Replenish inventory overview


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Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2, Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack

The topics in this section provide information about how to replenish inventory.

Set up replenishment hierarchies

Set up replenishment rules

Set up replenishment service categories

Use cross docking to distribute products

Use buyer's push to distribute products

Typically, replenishment is performed at the head office. You can replenish the inventory at stores by using two methods:

  • Cross-docking – Create transfer orders that are based on purchase orders.

    The term cross-docking originated in distribution warehouses. At these warehouses, trucks arrive on one side of the loading dock, the shipments are unloaded and reorganized by destination, and then the shipments are loaded onto outgoing trucks on the other side of the loading dock.

  • Buyer's push – Create original transfer orders.


If the stores being distributed to are in another legal entity, sales orders and purchase orders are created.

For both methods, you can specify one of three distribution methods:

  • Distribution based on location weight

  • Distribution based on replenishment rules

  • Distribution of a fixed quantity to all stores

Before you can use either cross-docking or buyer's push to replenish inventory, you should set up the following elements:

  • Organization hierarchy

  • Replenishment rules

  • Service categories

Forms for the Replenishing inventory business process component

The following table lists the forms that support the Replenishing inventory business process component. The table entries are organized first by task, and then alphabetically by the name of the form that is used.


To open some of the forms in the following table, you must enter information or parameter settings.

Business process component task

Form name


Set up replenishment.

Organization hierarchies

Create a hierarchy for a retail organization.

Organization hierarchy purposes

Assign a purpose to the retail organization hierarchy.

Replenishment rules

Set up replenishment rules.

Service category

Set up service categories.





Planned cross docking

Create cross-docking to create transfer orders for existing purchase orders.




Allocate inventory.

Buyer's push

Create transfer orders to distribute inventory among stores and warehouses.