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f4b in the Supply Chain

The technology behind f4b has been used to provide analytics and warehousing for managing supply chains since the early noughties. The recent addition of f4haulage compliments this suite of software providing entry level management of haulage activities.

We believe that informed decisions and keeping customers informed are key to managing any business so our supply chain software comes with powerful, flexible and easy to use analytic capabilities built in. Reporting on customer stock, movements and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) is a breeze.

Using the f4b components MultiStock and MultiStat as part of a MultiFreight solution provides for a comprehensive solution to supply chain management that deals with multimodal transport, customs documentation, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)…

The current f4b user interface is based on Microsoft .NET technology and provides the familiar feel of a spreadsheet while being a true secure client server SQL interface. This means that users require less training, the interface is fast while server loading is low and the back end database can be SQLServer, MYSQL, PROGRESS…

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How f4b and Multifreight manage your supply chain
Fig 1. How f4b and Multifreight manage your supply chain

 

f4haulage

This entry level haulage application provides screens for entry of multi pick up and delivery haulage jobs along with costs, income and associated cargo details. The route planning capabilities of f4b can be used to establish the mileage associated with additional way points.

f4haulage links seamlessly with f4warehousing.

Haulage jobs, sales (collection and delivery points), costs of subcontracted haulier
Fig 2. Haulage jobs, sales (collection and delivery points), costs of subcontracted haulier

 

A haulage job with cargo details
Fig 3. A haulage job with cargo details. Note this job is actually a despatch from a warehouse and the option to Allocate Free Stock from the warehouse is provided.

 

f4warehousing/MultiStock

This product works in conjunction with both f4haulage and Multifreight.

Receiving cargo.

Setting a haulage job's Consignee to an address designated as a warehouse, results in the cargo being added to Expected Receipts of the Supply Chain views. Here they can be received into the warehouse by adding them to the Receipt Basket. Auto and manual put-away facilities are then provided.

Using the Receipt Basket to receive cargo into a warehouse
Fig 4. Using the Receipt Basket to receive cargo into a warehouse

 

Barcode Labelling of Receipts
Fig 5. Barcode Labelling of Receipts

 

Despatching Cargo

Setting a haulage job's Collection Point to an address designated as a warehouse, results in the cargo being added to the Supply Chain views initially as Unallocated Despatches. Using f4haulage, free stock can be allocated as the cargo is added using the button 'Allocate Stock' (see Fig 3) or later when stock becomes available (see Fig 6).

The Supply Chain shows Expected Receipt, In Stock, Unallocated Despatch and Allocated Despatch lines as a single view/grid. A running total of this view makes potential stock-outs obvious. You can filter the grid or use the favourites at the bottom of the file menu to find the Unallocated Despatch lines you are interested in allocating as cargo.

Allocation can be First In First Out (FIFO), least picking distance, least number of picks...

Allocating warehouse stock to a despatch haulage job
Fig 6. Allocating warehouse stock to a despatch haulage job

 

Allocated despatches are added to the despatch basket where picking list can be produced
Fig 7. Allocated despatches are added to the despatch basket where picking list can be produced

 

Moving and Consolidating Warehouse Stock

Using the movement basket
Fig 8. Using the movement basket

 

Charging for Warehousing

f4warehousing/MultiStock keeps a record of all stock movements into, around and out of your warehouses. From these movements customer stock levels can be seen and reported.

Charges can be set up by warehouse, package style (eg pallets) quantity, item quantity, weight, volume etc.

A scheduled task is set up to automatically interrogate customer stock levels, calculate customer charges and post them to your accounts package.

Setting up and running warehouse charges
Fig 9. Setting up and running warehouse charges

 

 

 


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