activity sheet metric

Cycle Counting

  • Cycle Count Discrepancies are now highlighted if an item’s inventory count is zero but the cycle count results in a positive inventory.
  • Discrepancy cycle counts are now listed as such on Latitude web.

General

  • Licensed Packages can now be viewed on the Latitude Web—visible by choosing the “System” + “Licenses” + “Optional Packages” link.

Latitude Manifesting (LMS)

  • Latitude Manifesting has received certification from UPS for 2011!
  • New shipment reference fields have been added to the customer record for shipping a package through LMS. Tags can be incorporated to map any field on the sales order header.

Orders

  • Definable time periods are now available that allow orders to automatically release (print) on a Carrier by Carrier basis (Activant P21 user only at this time).
  • New “Find” queries available on the RF to locate open and unloaded master loads using an existing master load number.
  • The Sales Order Dashboard Route Panel now shows remaining zones to pull for a particular route.
  • New Order Audit module has been added for tracking order accuracy.
  • Enhanced “Query Load” query now displays the assembly item code.

Shipping

  • Added a new system alert for sending notification to the “order taker” linked to an order when the assigned route number is changed.

Inventory

  • A new Adjustment Reason Code Profile is now available—users can be assigned a profile which defines which reason codes they are authorized to select when performing inventory adjustments.

As always, we thank you for your ongoing support – and we wish you all health and happiness during this holiday season.