We’re Logistics Software Experts

We’re experts in logistics helping you improve your business by implementing logistics software. Unfortunately many logistics systems are implemented by finance specialists and IT generalists who rely on the customer to tell them what they want, but often the customer does not understand what they really need and the end result is disappointing or at worst, a failure that does permanent damage to the company reputation.

You can avoid disappointment by getting help from logistics experts for your logistics operations. We curate the best software and implement it to get the best possible result for you based on the best and proven logistics practices of big business.

Warehouse Management

Get control of your warehouse with a fast, accurate and scalable solution to manage stock and order fulfillment.

Inventory Management

Understand and manage your inventory better with improved order management, costing and pricing.

 

Inventory Planning

Take the guess work out of deciding how much stock to buy and accurately match your supply to your demand.

Freight Management

Get your goods to your customer on time, at the lowest cost and tracked all the way.

Don’t let your warehouse hold you back any longer.

For too long full featured Warehouse Management Systems have been available only to big business. We have been working towards changing that for some years now. Cloud software has brought sophisticated capabilities to small businesses with many options for web stores, accounting and inventory management that rival big business systems from a few years ago.

But highly capable warehouse systems have until now been the missing piece of the business software puzzle. Small and medium businesses often have operations with similar and even more complex needs than big business and the simplified functionality for warehouse management in inventory systems and entry-level WMS are just inadequate.

Logistics Cloud Co. WMS is a full-featured cloud-hosted WMS that provides big business WMS functionality to small and medium businesses in a low-cost multi-tenant cloud platform or a dedicated instance for complex and large scale warehouse operations. You can start simple yet also add as much sophistication as you need as your business grows.

LCC-WMS

The Logistics Cloud Co. Warehouse Management System is designed to manage the flow of stock into, around and out of your warehouse. Unlike inventory systems and ERPs which are primarily designed to manage cash flow and financial reporting.

The LCC WMS has two components:

  1. The Administration User Interface (Admin UI) where you configure the system and manage the receiving and shipping transactions. The Admin UI is optimised for the Chrome browser and is usually accessed by the warehouse managers and supervisors.
  2. The Mobile User Interface is used by the warehouse staff who are receiving, moving and shipping stock. The Mobile UI runs in the Chrome browser or the Android App. The Mobile UI is responsive to different screen sizes and works on desktop PCs, tablets, handheld industrial scanners running Android OS or even your phone. The mobile workflows are simple step by step processes designed to support a physical process such as receiving, putaway, replenishment and picking. There is a workflow for every physical process related to handling stock in a warehouse.
LCC-WMS – FAST – ACCURATE - SCALABLE

Fast. The WMS designed for efficient warehousing.

The LCC WMS manages the six key activities of warehousing

Receive
Get stock into your warehouse fast by confirming the receipt as you check the goods.

  • Print item labels when stock has no barcode
  • Receive by Inbound order or Inbound Delivery (Advance Shipping Notice)
  • Ad Hoc receiving of stock without an inbound document
  • Receive stock to Licence Plate No. (LPN) for ease of movement and tracking

Move

  • Directed Putaway of stock lets you control where the stock is stored in your warehouse; no more searching for empty slots.
  • Staff can over ride the suggested location when they need to for cross docking and special orders.
  • Move many items at once with one scan of the LPN
    Control putaway by using item dimensions and weight or use simple putaway strategies
  • Optimise your warehouse and create moves to direct staff to relocate stock to more efficient locations when re-slotting
    Store by LPN for non-barcoded stock and scan the LPN for moves and picking

Replenish

  • Set up fixed pick locations for fast moving products to reduce travel distance and handling during picking
  • System directed replenishment moves keep your pick locations full.

Pick

  • Pick many orders in each pass through the warehouse to reduce travel distance and time to pick each order
  • Multi-Order picking picks several orders at once and directs the sort to each order carton or tub
  • Multi-Batch picking picks many orders at once and directs the sorting to sub-batches in tubs.
  • Each tub is sorted to individual order at the packing bench
  • Pick to label allows fast and efficient case picking of many small orders for case quantities.
  • Single order picking is for large orders

Ship

  • Connect with your freight system to create consignments and print shipping labels on demand during the packing process.

Count

  • Resolve stock discrepancies discovered during picking using system generated cycle counts.
  • Keep you inventory clean with cyclic stocktakes to count small sections of your warehouse every day
  • Manage full warehouse stocktakes with ease.

LCC-WMS

Accurate. Never lose track of anything

  • Track all stock movements in real time even when they are mobile with an operator pushing a trolley or on a forklift.
  • Use barcode scanning to ensure accuracy during receiving, putaway, replenishment and picking.
  • Item codes, descriptions and pictures are displayed on screen to help staff identify unfamiliar items
  • Show stock quantities in multiple units of measure to help your staff pick the right quantity, e.g. Pallet, Case, Inner, Each.
  • Track individual boxes for multi-box products that are a single item in your ERP or inventory system.

Scalable. Start small, finish BIG!

