Being a footwear manufacturing company, you will be acquainted with the different challenges in your production and supply processes. For example, which material is needed in which plant for the production of required articles and at what time? In addition, where can the produced goods best be packed, temporarily stored or when optimally transported? And, as is life, you will also have experienced how the very best planning is often overcome by reality!
cpa.ShoeFactory’s logistics modules provide flexible and scalable solutions that will allow you to keep an eye on your processes and the whereabouts of your goods at all times. We offer the flexibility you need to master diverse logistical challenges, ranging from periods with high-volume initial orders, to a steady flow of goods enabled by NOS programmes through to small-scale e-commerce. These modules give you the right tools to react quickly throughout your supply chain in all logistical areas at any given time.
For optimum operation, use our logistics module to plan material supply transportation for your plants or suppliers in accordance with your production planning. Because of constant access to material availability, you always have a clear picture of any backlogs or excess quantities in your deliveries. And on site easy-to-use picking and loading applications are available to move the material out of the warehouse and get it on its way.
By using cpa.ShoeFactory, you have total flexibility to control material supplies centrally, on a decentralised basis or a combination of both – whether a material is to be distributed directly to various production sites from a central dispatch warehouse or delivered precisely to the destinations as needed via a central transhipment hub.
Regardless whether you transport material to a production plant, exchange intermediate products between production sites or send finished goods from a factory to the central dispatch warehouse, the scope for configuring your transportation with cpa.ShoeFactory's logistics module is almost endless.
Furthermore, you have total transparency over where specific goods are located and when they will arrive at their destination. The most diverse warehouse infrastructure conditions can also be taken into account – be it consignors with limited IT connections or with mobile scanner solutions for real-time route checks at the loading bay. cpa.ShoeFactory logistics module's central transport system takes all scenarios into account and connects all your supply chain nodes.
cpa.ShoeFactory helps you to structure the most diverse options for individual goods flows in a cost-optimised manner and, thanks to optimally configured processes, reduce your current logistics costs for added benefit as well.
The customisation options are manifold and meet current requirements. For example, you can have produced goods packed directly for the customer in a dispatch warehouse or loaded into a container for transport to the central warehouse. Alternatively goods produced thousands of kilometres away from the company's headquarters can be allocated in such a way that some packages are sent directly to the customer and others shipped to the company's own central warehouse as fixed assortment or stock goods for later customer allocation. These are just a few examples.
Here are a couple of potential challenges. Simply picking parcels and additionally making the logistics module of cpa.ShoeFactory available via terminal server. Or the module needs to provide proof of its capabilities in a high-bay warehouse with a linked automated carton warehouse. These situations are where you can use the complete module functionality to create your individual solution when it comes to distribution logistics. Select between the integrated basic warehouse management tool or the warehouse management system (WMS) that is optimally linked to cpa.ShoeFactory for more comprehensive requirements. Being an experienced provider of an ERP system for the footwear industry, we will happily advise you on this.
The logistics module offers a wide range of configurations for incoming goods, order picking, warehouse organisation and outgoing goods. Depending on your individual needs, you can easily adapt the processes required for each of your locations. And should processes change, you can rescale at any time.
This is also applicable when your warehouse management comprises using mobile or stationary barcode scanners. cpa.ShoeFactory has been optimised for use with these devices and supports the most common barcode types from NSU to EAN up to serial numbers. You can even combine the use of the barcode types in a wide variety of ways. What is more, required documents such as delivery notes or shipping labels can be printed out exactly where you need them. Weighing systems to determine the precise weight of parcels and pallets before dispatch can also easily be integrated into your warehouse processes.
As a shoe manufacturer, you will certainly be familiar with the manifold customer requirements in logistics and delivery, including individual price labelling, packing restrictions, palletisation regulations or predefined delivery periods. cpa.ShoeFactory's central value-added services management allows any special requirements to be met in a process-integrated manner, whether for specific countries or customers or order item details. Necessary information about the overall process or a particular workflow step is centrally controlled and communicated to the respective workstations. For example a supervisor can manage important consignments in a target-oriented manner or a packing station can automatically print labels. Likewise pallet stacking can purposefully pool customer payloads in an optimal way.
When it comes to charging for a service, you decide whether your customers receive this for free or whether they benefit from value-added services for which they are invoiced.
In the best case scenario, the goods are picked and packed and the consignments are handed over to a parcel service or carrier on the same day.
But as reality holds many more scenarios in store, cpa.ShoeFactory's logistics module assists you in finding an effective solution for all the footwear industry's parcel logistics challenges, whether for small or large deliveries or for special e-commerce processes – such as drop shipping on behalf of an Internet mail order company. The processing for standard parcel products offered by common CEP service providers (e.g. DHL, DPD, GLS) is already integrated in cpa.ShoeFactory. So no additional work is involved in integrating external shipping systems.
Other supply chain scenarios can also be mastered easily, such as the monitoring of pre-packaging for a new season first delivery or the coordination of complete deliveries. cpa.ShoeFactory's parcel logistics provides you with support for goods handling and intermediate storage using external service providers who you communicate with via EDI. This enables you to flexibly integrate external storage capacities during peak periods.
Several questions arise here, for example how one can prepare goods for dispatch after production even without a customer label. Or how can goods be picked where it is cost-effective? And what are the best cross-docking operations to directly deliver goods to the customer in core markets without any storage in-between?
The answer is fixed assortments. Being an important standard feature of cpa.ShoeFactory's logistics module, it gives you all the tools you need to handle them efficiently.
"As a manufacturer of high-quality safety shoes, Elten has its own specific demands ‒ including IT. To this end, we rely on CPA's ERP software. As we are continually facing new challenges in the supply chain – and these are reflected in the software requirements – we are jointly cooperating with CPA on the further evolution of their software. This ensures that CPA and Elten stay ahead of the competition."
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