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25 June 2014 by vsalaris

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Do you want to speed up and streamline operations, improve logistics flows productivity and reliability and simplify inventory tasks? WMS is the solution for you.

Edited by Marketing Department

Warehouse logistics is crucial for every company. It is in the warehouse that merchandise is received, allocated, sorted, ready to be shipped. In addition, the logistics processes speeding up, set forth by stock optimization and cost reduction logic, gives rise to the need of localising items clearly an rapidly. Proper management really makes a difference in terms of efficiency!
With this aim, the Warehouse Management System (WMS) is intended to manage goods transfer and putaway within the inventory, towards intermediate bins or towards the end user, including reception, storage, picking , shipping and warehouse planning. WMS is a cutting-edge logistics solution fully integrated with modules: so you are provided with a complete navigation between sale, purchase, storage and warehousing documents,  fully tracing the information flow. The WMS module is able to map your stock, because it adapts to any structure and company type. Work optimization is done by structuring the warehouse, according to a highly accurate, yet flexible multi-level logical hierarchy (storage, area, section and bin). Zones physically divide the storage into functional areas (for materials acceptance, quality control, storage, return, etc.). Each zone is divided into sections and bins characterized by real addresses, defined by a parameterized system of coordinates. By assigning priorities to different locations, WMS defines the optimal path.

For goods movement WMS provides you with a new type of entry called  Storage Mission. The storage missions are simple entries within the WMS that do not cause any type of slowing down in the management of the storage entries. The missions' independence from the inventory entries make the management more flexible and agile; you can group missions and assign them to one or more operators. In addition, WMS is designed to ensure total coherence with the warehouse balance and fiscal storage balance. This is achieved through the definition of areas (called Interim, which are not physical areas, but only logic) that acts as point of contact and verification of correspondence  between the two systems, in order to control specific situations, such as negative amount in specific zones.

The goods  reception phase addresses a number of needs, related to the fulfillment of your Purchase Orders, the verification of incoming material (which will be eventually sent to Quality Control or become returned material), the packing list generation, packing of the incoming material ready to be putaway  (i.e. pallets), or identification of the optimal putaway bins. WMS  goods receipt procedure is higly flexible in order to meet all possible organizational needs. The goods can be placed in a specific entrance area  or be putaway directly into the bins proposed by the system.
To that end, the system is able to take in consideration weight, capacity, and eventually  hazardous materials. Thanks to the "putaway strategy" WMS can identify the optimal bin in which the incoming goods are to be stored: firstly, the area is determined basing on its priority.  Hence, the bin is selected by applying one of the defined strategies (fixed bin per item, next empty bin, etc..). In addition, reading a unique structured bar code, the program is able to retrieve all the information about the item. WMS also allows a proper management of packaging types, even in combination. Alternative  measurement units (already found within modules, like items, boxes, etc..), are connected by a proportion relationship. The material positioned in each bin is characterized by the measurement unit (hence you can know that the 40 pieces of an item are composed by 3 boxes of 12 pieces and 4 loose items. During the Picking phase, the measurement unit requested will be suggested. Goods being putaway are often positioned in specific structures (pallets, cartons, etc.)., which are then transferred as storage units. WMS allows you to create and identify (throughout a special barcode) the storage units along with their transfer as a single unit, maintaining the traceability and identification of the goods contained within. Each storage unit can contain heterogeneous material which is then packed into further storage units.

For a precise identification and traceability,  goods placed in WMS are registered with a consistent number of attributes and details, useful both in the transfer and picking phases. Besides using the item code, the goods can be distinguished according to lot, measurement unit, stock type (i.e. subject to Quality Control, unusable, etc.) and possible assigning to third parties (e.g. client or suppliers material) and the Storage Unit in which the material is actually contained in. The availability analysis can therefore take in consideration that the material, also if positioned on rack, can not be picked because needing to be checked, or because deriving from a lot/s which was not requested.

One of the most frequent needs is to manage the supplying of the picking zones. More than often, in fact, not all available material can be kept in the most accessible point for picking, being stored instead elsewhere (i.e.: high racks, front square). To ensure top efficiency and a fast transfer of material, WMS provides you with tools that allow planning the supply of picking zones (the so-called "lowering") with a minimal stock management per bin and zone. Specific operation procedures allow to prepare the internal storage transfer orders and include also the possibility to disable or even block single bins or entire zones when they are in need of maintenance. WMS shipping preparation phase brings together the need to control and organize the storage and the need for a simple procedure to be performed in order to speed up the operations and minimise the error risk. Sales Orders are fulfilled, indicating the quantities defined as available for the order fulfillment and the quantities actually available; picking orders are created; the material actually picked, correcting or integrating the actual request; packaging is supported in its preparation shipping unit), with relating documents (i.e. packing list ); bill of ladings are prepared and relating transfer to warehouse of the unloaded consignment, too. Also in this phase, the system is able to determine automatically the optimal bin from which the merchandise is to be picked according to the set picking strategies(FIFO, lot expiry date, first stock available, etc..). The merchandise, once picked, will be positioned in an according issue zone. When the merchandise is ready in the goods issue zone, the packing operations can be accomplished. The Bill of lading document creation is automatic in correspondence to the  actually picked. Should you decide that not all the picked material is to be shipped (i.e. problems relating to space, weight, etc.), the goods will remain positioned in the issue area for a future shipment or placed on rack along with a specific mission.