  • Start small with the shared Cloud WMS and when you get big you can move to a single instance of the software that is limited only by your imagination.
  • Already connected with many commonly available ERP systems and inventory systems.
  • Middleware is built in so you can connect with anything.
  • Easily migrate your connections from one inventory system to another when you need to upgrade.
  • Your processes are dependent on your system and not your people. It is easy to train new and temporary staff in the simple step by step mobile workflows. They do not need to become experts in your products or your business to work effectively and productively.
Logistics Cloud Co WMS Inventory Inquiry Screen

Inventory Management: Cin7

Logistics Cloud Co. are proud implementation partners for Cin7. Cin 7 is a Cloud Inventory management system that extends the functionality of small business accounting systems to better assist with the financial administration of the business. Cin7 has a very strong product for small and medium businesses and combined with Xero or Quickbooks, Cin7 provides mid-market ERP functionality for a much lower price.

The Cin in Cin7 stands for “Connected Inventory” and Cin7 has over 550 integrations with other systems and businesses. Their EDI connections to major retailers are a fraction of the price of the traditional EDI networks and the savings can pay for the system. Cin7 provides simple paper based receiving and sales fulfillment functions and is developing simple web based apps to allow these functions to be done in the warehouse on a mobile scanner or tablet.

Inventory management systems are primarily designed to track dollars not boxes and the lack of sophisticated mobile workflows for receiving, putaway and picking mean that support for warehouse processes is very limited. Connect Cin7 with the LCC WMS for a very powerful financial and logistics operations system for your business.

Cin7 has 3 core functions:
  1. Stock balance tracking and costing.
  • Track your stock balances at multiple sites such as retail stores and warehouses and 3PLs
  • Show stock balances on your websites and marketplace channels
  • Cost your inventory more accurately with landed cost calculations and average cost methods
  • Simple warehouse location management helps with tracking stock within a site.
  • Use simple work order processing to produce finished goods from a Bill of Materials with components and labour inputs

2. Purchase order management

  • Keep accurate records of purchases and creditors
  • Cost inventory purchases by item
  • Calculate stock requirements more accurately by including open purchase order quantities and due dates

3. Sales order management

  • Keep accurate records of sales and debtors.
  • Price items according to sales channel.
  • Input sales orders from multiple channels including manual order entry and file uploads, built in B2B webstore, connected B2C webstores, marketplaces (drop shipping fulfillment) and EDI orders from big retailers.
  • Use the built in POS system to sell in retail branches
  • Send sales orders to 3PLs for fulfillment
  • Connect with freight systems for shipping
  • Track profitability

Inventory Planning: Inventory-planner.com

There is no more important function in all of supply chain than inventory planning. Overstocks and understocks are often the two biggest wastes in any business. Understocks lead to lost sales and overstocks can not only depreciate to zero but go negative when they cost money to dump. Inventory planning helps reduce this. Inventory planner takes into account all of the factors that affect how much stock you should hold at a site at any given point in time. Purchasing based on simple inventory planning models such as min/max levels or buy what sold last month, go wrong as they do not take into account the timing of when supply and demand happen and most importantly they do not look forward to calculate what you will need based on a forecast. Any business with complex supply relationships, long and variable lead times, multiple warehouses and multiple sales channels needs a sophisticated inventory planning system.

Logistics Cloud Co. are concentrating our efforts on the LCC WMS at the moment and will be adding an implementation service for inventory-planner.com in the future. We will accelerate the development of this service if we have sufficient demand from our clients so let us know if you are interested in this product and we will provide a timeline for when the service will be available.

Freight Management

You haven’t actually made a sale until you have delivered your goods to your customer. This means delivering it yourself or handing it over to a carrier to deliver it for you. Carriers want you to use their system, but unless you use just one carrier, this means you end up keying your consignments into different systems for different carriers. The carriers give you their system for free because this way you do their data entry for them. It also means you tend to get locked into using them. Far better to use a single multi-carrier system for all of your carriers. This means your staff only need to learn one system and you also have visibility of all of your freight movements and costs in one system. This is great, but you are still doing manual data entry.

Far better to connect your freight system to your shipping system to eliminate the data entry and create consignments directly from your order data. In the eCommerce world, freight systems can connect directly with your webstore and help manage the order fulfillment process and update your webstore with order confirmations and shipping information when done. Freight systems also connect with Cloud inventory management systems like Cin7 through a freely available API connection, and on premises ERP systems (usually via a custom integration).

When you move to the Logistics Cloud Co. Warehouse Management System the freight system connects directly to the WMS in a tight integration to print shipping labels on demand as you pack each order. This is not only more efficient it reduces errors from putting the wrong shipping label on the wrong box; which happens when printing batches of shipping labels and searching your pile of outbound freight to find which label belongs to which box (or mixing up labels and packing slips if you are using your freight system for fulfillment).

But what if you do your own deliveries? One way of handling this is to set yourself up as a generic carrier in your freight system and print shipping labels. The limitation of this is that your customers now expect to get tracking information and you are not a carrier and not set up to do this. The answer to this is to use a transport management system like the carriers do, but until recently this was an expensive and complicated option that was just too hard for businesses with small fleets to bother with. Now there are a growing number of options for small fleet operators to provide carrier like delivery management capabilities with GPS vehicle tracking and parcel tracking all via the magic of an app on your driver’s smartphone.

Helping you select and integrate the right freight and transport systems is another way we help you achieve streamlined logistics management processes in your business.

Take Control and Scale Now

Contact us for a quick discovery session to see how you can improve your logistics operations and find out if the Logistics Cloud Co. WMS is right for you.