The Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing module is a third-party software module for integration with Sage 200. It helps users to keep track of stock and organise orders within Sage 200, using all of the existing features that Sage 200 users are accustomed to, alongside Sicon’s useful additions that integrate barcodes. In this guide, we will run down what Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing is, its main features and where it can be used.
What is Sage 200
Sage 200 is a robust Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which includes core financials and commercials. Many businesses implement Sage 200 to streamline and centralise their processes. Included as standard is a range of core modules. Most of these come in both cloud and on-premise versions. Sage 200 is flexible in that users can choose which of these they want to implement as well as a range of third-party modules such as Sicon’s extensive range. These are all compatible with each other for centralised data processing for optimised business practice based on evidence and real-time data.
What is Sicon
Sicon is a third-party software developer who has been developing a wide range of Sage 200 modules for many years, aiming to optimise Sage 200’s existing capabilities to the industry specific needs of some organisations. Just some of their modules include:
- Material Planning
- Estimating and Capacity Planning
- Shop Floor Data Capture
- Job Costing
- Works Order Processing
- Barcoding and Warehousing
Some of these modules come bundled as part of industry specific solutions (such as Sicon Manufacturing) whereas others, like Barcoding and Warehousing, are optional extras, making their products highly adaptable and flexible. They have also developed a range of enhancements for Sage 200, aiming to take what is already a very comprehensive system and make it even more so.
Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing
Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing is a module from Sicon with a focus on stock management and stock movement. It can be integrated alongside core Sage 200 modules and other available Sicon modules. It provides a system for managing stock based on bar codes at serial and batch level, which can help warehouses to achieve quicker and more accurate stock picking, receiving, and despatching.
Working seamlessly within Sage 200, it provides real-time stock updates so that any other modules used by the business can benefit from consistently updated data about stock counts. It supports the Sicon Job Costing, Kitting and Works Order Processing modules for advanced assembly building, picking, returning, and issuing.
In addition, it can be used in conjunction with the Sicon Distribution Manager or Service Manager modules to pick and despatch Sicon Stock Transfers.
Features of Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing
With Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing, businesses can monitor, control and simplify their systems and processes, including adding stock, writing off stock and receiving returns. Stock allocating and issuing are simplified, resulting in improved efficiency and productivity because there is a single unified platform for better collaboration and agile manufacturing processes.
Orders that are received will be immediately connected to the stock and the required demand for it, meaning that the stock can be moved around the warehouse to where it is needed when it is required.
This makes identifying pre-allocations and putting stock away into new or existing bins easier, allowing picking and despatching to be streamlined within the warehouse. You can issue and return stock to internal areas and pick stock for transfer (even if it is allocated) and use it to fulfill demand in other areas such as Works Order Processing.
This makes it more straightforward to write off damaged stock and complete stock takes for both traceable and non-traceable items.
It is fully maintained and installed within Sage, and the Sage 200 report designer supports barcode formats as standard meaning integration is simple. Layouts are provided within the design to print barcode labels. The module will run on any Android-based device or your choice of a handheld barcode scanning device.
The Benefits of Sicon Barcoding and Warehousing
The module creates pre-allocations for purchase orders, raised to fulfill specific requirements such as Sales Order Shortages and Works Order Shortages. This means that downtime in the warehouse is reduced significantly as shortages are identified and acted on automatically.
Similarly, with demand monitored and stock centralised, it is much easier to update business practices accordingly, staying on top of popular stock trends and maximising profits. Because stock can be tracked more easily, productivity is increased because picking orders is more efficient and time is not spent manually looking for stock.
Data exchange between Sage 200 modules and Sicon modules is automatic with real-time updates fed directly to Sage 200 for all actions processed on the device used. This means that there are no external databases to set up, no synchronisation needed and no risk of out-of-date stock levels being used for vital decision-making. This saves a business vital time and money.
This is particularly beneficial in manufacturing and distribution warehouses. These industries handle a lot of stock on a daily basis and need a centralised way to manage this, even across multiple companies and warehouses on each device.
The interface is user-friendly and intuitive, so any employee can easily pick it up without the need for excessive training. With high functionality across a range of Sage 200 and Sicon modules and the range of devices that can be used for the application that vary in price, Barcoding and Warehousing can be implemented in a range of organisations no matter their budget or size.
Although it can be used without barcoding, this is a distinctive feature that makes it stand out. The benefits of implementing barcoding are that stock picking and stock receipt are made more efficient, and stock updates are actioned in Sage 200 with ease. The module can help users to create barcodes, understand where they could be used within their organisation and implement them as gradually as they see fit to reap a host of benefits.
Why choose Eventura to help deliver your Sage 200 project?
With two decades of Sage deployments under our belt, we are experts in delivering robust Sage 200 solutions that are meticulously designed to suit your specific business needs. We take a full 360-degree view of your business, and help you identify all of your requirements.
We have particular expertise in helping industries such as manufacturing, construction and warehousing and distribution, where we have helped create bespoke solutions that tackle industry specific needs.
Our team of expert business analysts, developers, consultants, technicians and support staff will guide you through your Sage 200 project from conception, through to deployment and ongoing support.
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