The warehouse inventory is a key feature, since it allows you to keep under constant control the quantities that are effectively present within the storage, and eventually amending the latter. WMS includes different inventory management modalities, which can be enabled on a zone level.  The Periodic inventory performs a an overall control of the storage, while the' Continuous Inventory allows you to physically check the goods available for a limited zones and bins interval without hence requiring the stoppage of an entire Storage. This makes the procedure particularly fast.  

Here's how WMS satisfies the logistics needs of both sales&distribution, and manufacturing companies: the whole process is perfectly aligned with ERP, from the receipt of the goods in inventory all the way to the moment in which the goods are issued and shipped to the customers.

Streamline stocks, accurately enhances  inventory and check each item exact location: you can do everything in a simple and intuitive way thanks to WMS.

It does not end here: an in-depth analysis about the useful Mobile WMS module features it’s coming soon ... do not miss out next insights of Microarea Chronicles!
For even more information you can consult the Microarea Help & Information Center or visit the specific page dedicated to WMS.

Automation and customization? It's possible thanks to!

24 June 2014 by vsalaris


Vending machine sector has many and strong peculiarities. An  optimal business processes management  is vital, from production planning to order management. Thanks to, AM company has taken up and won the challenge.

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AM Automatic Machines has a decennial history in vending machines design and manufacturing, boasting a vast experience in industrial automation sector. AM is concerned with the entire industrialization cycle of dispenser machines;  the internal mechanical and electronics design allows AM to create strong customizations for specific sectors., along with Giga (Microarea Platinum referral Partner), has met a number of specific business needs, primarily related to products optional and combination, thanks to Configurator functionalities. The Configurator is in fact proposed as a solution both in production phase, and in the commercial one. On one hand, Configurator helps production department to define possible alternatives for products manifacturing (so that they are doable from  production point of view and convenient from the strategic /economic point of view). On the other hand, the configurator supports sales staff in the product offer composition, in order to make it consistent with technological constraints and with the ability to confirm price to the customer. At the same time BOM, commercial configuration and price lists are calculated. AM business model has then requested Giga to generate strong customizations, with special regard to customer orders management and customized commission calculation, besides the development of code and BOM generator.

Another crucial need for AM is production and outsourcing management. This need has been faced thanks to MRP module, essential to efficiently schedule recurring material orders, characterized by very long lead time. MRP analysis, supported by the specific wizard available for the user, takes in to account the raw materials to be purchased and the items to be produced, generating purchase and production orders and optimizing material storage and use. Supported by functionality, AM is able to plan production so that raw materials and semi-finished products supply are effectively carried out when required. MRP ensures to the company material availability in the right quantity and at the right time, taking into account ongoing production progress, inventory, market demand, production and supply lead time and sales forecasts, producing orders to meet demand.

AM is also extensively using EasyAttachment, document storage system that allows a real automatic documental archiving, both for store the documents produced by the management, and for acquisition of documents scanned with barcode management, as well as the documents related to orders and items.

Thanks to and supported by Giga, the Partner who looked after customization and all phases of product implementation, AM is now provided with a solution shaped on business needs, ensuring flexibility, ease of use, update and competitiveness.

AM is just one of the many stories of companies that achieved success thanks to optimized management: you can discover them all in the Microarea website specific section, to understand how has met the most varied business needs. Would you like to tell us your experience with ERP, please contact your referral reseller to propose a case history: your company could be the next success case!

Human Resources Management: Mass Market chooses Zucchetti solutions

19 June 2014 by vsalaris


Realities as Leroy Merlin and Bricocenter rely on Web Presence software in order to streamline processes related to presences management

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The needs of Mass Market companies are primarily represented by the need to independently and easily manage shifts planning and staff presence in individual stores and, at the same time, to standardize processes and activities for monthly presences definition.

Zucchetti has been able to meet these demands thanks to the specific vertical Web Presences, one of the solutions of Infinity Global Solution HR suite, dedicated to staff management. Web Presences has been selected by two major players in mass market such as Leroy Merlin and Bricocenter.

The two companies, continuing to expand, are characterized by strong organizational complexity, such as the opening of new stores and the integration of new acquisitions, together with the streamlining of processes related to presences data.

Zucchetti software has made Leroy Merlin and Bricocenter able to respond effectively to their needs, by decentralizing attendance activities directly to individual stores. Through a portal that allows to operate autonomously, each store is able to access the software database and the whole calculation part, installed on companies central servers. Each representative is able to view his employees data, directly acting on shifts planning and entering data for presence or absence. Web Presences has made it possible to manage extensions of time and / or contract changes (eg from part-time to fulltime) in relation to work organization.

