Inventory Email Alerts in Delivrd

Delivrd inventory management software now has a feature of sending emails with inventory alerts. To set up this feature, go to Settings and make one of the following choices in the Inventory Alert drop-down list:

  • Don’t send any alerts: This is a default option that does not allow to send the inventory alerts.
  • Send only low inventory alerts: Choose this option to send the alerts when the inventory quantity is below the reorder point or safety stock.
  • Send list of all inventory: Choose this option to send inventory reports for all products, regardless if the inventory quantity is below the reorder point or safety stock.

If you assigned any products to suppliers, then it is also possible to send the inventory alerts to those suppliers. To do so, just specify the email address when creating or editing a supplier record. It is possible to add multiple email addresses for a single supplier, by separating each email with a comma (,)

To send the inventory alerts, to your own email and to your suppliers, go to the Inventory List page, and from the Actions menu, select ‘Send Inventory Alerts’:

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Delivrd Dashboard Layout

There is now a new Dashboard look which gives you more important information in one glance so you can manager you inventory better and more efficiently.

Sales Orders to Fulfill – These are orders that have been set to a Released status but still needs to be fulfilled for the customer.

Shipments Awaiting Pick-Up: The Pick and Pack step has been finished and the orders status has been set to Completed and is awaiting pickup by the delivery company for shipment to the customer.

Overdue Purchase Orders: These are orders that have not had their status changed to Released or the processing of the order has not been completed in the last 30 days and is overdue.

Inventory Alerts: Items that have reached their Reorder or Safety Stock levels and need to be replenished as soon as possible in order to continue conducting business in a timely and efficient manner without losing customers.twitteryoutube

Delivrd: Inventory Management

Inventory Alerts and Stock Monitor

Knowing when your product stock is running low is an key part of inventory management.

In Delivrd is now possible to view only the items that are below their Reorder or Safety Stock levels.

In the Dashboard page you can see the Inventory Alerts box. The number shown there represents the items that have reached their Reorder or Safety Stock levels and needs to be replenished or reordered as soon as possible.

For example, shown below are all the items that are in the system currently.

Note that there are four items showing that their stock is running low; highlighted in yellow and red.

This is reflected in the Dashboard under the Inventory Alerts box.

After clicking on the Inventory Alerts box you are taken to a new page showing the exact items that require your immediate attention.

You can now view all of your products that are running low or need to be reordered soon at a single glance!!!twitteryoutube

How to Calculate Reorder Point

According to Wikipedia, a reorder point defines when to order, not how much to order. In other words, the reorder point informs you about the lowest stock level that your inventory should reach before you place a new order.

The appropriate reorder point is defined by the delivery time stock, which is the inventory that you need during the lead time, and the safety stock, which is the minimum inventory level acting as a protection against inventory shortages.

For more information regarding the reorder point and safety stock, see Reorder Point vs. Safety Stock: What’s the Difference? Meanwhile, in this post we’ll focus on the reorder point formula and how to calculate it.

So, here’s the reorder point calculation formula:

(Average Daily Unit Issues x Delivery Lead Time) + Safety Stock

Let’s take a closer look at each of these variables.

Average Daily Unit Issues

Average daily unit issues refer to the quantity of an item sold per day. You can define this variable by dividing the number of items sold during a month by the number of days in this month. For example, if you sold 650 T-shirts in January, your average daily unit issues would be 650/30 = 21.6 T-shirts a day. Please note that it’s not necessary to round to an even number.

Delivery Lead Time

Lead time is the amount of time in days that it takes from the time you order the stock until the time it arrives. You can derive this amount from your past replenishment orders, and it can be an approximate number. For example, it can be 7 days.

Safety Stock

Safety stock is a minimum amount of stock that you want to keep in your inventory, and you should define it yourself, considering such factors as delivery delays, seasonal demand, or damaged items. You can research your past replenishment orders to find out these factors. For example, it can be 30 items.

As a result, the calculation can be as follows:

(21.6 x 7) + 30 = 151.2

It means that your reorder point equals 151.2.

Wirh Delivrd inventory management software, you can easily set up both the safety stock and reorder point for your orders, so that the system can warn you when you reach these amounts.
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Delivrd: Reorder Point vs. Safety Stock

Reorder Point vs. Safety Stock: What’s the Difference?

The concepts of reorder point and safety stock may be confused in Delivrd, so we’d like to explain the difference in this article.

Reorder Point vs. Safety Stock

Imagine that you work for a company that prints on T-shirts, and you have a supplier from which you regularly order “blank” T-shirts of different colors. Black and white medium-sized T-shirts are high sellers, as most people prefer their corporate logos, rock band names, or just funny pictures to be printed on black or white tees.
Let’s take a white medium-sized T-shirt as an example. Let’s suppose that you have 10 boxes of white medium-sized T-shirts in stock, with 100 tees per box, and would like to reorder them from your supplier when you have 5 boxes (500 tees) left. So, how to achieve this during inventory management in Delivrd?

