Having an organized and efficient serialization inventory is essential for organizations to manage them. It becomes difficult to find solutions to efficiently run the inventory in mixed and non-serialized environments. The costs to upgrade the entire systems can be exorbitant which is why most companies initially focus on the manufacturing and packaging stages when implementing serialization – the costs, time, labor, automation and processes.
The complications arise when goods once packaged enter the supply chain via warehouses. The procedures that manufacturers follow to make their products isn’t necessarily how users purchase them. Goods are put into corresponding packaging environments and the systems in place need to manage serialized and non-serialized items at the same time. The quantities in an order differ in numbers and the products may be segregated into different segments (depending on what the requirements of the customers are.) Most company systems at present don’t consider cross-functional requirements and solely focus on the serialization of their products. This approach affects the customer experience directly and the track-and-trace stages as it reflects on product availability, shipment duration and reliability.
Traceability complications also arise in the distribution of goods to a third party. Warehouses generally have serialized and non-serialized environments so businesses must take into account regulations, steps to identify serial numbers, tracking of shipments, geographical locations of distributors, and end-users. With the help of serialization, data can be captured and stored which also brings down expenses and prevents lost opportunities. A full scale integrated system prevents the need for additional labor requirements such as manual entries and rescanning of items.
Lastly, organized and accurate master data within the operations for packaging and post-packaging is essential. The data must be easy to access and understandable so it can help in advancing business goals. The information required for supply chain compliance and other data regarding quantities, materials and batch numbers can help businesses improve their current systems and processes to ensure there’s competence at every stage. Efficient systems automatically support vital information to share with customers, distributors and regulatory authorities which in turn ensure that the correct product reaches the customers on time. Cloud services can also benefit businesses as they provide compliance which saves organizations time, resources and money.
To conclude, the ideal system should be able to capture serialized and non-serialized data within the same sets and allow companies to find solutions to benefit the end-to-end supply chain. Relevant data helps businesses manage relevant processes and aids in detection of activities, supply chains and warranty-claim information. It becomes easier for users to track assets, containers and products when items can be managed at a granular level and the inventory can be managed and located easily.