The software main strengths are its  flexibility and strong customization possibilities, together with process automation. The result is an error reduction in business processes management.  The store employees can now entirely devote themselves to sales, instead of performing this repetitive and not profitable manual process.

Web Presences, along with HR Infinity suite, is the solution able to meet business needs as complex as that of the large-scale distribution, as evidenced by Leroy Merlin and Bricocenter. Learn more about the topic by referring to Web Presences dedicated page on Zucchetti Website. 3.9.9 and its e-invoicing turnkey services

6 June 2014 by vsalaris Service Pack 3.9 update to Service Pack 9  focuses on electronic invoicing in order to provide a reliable tool to cope with new provisions, mandatory at this time.  

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Few days ago, June 6, 2014, Electronic Invoicing to Public Administration became mandatory in Italy. Keeping this deadline in mind, 3.9 SP 9 was launched at the end of May: a specific release designed to give you the tools you need for a proper and timely update to the current legal framework.

In order to let you be up and running and align yourself with E-Invoicing protocols, 3.9.9 introduces the new FEPAConnector module, designed to connect with the PA Electronic Invoicing Zucchetti program.
FEPAConnector is an efficient and safe solution: the module had to pass a complex series of demanding tests, carried out at some pilot companies prior to release, in order to guarantee total reliability.

Let's briefly see which are the solutions at your disposal to meet all the needs of new legal obligations. Electronic invoice must be traceable and safe, as well as recognizable as authentic. This is guaranteed by a unique identification code (shown in IPA, Index of Public Administration) of the invoice recipient office and by affixing the digital signature of invoice issuer. In addition you will have to keep all documents sent in electronic format by electronic storage. In this way documents will be equivalent to those on paper, allowing you to reduce costs associated to traditional storage. external procedure implemented by the Zucchetti PA Electronic Invoicing software allows you to create and send digitally signed e-invoices to the Exchange System, that is the only channel allowed to  transmit  to Public Administration (Exchange System, Italian SDI, is  the IT system able to receive invoices as XML file, check received file and submit invoices to Government recipients, then releasing transmission receipts). The solution is natively integrated with Zucchetti document management and storage system (SOS Infinity), able to complete the whole business documents dematerialization cycle.

From its side, the new 3.9.9 FEPAConnector module allows you to connect to Zucchetti PA Electronic Invoicing software, in a simple and automatic, yet customizable way.
The link between and PA Electronic Invoicing is handled by FEPAConnector with two separate procedures; in this way it is guaranteed a two-way dialogue with the public administration system, both to send invoices and to receive related documents (successful transmission and reception confirmation). outputs invoices for PA, so you can extract them in order to control and eventually select them individually. Zucchetti PA Electronic Invoicing manages subsequent phases (invoices digital signature, sending and electronic storage); always allows you to know invoices status, thanks to the direct connection to PA Electronic Invoicing database.

Thanks to FEPAConnector you can customize in detail the invoices communication to the PA Electronic Invoicing software, issued by, manage attachments saved with EasyAttachment in order to transmit them with invoices, as well as view and print documents to be sent / sent to PA Electronic Invoicing software using  specific filters.
The new 3.9.9 module allows you also to specify additional data, typical of PA Invoices, both to indicate the Public Administration reference codes, and to define whether the invoices should be sent in electronic format. It is possible that a certain public category still accepts paper invoices (for some institutions, such as the local ones, the duty will be triggered in 2015).

FEPAConnector assists you by automatically updating document status while PA Electronic Invoicing software is sending to the Exchange System: the invoice is shown as unsent, to be validated, validated, generated, signed, sent, etc..

In essence, the new FEPAConnector module introduced by 3.9.9 release allows you to delegate to PA Electronic Invoicing solution all the invoices transmission flow, in an easy and accurate way thanks to a perfect product alignment. 3.9.9 with FEPAConnector module makes it easy a very complex process: an operative simplification that is also reflected in the ease of use and really user-friendly setup, achievable in few steps. To implement the module in a simple and safe way, provides you with a handy quick start guide, or the 10 simple steps to follow to successfully install the integration. You can find  this brief and detailed guide in Microrea Help & Information Center section 10 steps to prepare yourself to electronic invoicing to the Public Administration.

Download now 3.9 SP9  and touch with your hand FEPAConnector benefits and convenience! As always, downloading the 3.9.9 release of is free of charge for all users who have subscribed and maintained the Microarea Live Update service. To subscribe MLU, please contact Microarea International Sales Department. We kindly recommend you to get in touch with your referral reseller in order to properly update your

You can easily get more information about 3.9.9 and FEPAConnector by reading release notes in Microarea website Private area and consulting Help & Information center section dedicated to the new module.

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