New Features: High Performance Warehouse Management System Improvements
The name of the game for this installment of Icicle’s new features is “improvement” –- improvements in speed, efficiency, choice, and mobile responsiveness that help you manage your warehouse management system better. Check out more below.
A Blazingly Fast Warehouse Management System
When was it released? April 29, 2019 (Picking) and May, 2019 (Racking)
What does it do? Icicle users love our warehouse management solutions, including the highly sophisticated and integrated racking and picking interfaces, that are specifically designed to increase the throughput of warehouse operations. Now they are even better – we’ve cut down on the time that Icicle sends information back and forth by keeping a snapshot of your inventory, sales orders, and purchase orders locally to deliver incredibly fast speeds.
We’ve also redesigned the workflow based on user feedback. Now it’s easier to use, more efficient, and better integrated with purchasing and sales orders. These improvements also specifically help you load products onto trucks more efficiently and eliminate errors.
Where did the idea come from? This feature upgrade was a real team effort, and we’re thankful to Chris from Ontario Pride Eggs, Terry from Free Yumm, and Emily and Joel from SoyBoy for helping us pull this off!
First Mobile-Friendlier Interfaces
When was it released? April 2019-forward
What does it do? Our users know that Icicle is getting some upgrades – we are revamping the entire app with new graphics and a mobile-friendly responsive design. Head over to the new racking and picking interfaces to see the first examples of the new interfaces – you’ll see the rest of Icicle slowly conform to that design going forward.
Where did the idea come from? The Icicle team has been working on this for a while behind the scenes.
When was it released? March 23, 2019
What does it do? Icicle users have already found the usefulness of the new homepage design, which allows you to customize which links and (new!) widgets are displayed on the front page for quick access. If you need some help figuring out which links and widgets are most relevant for your day-to-day warehouse management system, or how to customize them – feel free to reach out to our support team.
Where did the idea come from? This upgrade is part of our user interface revamp, stay tuned for more!
All-in-One HARPC Solution
When was it released? February 15, 2019
What does it do? Icicle is famous for generating HACCP plans with just one click – but what about HARPC? Icicle has supported full HARPC compliance for years, but we hadn’t yet consolidated everything in one easy package like we’ve done for HACCP. This new feature takes elements from all different parts of Icicle and combines them into one, central HARPC plan that includes every requirement you will need to comply with FSMA (for American companies) and FSVP requirements (for non-US companies shipping to the US).
Where did the idea come from? Thanks to Victor from Pura Vida Dairy for working with us on this one!
Track Products Through More Stages
When was it released? January 28, 2019
What does it do? Some products take longer to make than others – for example, certain foods that are fermented or cured meats – and now Icicle keeps track of the particular stage of a product in the process flow. It also filters out incomplete products from your shipping interfaces so you can’t ship the product until it’s completely finished.
Where did the idea come from? A big thanks to Emily and Joel from SoyBoy, who are the experts when it comes to fermentation!
Mass Reminders to Vendors
When was it released? February 7, 2019
What does it do? Icicle already keeps track of all your vendor certifications for you with our vendor management (or supplier management) interface. Now we’ve added a feature to send mass reminders to multiple vendors when their third-party certifications are expiring so you don’t have to follow up with them one at a time. This is just another way that we continue to help out our friends in QA departments.
Where did the idea come from? This idea comes from Felicia from Fresh Direct; thank you!
See Everything That Goes into Your Products
When was it released? February 24, 2019
What does it do? Ever wanted to know exactly what you used during a particular production run? We recently added a new input trace feature that brings up a report to show you all of the ingredients, materials, and packing that were consumed during a particular production run. This report goes down through precursor iterations to give you all of the base raw materials used in that run – making it extremely useful information for both traceability and costing.
Where did the idea come from? Ideas with efficiency like this often come from our friend Paul over at P&S Frozen Foods.