What is NetSuite Inventory Management?
NetSuite Inventory Management provides a single, real-time view of inventory across all locations and sales channels, allowing businesses to reduce inventory on hand to free up cash while avoiding stockouts. By optimizing inventory levels and ensuring product availability across multiple channels, NetSuite Inventory Management helps businesses keep inventory costs low while exceeding customer expectations.
Automate Inventory Tracking
Relying on spreadsheets or pen and paper to track inventory is neither efficient nor accurate. With NetSuite, your business can easily track inventory across multiple locations by automating inventory management in one unified solution.
I needed an inventory management system where everything is traceable. In NetSuite, I can see related records and every activity associated with a particular order — at the detail level — for auditing. Now we have valid, documented steps of what happened [with any given order].
NetSuite Inventory Management Benefits
NetSuite Inventory Management Features
NetSuite Inventory Management gives you the ability to predefine fulfillment rules to eliminate multiple shipments for a single order and avoid excess shipping charges.
With visibility into stock across all locations, you can proactively monitor stock levels and sell through, transferring inventory between locations as necessary to ensure inventory availability and minimize obsolete inventory. Sales associates are empowered to save potential lost sales in out-of-stock situations with enterprise-wide inventory availability that allows them to transfer, hold or ship items directly to the customer.
Fluctuations in demand, seasonality, supply chain logistics and a product’s natural life cycle must be accounted for to ensure sufficient stock on hand. Using demand-based replenishment, NetSuite Inventory Management uses historical and seasonal sales data, average lead time and number of inventory days’ of supply to dynamically manage item reorder points and maintain preferred stock levels. NetSuite automatically generates tasks and alerts and sends them to the purchasing manager.
NetSuite Smart Count is an inventory cycle counting solution that enables organizations to improve the efficiency and accuracy of inventory management by automating inventory counts without freezing transactions in the entire location. The inventory level used for the count is taken at the time the count starts for each individual item. Smart Count keeps track of transactions that happen for the items being counted, and if there is any activity during the count, NetSuite automatically alerts counters so they can react appropriately. Preferences allow administrators to choose what happens if the on-hand quantity changes for an item during the count process.
NetSuite Inventory Management lets you back and forward trace inventory using lot and serial tracing. Lot-numbered items track the quantity and specific cost for each lot as products are purchased and produced. Serializing inventory allows you to choose a specific item when you fulfill an order. Together, lot and serial numbers let you define fulfillment strategies (such as first expiring, first out) , minimizing waste and ensuring inventory is used in the most efficient way.
Bin management and defining your merchandise hierarchy also help with traceability. Matrix items track products by options such as size and color. Updates made to the parent item are automatically applied to sub-items, greatly simplifying SKU management.
The Item 360 Dashboard brings together all relevant information related to an item in a single, centralized location. By putting all the information a user could need on any item in one place inventory planning and management become easier to do. Item 360 goes beyond the basics to show information like user-selected KPls, inventory count by location and projected stock levels, with alerts for anticipated shortages or overstocks.
Challenges NetSuite Inventory Management Solves
Faster Time to Value
NetSuite has packaged the experience gained from tens of thousands of worldwide deployments over two decades into a set of leading practices. These practices pave a clear path to success and are proven to deliver rapid business value and get you live on NetSuite in a predictable timeframe. Intelligent, stepped implementations begin with sales and span the entire customer lifecycle, so there’s continuity from sales to services to support.
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