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ACCPAC International , a subsidiary of Computer Associates International, has released version 3.4 of its ACCPAC Warehouse Management System (WMS) designed for small and mid-size businesses (SMBs).

With ACCPAC WMS version 3.4, warehouse managers have more detailed inventory information to speed up the "pick, pack and ship" process, improving overall productivity, while reducing costly inventory-related mistakes. Major enhancements in this latest version include optimised kitting, improved serialised inventory control, new bill of lading and manifest tracking features, time-saving inventory replenishment and picking tools and additional security features.

The ACCPAC Warehouse Management System is a Web and handheld device-based, single-source "pick, pack and ship" solution. It is fully integrated with ACCPAC Advantage Series and ACCPAC Pro accounting systems and other ACCPAC end-to-end business management applications. It improves inventory control, reduces paperwork, increases stock handling efficiency and accuracy and provides customer-facing employees with an up-to-date window on warehouse operations that significantly improves customer relations.

Using ACCPAC WMS version 3.4, products that are made from a combination of components in inventory can now be set up as a Kit and be picked, packed, shipped and tracked as a single stock-keeping unit (SKU). This feature is optimised to support attribute control and fractional quantities, providing warehouses with the ability to track the quantity of each Kit component in stock, how many built Kits are in inventory, and the configuration status of partially assembled Kits, all in real-time. Kit configuration set-up screens are available.

ACCPAC WMS version 3.4 provides enhanced attribute control and serial number support that allows for better serial stock-move operations and validation within the warehouse. As a result, inventory mistakes are reduced and tracking efficiency is improved. Cycle count by serial numbers is included, enabling the distribution centre or warehouse to assign cycle counts to specific serial numbers and allowing for full management of inventory by serial numbers. Products can be verified in all locations where the serialised inventory is stored.

Users can now meet shipping requirements for Less Than Truck Load (LTL) quantities in their bills of lading manifests. This key new feature is especially valuable for distribution centres that frequently ship partial loads, an option that is not supported by many other warehouse automation systems. With ACCPAC WMS version 3.4, companies can ship and track any size shipment once the carrier is selected, eliminating unnecessary delays.

ACCPAC WMS 3.4 offers two new replenishment features that enable warehouse managers to better manage reallocation and replenishment of inventory. The new advance replenishment by minimum and maximum feature provides real-time visibility of unallocated inventory, resulting in more efficient stock level management. The advance replenishment by velocity feature gives users the ability to track the timeframe in which inventory is turned over. Both of these new features provide warehouse managers with the ability to forecast inventory depletion to ensure continuous availability of goods to their customers.

In addition, ACCPAC WMS 3.4 supports "supermarket picking," which enables warehouse pickers to efficiently fill multiple orders simultaneously and dramatically reduce picking time. Pickers can now select items for multiple orders in a single run, load them on a cart, then leave all orders at the packing station where the packer can use a radio frequency (RF) scanner to direct placement of items in their respective cartons. This process can be managed using a simple touch screen, and is useful for high-volume warehouses and distribution centres.

ACCPAC WMS version 3.4 incorporates new menu options to enable users to set up new, custom features within their system, including advanced security. In addition, warehouse administrators now have more control and flexibility over selecting and configuring permissions access within their system.

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