Next View's cloud powered WMS provides complete visibility to all aspects of your warehouse operations.

Next View WMS

Overview

Next View WMS, is a warehouse management system based on the Microsoft .NET 4.0 architecture. Next View WMS utilizes a service oriented architecture with web services and work flows that can be easily tailored to fit the requirements of each customer. Next View WMS can be interfaced to the leading ERP systems for the SME market.

Next View WMS is a powerful, real-time system that has the capability to meet future needs. It provides the ability for the maintenance of inventory while providing better service to customers in real-time.

Next View WMS streamlines warehouse operations providing companies with tools unlike any other traditional WMS. Its use of cutting-edge technology makes it the most advanced supply chain execution suite available.

The user interfaces of Next View Focus are web based and therefore operating system independent. Any device able to run a web browser can be used as a client. Next View Focus takes advantage of Web 2.0 technologies which provide a rich user experience. Utilizing AJAX to process data requests ensures fast, responsive screen updates and limits the network bandwidth usage. User-specific menu structures optimize the access to important screens. For fast access to queries used daily, each user can setup preconfigured queries called views. Advanced sorting options and easily reconfigurable column displays, enable the user to query and find desired information quickly. All objects in the system are accessible via links and the user can drill down further into areas of interest easily. Crystal Reports are integrated within the web interface. Reports can be opened from any screen and be based on the currently visible context information or query result. Custom user created reports can easily be added to the system. The system has multi language support and a language and culture setup can be chosen per user.

Next View Focus’s mapping structure supports a multi-site setup allowing you to manage orders globally. Each site is further broken down into campuses consisting of warehouses in close proximity. Campuses allow easy inter-warehouse transfers and order handling with multiple drop offs and pickups possible. Warehouses are divided into areas and locations and logically structured into work centers and zones. Attributes on products like serial or lot numbers can be setup to be captured and tracked throughout the system. Every modification of setup information, every operation and task creates a transaction within the system. The transaction contains the information about who has done what and when and can be used to create a detailed log of the system activity. Furthermore Next View Focus allows the user to look at the record history of any object in the system revealing how the object came to its current state and who is responsible. Products, customers, vendors, zones and other objects within Next View Focus can be extended with additional auxiliary data fields. These can be used when interfacing with third party software, for printing reports or to support Next View’s configurable workflow logic.

Next View Manage handles both inbound and outbound processes. Each material handling process is associated with a process flow which defines the steps needed to complete the process. The system automatically generates tasks for each required operation and directs the workers. A process flow is made up of nodes that are connected together by actions that describe a certain state for the order, shipment, load or inbound receipt. While the system has default process flows which reflect best practices, existing process flows can be edited or new ones created to match required operations. Process flows can be assigned based on the customer for outbound inventory or vendor for inbound inventory. Ensuring that required process specific steps are automatically and efficiently executed reduces cost, errors and increases customer satisfaction.

Kitting and manufacturing including back tracking the genealogy of consumed inventory for callback situations is supported. Production receipt in Focus is the process of receiving finished goods from a production or packaging line. A work order is created for each scheduled finished good that contains the information needed to produce the finished good. Finished goods received from a production line are associated to a work order in Focus. A bill of materials (BOM) for a finished good can be stored in Focus. The component SKUs and quantity are listed in the bill of materials. These can be entered manually or maintained from the host system.

Focus yard management and dock scheduling provides real time tracking of every facet of yard and trailer movement. Starting from the point of load arrival and ending at outbound loads dispatched to customers, the system provides accurate and efficient scheduling of receiving and shipping goods to and from the warehouse. Focus assists the warehouse and transportation departments in two areas. First it extends the warehouse inventory into trailers containing inventory. Second it keeps track of trailers by location, load info and carrier. The system provides intelligent user-friendly tools to support warehouse operations such as appointment scheduling and radio frequency (RF) yard jockey assignments.

User work profiles control the task queue for each worker. The system takes properties like proximity, used equipment and task priority and permissions into account to determine the optimal task queue per user. Task interleaving is the term used in describing a method to mix tasks to reduce travel time. Sending a forklift operator to put a pallet in a storage location on his way to his next picking location is a typical example of task interleaving. When this happens, the waste involving needless traveling is substantially reduced. The goal of this is to minimize dead-heading. As an operator completes a task, Focus determines the next work assignment based on a user’s permission to handle a task, the task priority and proximity to the last task. ‘Task interleaving’ in Focus, is accomplished by simply giving the closest next task to a user that they have permission to execute. This permission is determined by the security access granted to the user in the User Management screen under the Security menu and the equipment type the user is currently operating. Each aisle of the warehouse can be restricted by equipment types that can access it.

Next View supports 3PL operations. Designated storage areas can be created for owners and additional security is added by the option to restrict users and workers to only handle inventory of a specific owner. The purpose of the 3PL Billing functionality in Focus is to generate data for invoicing purposes. Invoices are built based upon costing data that is collected by the 3PL billing service. The 3PL billing service then summarizes these costs into a billing interval such as weekly or monthly.