One of the biggest problems with today’s supply chain is managing our overseas purchases and tracking those shipments. Since most of the goods are transported by containers, we need to be able easily track those containers so we can update our company needs and communicate and update our customers on availability of goods. Sage X3 allows us to do this by planning and managing the products shipped on containers.
The first step in the Logistics tracking of purchase orders from our international suppliers is to assign the purchase lines to a container. These purchase lines can come from several orders, sites and suppliers as long as they all belong to the same legal company.
Multiple PO lines from above are put on Freight Container. Here you can manage the PO lines along with managing the container and its capacity to best optimize amount of purchases and needed containers.
The next step in the logistics is to set up the Shipment. Within the Shipment, it is possible to help control the supply chain by planning for any possible shortages. The Shipment allows us to manage transport mode, the departure and arrival place, and departure and expected arrival date. As well as, managing costs associated with the shipping.
With X3 new web design it now makes it even easier to integrate external websites. In this case, we have integrated a Vessel tracking website (by easily adding a new tab to the shipment screen) that allows us to see the progress of the vessel on the seas and any incidents the vessel occurs. This was done by linking the Vessel MMSI#, which was given and documented on the Shipment.
The last step in the logistics chain is the Transport management. Here too, the departure dates and places along with arrival info can be captured. Also, any transport related incidents, any documents and tracking information can be captured.