Reasons to use warehouse management in Business Central


For companies that process items, it is important to keep the handling cost of items as low as possible. By setting up and using warehouse functions in Business Central, users can handle items in the warehouse more efficiently.

Use bins

With a warehouse management system, users can find the best place to store an item and from where to pick them, ultimately saving time and increasing the level of performance in a warehouse.

Use warehouse documents

In Business Central, you can manage a full sales process and purchase process from a sales order and purchase order, meaning that you can create new orders, ship and receive items, and post the invoice.

Screenshot of the Sales Order window details.

This approach might benefit smaller organizations, but for larger companies that have people working in the warehouse, this approach might be unfavorable. Without dedicated warehouse documents at their disposal, warehouse employees must perform tasks from sales and purchase orders; though, these documents don't include the features that are required in a warehouse. For example, putting away an item on two bins also requires two lines for the item on a purchase order.

With warehouse documents, people in the warehouse can perform their tasks by using dedicated documents that include features such as splitting lines, changing the unit of measure, breaking bulk items, and so on.

Diagram of Sales order, Warehouse shipment, and Sales invoice.

On the Warehouse FastTab of the location card, you can configure if you want to use bins for a location and which warehouse documents that you want to use. Warehouse Management System, the most advanced way of setting up warehousing in Business Central, uses bins and all available warehouse documents. The following units explain how to set up a warehouse management system in Business Central.