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|Enabled for||Public preview||General availability|
|End users by admins, makers, or analysts||Aug 2, 2019||Mar 31, 2020|
This functionality introduces advanced, planned cross-docking where all of the inbound inventory required to satisfy an existing order can be moved directly to the correct outbound dock or staging area without being put away. All remaining inventory from the inbound source is directed to the correct storage location through the regular put-away process. Cross-docking allows workers to skip inbound put-away and outbound picking of inventory that is already marked for inclusion in an outbound order. The result minimizes the number of inventory touches where possible while saving time and space on the warehouse shop floor by reducing the number of interactions with the system.
The new cross-dock template enables users to specify the supply source and other requirements for cross-docking. The process of matching an outbound order to inbound inventory is called marking. On creating an outbound order, the user must mark each relevant line to match an inbound order that contains the required items. This process creates the cross-dock work order and can be done manually or automatically via release-to-warehouse. On receiving an inbound order, the cross-docking setup automatically identifies the need for a cross-dock and creates the movement work for the required quantity based on the location-directive setup.
The auto-release shipment feature builds on the cross-docking framework and supports a cross-docking strategy that lets you automatically release a sales or transfer order to the warehouse when the production order that supplies the demand quantity is reported as finished. In this way, the quantity required to fulfil the demand order is moved directly from the production output location to the outbound location.
Feature exploration (video)