FILLRATE100 helps making one decision: what to send to where and when.
SKU - stock keeping unit, is the term to refer to each specific product. And location is where the SKUs are stored. When we use one unit of an SKU, because we sold it or because we consumed it, we will call that consumption.
For each location, we need the list of SKUs that are going to be stored. FILLRATE100 will keep records for each SKU-Location.
We need to configure basic data for each SKU-Location. To do this, we prepare a spreadsheet with the relevant data and we upload it, as seen in this video:
If we have data to estimate consumption, we can use it. Otherwise, make your best estimation. Anyway buffers will be adjusted according to actual consumption (see Buffer Management).
The rule is that the buffer is the minimum amount that we would need to satisfy the maximum expected consumption within replenishment time.
Replenishment time is a combination between supply time and order lead time.
Supply time is the time from replenishment order and reception of goods.
Order lead time is the time between one replenishment order and the next.
Supply time is three days and order lead time is one day. Replenishment time is three days.
Supply time is three days and order lead time is seven days. Replenishment time is seven days.
If there is data for daily consumption for the last 3 to 6 months, we can calculate the moving sum for days equal to replenishment time. The maximum of that series is our buffer.
On Hand is the available stock at the location. Transit is the stock already commited to arrive to the location.
The description in the following video:
The daily operation with FILLRATE100 follows two steps:
Upload updated status: on hand and transit.
Generation of replenishment orders.
NOTE: FILLRATE100 is set to automatic buffer management by default, therefore all adjustments to buffers (increasing and decreasing) are done in the background and you just replenish according to the crrent buffers. In special circumstances, the administrator may want to switch to manual buffer management and accept or reject suggestions manually. This operation is not explained in this tutorial but only included in the corresponding manual.
The procedure is shown in the following video:
These orders have the same color as the corresponding SKU at the location which is the destination when the order is completed.
Some considerations regarding these orders:
2) For Purchase Orders, if uploaded, the team can see what suppliers to reach out to avoid possible stock outs.
3) The total quantity in Replenishment Orders for an SKU-location is what you should put in transit. However, FILLRATE100 does not automatically calculate this because you may want to include only a partial list of Replenishment Orders to help your teams. And besides, you have to upload transit for all locations without a work order or a purchase order. These two set of data are uploaded independently so no mistakes can be derived from calculations made with the wrong assumptions about your operation.
You can see how to upload the data and how to use it to make decisions in the following video:
There are some parameters that the designated administrator in your organization can adjust to fit your particular needs:
Percentage of reds to consider Too Much Red - TMR within a replenishment time. The default is 60.
Percentage of greens to consider Too Much Green - TMG within a replenishment time. The default is 85.
Whether adjustments are automatically or manually accepted. Default is manual (not checked). When this parameter is set to automatic, you will never see any suggested changes, however the history of all changes will be recorded.
Number of days to keep history. Default is 360 days:
Color history: an automatic process records colors every 12 hours.
Buffer adjustments: an automatic process looks for suggestions every 24 hours.
Dashboard: an automatic process records data per location once everyday.