Take control of your remote warehouses
Now you can get real-time control over your inventory that is stored in all of your remote warehouses, with a browser, from anywhere in the world.
Zone1Warehouses (Z1W) is a secure web-platform that connects Producers, Importers, Exporters and Warehouse Operators in a secure trading relationship that gives all parties visibility and transaction control of product stored in remote warehouses.
Product Owners have dash-board control over one-to-many warehouses which can be located anywhere in the world. Product Owners can control the shipments and movements of their products with a web connection and a browser. Everything is accomplished in real-time and every detail is accounted for and all activity is visible to all authorized stakeholders.
How it works
In each warehouse a HP “e-Print” Printer is connected to the warehouse’s WiFi. This technology allows the printers to be connected to WiFi to the cloud. You simply enter the printer’s email address into the Z1W site. That’s it. Your printer is connected and ready to go. No complex IT infrastructure or support required. We call these web-connected printers “Magic-Printers”. They are simply amazing.
Next, you load your inventory for each warehouse into the system. Now you’re ready to manage everything.
Shipping made easy
Let’s say you want to ship product from the warehouse in Napa to one of your customers. Simply choose “Napa” from your list of your connected warehouses. You then see a display of up-to-the-minute inventory balances. Next select the products, quantities and your customer’s ship-to location and press “Ship”. Instantly the Magic-Printer, in the warehouse you selected, prints the picking list, packing list and delivery label. (Optionally a scan gun transaction is also loaded so picking may be done with a gun instead of paper.)
The warehouse staff then uses the pick/ship documents to pick and ship the product. Automatically, inventory is updated, tracking logs are created, shipping documents are prepared and your product is on the way. No emails, no faxes, no phone calls, no stock-status checks required. All of the traditional complexity is simply eliminated and doesn’t exist. But what DOES exist is a complete on-line audit trail of everything that happened. Time, dates, and staff actions are all logged automatically, giving you visibility into every detail.
Restocking without errors
Restocking products to the warehouse is just as easy. You select the “Re-stock” function in Z1W with your browser then select the target warehouse, products and quantities you wish to ship out for restocking. A Picking/Packing form prints on your own Magic-Printer. You then ship the product along with the Picking/Packing Form.
When the shipment arrives at the selected warehouse, the same Picking/Packing Form Number is entered into Z1W (or scanned) by the warehouse receiving staff. This automatically references the shipment details you created and builds and prints a Put-Away Form complete with the exact product and quantity details along with the correct warehouse location for storage. Scan guns are optional here of course. The warehouse can use the scan gun to take a photo of the received items and attach the image to the receiving record. You can instantly view the image on your portal and see the condition of the items received.
The inventory is verified “received” and if any adjustments are needed, they are noted in the system by the receiving staff. You instantly see and discrepancies at your end and can take immediate action to resolve any problems. However the vast majority of the time, there are no discrepancies so your product simply flows into inventory at the remote warehouse without the possibility of data-entry errors. And you can see it all from wherever you’re located, in real-time as it happens. You have complete visibility of your product during every step of the process.
If you do product kitting (assembly or bundling various items) Z1W supports multi-level assembly and kitting of items. See Kitting.
Payment for Services
Because all of the activity is directed and tracked within Z1W, fees for warehouse services are computed from the actual activity performed. A complete audit trail exists so when it comes time to pay for services, all activity details are easily and automatically reconciled. You simply review and authorize the payment then the Z1W settlement system initiates payments to the warehousing service provider using your selected payment method. Of course, all payment details are logged providing you with complete visibility of that activity as well.
Summary & Get in touch
Z1W makes it easy to do business with remote warehouses and maintain complete control of your product inventory. These warehouses become an extension of your own business processes and they react to your needs in real-time.
You get better control of your inventory, hands-on control of the activity, visibility into activity as it’s happening, tight control of processes, automatic auditing of invoices for services, automatic settlement, and one platform for all warehouses. What could be easier?
It’s easy for the warehouse operators too. See how it works for the Warehouse.