Boost Supply Chain Traceability: Amplify Tracing and Visibility

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a highly adaptable enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed to bolster traceability across diverse aspects of your business.

Traceability holds significant importance across various industries, including manufacturing, distribution, and retail, as it facilitates the monitoring of product, material, and information flow within the supply chain.

Here are some effective ways to harness Business Central’s traceability capabilities, out of the box or with Add-on apps, within your organisation:

Enhancing Inventory and Product Traceability:

  • Utilise Business Central to allocate unique serial numbers or lot numbers to products or components, allowing you to trace the origin and movement of each item in your inventory.
  • Incorporate barcode scanning or RFID technology to monitor product movement in real-time, with seamless integration into Business Central for live data capture.
  • Establish expiration date tracking for perishable goods, ensuring compliance with regulations and the ability to track shelf life.

Optimising Supplier and Vendor Traceability:

  • Maintain comprehensive supplier and vendor records within Business Central, encompassing contact details and performance history.
  • Create purchase orders linked to specific suppliers to trace the source of raw materials or products.
  • Benefit from additional apps available, such as certifications and vendor ratings, which enable supplier evaluation based on performance, thereby ensuring quality and reliability traceability.

Streamlining Production and Manufacturing Traceability:

  • Implement production order tracking to monitor real-time progress in manufacturing operations.
  • Document detailed information for each production step.
  • Trace the origins of components or ingredients used in the manufacturing process to enforce quality control and compliance.
  • Leverage advanced features available as extras to Business Central to record operator information and equipment used.

Maintaining Quality Control and Compliance: Apps available to work with Business Central allow you to:

  • Establish quality control procedures for tracking and documenting inspections, tests, and compliance checks.
  • Implement workflows enforcing quality control checks at various stages of production and supply chain processes.
  • Harness historical data and analytics to identify trends and areas for quality and compliance improvement.

Tracking Sales and Customer Traceability

  • Monitor customer orders and shipments to ensure precise delivery and order fulfillment
  • Maintain detailed customer profiles, including order history, preferences, and communication records.
  • Add on features available include customer feedback and analytics, to enhance product offerings and customer satisfaction.

Ensuring Financial Traceability:

  • Secure financial traceability by leveraging Business Central’s financial modules to track expenses, revenue, and transactions.
  • Implement audit trails and user permissions to monitor and regulate access to financial data.

Comprehensive Reporting and Analytics:

  • Harness the added capabilities of Power BI for generating traceability reports, including product traceability, quality control, and compliance reports.

By effectively utilising Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central and the wide range of available plug-ins, you can elevate traceability throughout your entire organisation, leading to improved quality control, compliance adherence, customer satisfaction, and operational efficiency. Furthermore, it aids in meeting regulatory requirements and enables swift responses to supply chain issues or recalls.

As a trusted Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Partner, Tecvia has a proven track record of developing and implementing ERP solutions for clients where traceability is a fundamental requirement.

To explore how this can be tailored to meet your organisation’s specific needs, reach out to our team today to schedule a consultation.

Author: Vaseem Ali

Author: Vaseem Ali

Vaseem ("Vas") is the Founder & CEO of Tecvia Ltd. He began his career as a Business Central Consultant over seven years ago.

Since, he's implemented hundreds of solutions across businesses throughout the UK, including many recognised household brands - even featuring in a video case study produced by Microsoft.

To connect with Vas, find him on LinkedIn.

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