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On March 16th, Logiqstar 5.1 on Dynamics NAV 2017 will be released. Since the last release we have optimized the user interface and experience. Keeping Dynamics 365 in mind we made several adjustments, since the next release will be the upgrade towards Logiqstar 365.

Eventually Logiqstar will become a full Azure Cloud Solution: easy to implement, easy to use and available anywhere, on any device.

TECHNOLOGICAL & USER INTERFACE IMPROVEMENTS

As a result of focusing on improving the user experience and technological improvements, we proudly announce Logiqstar 5.1. Lift your logistics to a whole new level.

Bugfixes, updates towards functionality & GUI

To enhance the user experience and to meet the Microsoft standards, we made numerous general bugfixes and small functionality updates such as:

  • An updated filter pane on the Picking and Inventory Overview page. The filter fields page is changed from a card page to a filter list page. It still builds the filters dynamically, but a user can influence the filter values in a faster and more efficient way. This change also improves the performance of these pages;
  • An Inventory Reservation Update Log is created to track Inventory Management reservation updates activities;
  • The possibility to pick a goods line automatically when the Insert Freight function is used in Inventory Outbound & Transformation documents.

 

In order to enhance your user experience even more, we also made numerous GUI updates on page fields, column fields, FastTabs, FactBoxes, actions and page.

Performance updates

To improve the user experience even more, we made several performance updates. The most important ones are:

  • An improved “build document with data” function on the Customs Document Task in order to increase the efficiency of the Customs department;
  • The Operational order and tasks are physically split into 2 tables to improve the performance within Order Management user actions;
  • An update of the Transport Registration Task pages so it opens and loads faster;
  • An improved “Create Document” function for a faster Document Template generating towards Microsoft Office Word and Excel;
  • An enhanced Inventory Overview page which allows users to find stock ledgers more easily;
  • An update of the Order Goods Page for a faster data entry.

NEW FEATURES

Besides technological and user interface improvements, Logiqstar 5.1 comes with several new functionalities.

The VAT Product Posting Group Combination Set-up is extended to work with the Cost side, and not only with Revenue side. This allows the user to set up VAT codes for different departure and destination places in order to automatically calculate the correct VAT percentage on cost budget entries.

Since Logiqstar can be used with one operational company and multiple financial companies, we improved the Approval Entries from within the Operational Company. It offers users the possibility to switch between companies in order to improve the financial actions such as purchase invoices. Thanks to our new release a user can view and approve these entries easily.

Logiqstar 5.1 also offers the possibility to use our current Data Exchange Jobs to upload or download files over an FTP connection.

Furthermore we extended the Dangerous goods functionality to allow users more flexibility within the master related data and throughout the order process. From now on it’s possible to define UN Numbers and details directly on the Order goods lines. Hereby an overview of the optimizations that are made:

 

  • UN Numbers, classes, divisions, labels and descriptions are extended with the possibility to import the official UN Number Excel sheet;
  • Operational Items can be linked to a UN Number and the Operational Item Overview is highlighted with a Dangerous goods indicator. It offers the user a visual indicator when working with dangerous goods;
  • The Order Goods Pages are updated with UN Number. It allows a user to select or overrule the defaulted UN Number from Operational Item when creating order goods lines. It’s no longer mandatory to create an Operational Item per UN Number first, from now on the UN Number can be defined on the Order Goods line directly;
  • Our EDI Shipment & Inventory Transaction Messages are updated with Dangerous Goods fields on Goods level in order to allow a more flexible communication on dangerous goods;
    Inventory Management Tasks and Stock tables are updated with Dangerous Goods fields and a visual indicator. This way a user is always aware about the fact that he is working with dangerous goods.

In the past it wasn’t possible to use the Logiqstar Customs Warehouse Module without the Customs Declaration Documents module. Reason: only with a customs document a user is able to create or write off customs markers of a specific customs warehouse type. Therefore a customer outsourcing their customs documents wasn’t able to consult the related warehouse transactions. This obstacle is fixed with Logiqstar 5.1.

We created a New Customs Instruction Task which allows a customer to work with the Customs Warehouse module without making the Customs Declarations himself. Thanks to the new task a customer will be able to send a customs instruction order to a third party company. Once you receive detailed information – such as MRN number – from the third party, the task can be updated and confirmed. After confirming the task Customs Markers and Marker Lines will be created automatically.

NEW MODULE: SCANNING

The demand for an integrated real time scanning of the inventory transactions to increase warehouse efficiency, was growing. Therefore we extended our current Inventory Management module with real time Scanning. To offer a full integration, we have chosen for SDT Informatics as our strategic partner to digitalize the warehouses for our customers. SDT is not only active in the retail, food, chemical or production industry but has a wide range of customers in Transport & Logistics.

Extensions

The scanning module works on a real time base, directly over webservices. Due to this connection the scanner immediately indicates which goods were scanned. The following extensions are created to allow a full automated warehouse process of incoming and outgoing goods, or to make manipulations inside the warehouse:

  • Physical Inventory Property setup is extended with a scanning management setup. Once flagged, the Inventory Management expects Barcode numbers to be used in the Internal Stock Reference field;
  • Within the Scanning Commodity Group Setup it’s possible to define the information, the captions of fields and values you want to send to the scanner itself. This makes the definition of the scanner pages more flexible and variable;
  • The Scanning Management Setup offers you the possibility to set-up a more flexible way of working within the inventory process;
  • The Scanning Log allows you to monitor or track all scan transactions;
  • The BarTender software offers you the possibility to specify/create variable barcode label templates, indicates the correct label printers automatically and enables you to print barcode labels from within:
    • Inbound Order and Transformation Order documents
    • Warehouse, Zone, Location and Bin Location Setup

Scanning Process

The scanning process works in two directions:

  • The Back Office sends Inbound, Transformation or Outbound Order Tasks. The warehouse employee first scans the barcode of a paper order document. After that, for example, he starts scanning incoming barcodes and locations. As a result: Inbound, Transformation or Outbound Confirmations are created including Final Stock lines. Good to know: the system provides an overview of what was or wasn’t scanned.
  • A warehouse employee scans goods without an order document from Back Office. The scan fills and processes the Inventory Journal directly in the system, for example the split of a pallet or a change of location.

Scanning features

To provide a fully integrated two-way Scanning module. We developed the following features:

For a Back Office order:

  • Inbound Order : scan incoming goods;
  • Picking Order : scan from a Warehouse Location to a Ship Lane in order to prepare an Outbound Order;
  • Outbound Order : scan outgoing goods ;
  • Manipulation Order : scan goods for manipulation.
For warehouses to scan immediately (without an order document):

  • New Physical Unit Split : split goods on a pallet into a new pallet;
  • Existing Physical Unit Split : split or move goods from one existing pallet to another;
  • Change Physical Unit Location : change the location of goods;
  • Scan Physical Unit : scan goods and show detailed information of the pallet. If necessary the pallet label can be printed.

Curious about our new release or eager to know which modules are applied to your logistics business?

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