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Business Central: Helpful innovations for sales, warehouse and logistics

The improvements and optimizations of the current Dynamics 365 Business Central version also include some helpful new features, which especially optimize the workflow in sales, warehouse and logistics.

The features particularly concern the processing of services and articles without stock, article references and package tracking.

Default unit cost for non-inventory items

Services and non-inventory items are always associated with costs that can have a direct impact on profits. These costs can rise or fall rapidly certain changes of circumstances given. In order to be able to react quickly in such a case or to avoid manual updates, default values can be specified in Business Central since the current version.

The default values are then used for new sales, assembly and production documents, for example. The default unit cost for services and non-inventory items can be updated and kept up to date on the “Item” and “Stockkeeping Unit” pages.

Default cost unit in Business Central
Setup of a default cost unit in Business Central (Source: Microsoft)

Using Longer Item References

Efficient article numbering can be enormously helpful for a productive supply chain. In order to identify which items have been purchased by vendors or sold to customers, Business Central provides the ability to send sales and purchase orders with their own item numbers. For this purpose, an article reference can be set up between the article description in the system and the description of the customer or vendor. When a sales or purchase document is created, the field “Item Reference No.” can be filled automatically and the item description of the customer or vendor can be added to the document automatically.

Since more and more companies are using online channels to sell their products, the article references used are often quite long (e.g. GTINs or GUIDs with more than 30 characters). Business Central now allows the use of longer article references.

Long item reference in Business Central
Long item reference in Business Central (Source: Microsoft)

Tracking for more types of sales documents

Information about where an order is located is a matter of course for many customers nowadays. Those who offer comprehensive customer service therefore usually want to offer their customers the corresponding tracking and tracing. To provide broader and therefore faster access to the parcel tracking information of the respective transport company, the package tracking feature in Business Central is now available for more types of sales documents. In addition to the “Posted Sales Shipment” page, the tracking function is therefore now also available on the “Posted Sales Invoice”, “Posted Sales Credit Memo” and “Posted Return Receipt” pages.

Advanced tracking in Business Central
Advanced tracking in Business Central (Source: Microsoft)


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