After careful preparation we can now announce that the logistic functionality for Exact Online is commercially available. This is a solution targeting wholesalers/traders who are eager to work with an online (Saas-) solution for purchasing, stock keeping and selling at item level. No longer will you be tied to a single computer or network, but your (logistics) administration will be with you 24/7 from any place in the world.
I have been involved with the development of the functionality for logistics from the very first moment, so I hope you will understand that I consider this launch as an important milestone. Our goal has been to develop a product that of course fits into the Exact Online product, is fast and simple to use and supports the basic logistics operations. Don’t underestimate the power of this solution though. The sales process is covered from quotation entry to sales order and from goods delivery to invoice handling. The purchase process is more or less a mirror process from the sales functionality. A clear parallel between purchase and sales is that we have recognized a planning (an order) a flow of goods (goods receipts/deliveries) and a financial flow (sales and purchase invoices). From inventory point of view we have created a clear view on the actual stock positions (with the nice benefit of using hyperlinks for every figure that is displayed) and we do provide support for making physical and/or financial stock corrections. Not bad for a start don’t you think?
Also a good thing is that we have used our expertise of previous/other product lines as well and have built a good foundation for future extension. We will work towards the next release (planned for October 2011) and have plans to extend our offering with purchasing (+ drop shipment) based on demand (sales orders), look at extension of sales pricing and of course many other new features. Be aware that many features are also build on customer feedback. This can be both small features (an extra filter or a field on the layout) and bigger features (e.g. integration with a web shop). You are more than welcome to give your response as we will continue to build new functionality in the logistic area.
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