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  • Blog Post: Planning with reorder point item is disrupted with reservations

    This is not NAV, not even ERP ... this is just planning. If you have a reorder item, you would like to plan stock level. Here, you asume a replenishment should be triggered when stock goes below that certain stock level (reorder point). If you have a proper calculation of this reorder point, you have...
  • Blog Post: Shipment date vs. Posting date vs. Due date

    Shipment date in NAV shows the planned shipment date. This date is not when it will actually be shipped but when it is planned to be shipped. Thus, NAV is using this when planning, creating a production order from a given demand ... This shows when sales should be shipped for not being late to customer...
  • Blog Post: Reorder cycle (NAV 2009) vs. Lot Accumulation and Reschedule Period (NAV 2013)

    Reorder cycle in NAV was an old planning parameter we had before NAV 2013 was released. However, it is not that we are loosing the functionality in back but that NAV split this old Reorder Cycle into different fields. Main reason for this: usability. Better to Split different concepts behind Reorder...
  • Blog Post: Planning exceptions in NAV 2013

    Exceptions happens ... but should happen exceptionally. That's the rule! Under this assumption, if we run into a situation where our customer is getting too many exceptions when planning, it might be time to re-calculate planning parameters or to re-confirm if current policy is still recommended....
  • Blog Post: Assembly Management versus Manufacturing in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    As many of you may know, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 includes a new application feature called Assembly Management. It is described as a set of features designed for companies that supply products to their customers by combining components in simple processes, such as assembly, light manufacturing, and...
  • Blog Post: Timeline Visualization in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 ships with a fully integrated Timeline Visualization tool. It provides the user with a visual projection of future supply and enables the user to make modifications on the fly. The Timeline helps you understand and optimize your inventory profile with its visual projection...
  • Blog Post: Supply Planning Changes in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    The Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 release includes a set of new supply planning options, aimed at the following goals: Optimize supply handling cost by minimizing order changes. Provide a more precise setup for optimizing the inventory profile. Reduce the time spent on processing and changing...
  • Blog Post: Jobs WIP Calculation Compliance in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    Work in Process, WIP, and the related recognition of costs and revenues has a huge impact on the bottom-line for a project-based company. Project managers, accountants, and controllers are monitoring this recognition closely and for them it is crucial to have the process be as simple yet accurate as...
  • Blog Post: Planning and Execution in Jobs and Services in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

    I think everyone agrees that keeping track of project performance is essential in all project-based delivery scenarios. It should be fairly easy to see if a project is on track and that everything that should be invoiced is invoiced. Project managers need to answer questions such as: What are...
  • Blog Post: Backflushing consumption

    What is and when we will be using backflushing consumption? Method for issuing (reducing on-hand quantities) materials to a manufacturing order. With backflushing, the material is issued automatically when production is posted against an operation. The backflushing program will use the quantity completed...
  • Blog Post: Vendors with specific shipping dates

    How to model a vendor where they only ship on Wednesdays? This is just an example ... That is something we need to be careful with. First of all, keep in mind the difference with Sales. In there, we have the "Shipping Agent" where we can define an "Agent Service" (F5790). This shipping agents are...
  • Blog Post: How calendars are considered when calculating lead times

    Lead time calculation is the calculation that takes place to calculate "Expected Receipt Date" from the "Order Date" or the other way around. Similarly, sales have the calculation to calculate "Planned Delivery Date" from "Shipment Date" or the other way around as well. Here, we will be focusing on the...
  • Blog Post: Post – Apply – From Item Entry Application Across Locations

    The following blog post is to provide guidance for users of the Inventory costing functionality within Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The specific article is designed for providing guidance that you are able to use Appl. – from Item Entry to create an Item Entry Application across locations. This feature...
  • Blog Post: Order modifiers are not being considered with planning exceptions or emergencies

    This is related with How to work with "Warning icons" in Planning Worksheet Here, we have an scenario where NAV does not respect order modifiers (maximum/multiple/minimum order quantity) when there are exceptions. As we mentioned in earlier post, exceptions are ... exceptions!!! Yeah, I know you might...
  • Blog Post: Reorder items and forecast: is it the right thing to have both together?

    Forecast are used to prevent planning of any new demands coming. But, is it meaningful to use forecast with reorder point items? I would say no, just what I think. I am saying this because the reorder point is calculated from the safety stock + average demand during lead time. Thus, the reorder point...
  • Blog Post: How to work with "Warning icons" in Planning Worksheet

    Take this post as my suggestion on how to work with "Warning icons". Any other idea is welcome, let's comment on that !! Back from NAV 5.0 SP1, warning icons were added to the Planning Worksheet to raise exceptional situations. There are three type of scenarios here: Emergency (ie. inventory...
  • Blog Post: Forecast netting in NAV: where the buckets are!!??

    As usual, let's start talking from a pure business perspective ... When a forecast is defined, it is always required to define for which period the forecast is defined. In other words, if you forecast a demand of 200 pieces, for which period is this for? Usually, forecast are defined for a week or a...
  • Blog Post: Rounding in ERP world

    As you might know, ERP tools are based in integers and decimals. There are other tools which are much more powerful from a mathematical perspective. These are the engineering tools which are mostly used in those environments where precision in calculation is higher than what we are used to. Also, these...
  • Blog Post: Requisition vs. Planning worksheet: why having two planning tools?

    Why warning icons are available on the Planning Worksheet but not in the Requisition Worksheet? Well, this is more a licensing request. Requisition worksheet is on the basic license ... thus, it provides basic functionality. In the other hand, if you require more complex planning functionality, you...
  • Blog Post: Are reservations being impacted with stock adjustments?

    Sometimes we need to post stock adjustments (negative adjustment, phys. inventory journal, ...). We need to correct the stock in NAV to make it consistent with physical stock. But, how does this affect the reservations that might already exist? If we have stock and we have reservations against that...
  • Blog Post: Reservations vs. costing application: should both be consistent?

    Assume the following scenario: We have a FIFO item where we set automatic reservation We create a purchase with expected receipt on the 1st of October and another for the 15th of same month We now create a sales order for the 1st of December Question here is: how NAV determines what...
  • Blog Post: Error affecting Sales and Purchase Invoices containing Item Tracking lines

    This article handles another common issue, seen when handling documents containing Item Tracking lines in NAV 2009. In this instance, the problem affects Sales and Purchase Invoices and occurs when splitting the relevant shipment or receipt lines and then posting the invoice. Both solutions should...
  • Blog Post: Error when posting documents featuring Item Tracking lines

    In NAV 2009, there have been issues posting some documents containing Item Tracked lines. This entry brings together 3 KB articles which address these issues, with the intention that a system could be patched with all the relevant fixes at the same time. When encountering the following generic...
  • Blog Post: Use of multiple Units of Measure on non-managed Locations

    This is the first in a regular series of blog entries covering different areas of SCM functionality in NAV and is intended to make you aware of related issues, when applying solutions, as well as additional resources which are available. In this entry, we will discuss a common query which is reported...
  • Blog Post: Reschedule does not happen when this is "Lot-for-Lot" and reoder cycle is defined

    With Lot-for-Lot items, the reorder cycle needs to be considered when a change on the demand profile arise. As an example, we have a lot-for-lot item for which a replenishment exist which is consistent with demand profile. Now, the user changes a demand shipment date to an earlier date and the assumption...
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