  1. Click Products & Inventory > Products to view a list of your products. To learn how to create and import new product records, see Delivrd User Documentation.
  2. To the left of the needed product name, click Actions > Edit.
  3. On the General tab, in the UOM (Unit of Measure) drop-down list, select Box.
  4. In the Reorder Point field, enter 5.
  5. Click Save.

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As a result, you will get low inventory warnings when your inventory of white medium-sized T-shirts reaches 5 boxes. You can still take the T-shirts from the warehouse, but it’s a bad practice, which may result in reaching the safety stock limit.
Safety stock acts as a safety belt for your inventory. Issuing stock when it goes below safety stock levels is a poor inventory management practice and should be avoided whenever possible.
So, let’s suppose that you want to be alerted when their number reaches 2 boxes (200 T-shirts). In Delivrd, do the following:

  1. Click Products & Inventory > Products to view a list of your products. To learn how to create new products, see Delivrd User Documentation.
  2. To the left of the needed product name, click Actions > Edit.
  3. Click the Logistics tab.
  4. In the Safety Stock field, enter 2.
  5. Click Save.

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As a result, the inventory of white medium-sized T-shirts will no longer be issued when it reaches 2 boxes, and the inventory amounts will be marked with red for all transactions until you make a replenishment order. And, when you reach the reorder point, the inventory amounts will be marked with yellow. Here’s how it looks in Delivrd:

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And here’s how it’s reflected in transaction history:

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However, it’s up to you decide what to do when you reach the safety stock level. In case of reaching the reorder point, it’s clear that you need to reorder inventory by using the replenishment (purchase) order in Delivrd.

But in case of reaching the safety stock, you can either stop all issues or fulfill customer orders until the stock level is zero. You can use the safety stock only as a measure of accurate inventory management, as the stock should never get below the safety stock level.

An accurate reorder point means that you never get lower than your safety stock level, but a good safety stock level means that your quantity never hits zero while people are still willing to purchase the product.
Note: The figures in the example above are very approximate. Of course, you should make thorough calculations, estimations, and forecasts to determine the exact figures for reorder point and safety stock.

Calculating the Reorder Point

And now let’s involve some math and see how to calculate the reorder point. Please note that it’s possible to make such calculations only when you have a stable sales/purchase cycle. As for the reorder point, it’s calculated for each product individually. So, here’s the reorder point formula:

(Average Daily Unit Issues x Delivery Lead Time) + Safety Stock

where average daily unit sales means the average number of product units that are sold per day, and the average delivery lead time is a time period that is typically required for a specific product to arrive.

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Delivrd: Inventory Management

10 Inventory Management Secrets

The phrase “inventory management” may sound routine and even a bit boring. However, actually it’s a powerful tool that affects not only the profit or loss of your company, but also customer satisfaction. Here are some secrets that may bring your inventory management process to a new level.

1. Name your products clearly. Sounds pretty simple, but helps to avoid confusion when identifying the products and comparing their names in the inventory management system and physical warehouse.
2. Plan your inventory, make forecasts, and have backup plans for each aspect of inventory management. Be proactive and prepared to any possible issues.
3. Have several suppliers for high-sellers. High-sellers are items that have a huge demand, so you may end up with shortage of those items and don’t even notice that. Therefore, an extra supplier sounds like a plan B and will allow you to constantly keep high-selling items in the stock.
4. Establish ongoing “retailer-supplier” relationship. Trusted relationship with your suppliers is half success, so don’t forget to share with them your up-to-date inventory plans.
5. Regularly count your inventory to avoid unexpected stock shortages. Delivrd offers a convenient Inventory Count feature, which is available on the Inventory List page.
6. Carefully check the available stock amount to avoid both out-of-stock and overstock situations. Delivrd has the Reorder Point and Safety Stock features, both of which are available on the product page. Reorder Point means the acceptable minimum of product units in your inventory, after which you should reorder the products from your supplier. Safety Stock means the number of product units in stock after reaching which the products should no longer be issued. As a rule, you first hit the reorder point, and only later, if you failed to manage the stock correctly, you hit the safety stock level. Currently, safety stock is marked with red, whereas the reorder point is marked with yellow for all transactions. Besides, Delivrd displays notifications when the stock falls below the reorder point, and a replenishment order should be created.
7. Manage damaged stock. Sad as it is, but your stock may decrease not only because of sales but also because of the human factor, when warehouse staff may unintentionally damage some items. Besides, the damaged stock can also be shipped from your supplier. Therefore, damaged stock should be properly managed in order to show accurate figures in the reports. In Delivrd, you can activate the damaged stock handling functionality in user settings.
8. Create and maintain inventory documentation. Documenting the standard operating procedures, such as billing instructions, shipping guidelines, product specifications, packaging manuals, and so on, is extremely important for consistency of all processes at the warehouse.
9. Manage inventory at multiple locations. With the growth of your business, it becomes quite tough to manage inventory at one warehouse only. However, you don’t need several inventory management systems for several locations. In user settings of Delivrd, you can turn on the option of handling inventory at multiple locations, making the process easier and more straightforward.
10. Hire a professional to handle your inventory management. Again, as your business grows, you may find it hard to manage the inventory on your own, so it’s always better to entrust this responsibility to a skilled professional.twitteryoutube