In this issue of “New Features,” we announce some features that make Icicle easier and faster to use, like the new “Quick View” feature and various uses for scanners. We’ve also made it easier to keep accurate records of inventory, verify shipments, generate large quantities of labels all at once, and made it much easier to deal with large volumes of product in our improved Picking interface. We omitted from this list several smaller improvements, but you can always find those in the Change Log directly in your Icicle account!
When was it released? August 11 2020
What does it do? If you’re looking for an easy way to make navigating Icicle a bit easier, you’re in luck! Last month we launched a “Quick View” feature for a variety of Icicle interfaces, including receiving, purchase orders, sales orders, and shipping records. By clicking the “Quick View” icon, you can see the items that are listed on that interface. For example, when viewing the receiving records page, you can click and see items that are received without having to go to the detail page.
Where did the idea come from? This idea came from Fan on the Icicle team, thanks Fan!
Scan-and-Pop Production Records
When was it released? August 20 2020
What does it do? This new feature added to production runs allows you to scan in a barcode to automatically bring up the corresponding production run record. Using your scanner, you can now bypass searches or scrolling through lists to easily get the information you need, right away.
Where did the idea come from? Thanks to Mia from Made-Rite Meats!
Default Facility Setting
When was it released? August 31 2020
What does it do? Previously, when you were creating a new sales order, purchase order, or production run, Icicle would prompt you to select your facility from a drop-down list. This was useful for companies with multiple facilities, but an extra step for those who work mainly or wholly with one facility. Now Icicle lets you set a default facility at the company level so that when you create a new sales order, purchase order, or production run, Icicle will automatically populate your default facility’s information.
Where did the idea come from? Big thanks to Mia from Made-Rite Meats for this handy idea!
High Velocity Picking Enhancement
When was it released? August 19 2020
What does it do? The new picking interface was designed to facilitate high velocity picking and particularly emphasizes the use of scanners. With this interface, you can now pick an entire order – in many cases without even touching a keyboard, except to enable the scanner.
So what changed? The previous interface (which remains available) displays all outstanding sales orders and allows users to fulfill those orders by product. That works great for smaller operations that have a relatively limited number of sales orders per day and don’t have a massive warehouse to navigate. But for the larger Icicle users who fulfill hundreds of orders per day, it is unwieldy.
We designed the new interface to focus the attention of the picker by hiding everything that isn’t currently being picked. It starts with scanning in a sales order, which pops the items for just that order. Then, when you scan an item, all the other items are temporarily hidden until you complete picking your current item. If you hit “All,” everything you’ve picked so far pops back up so you can check it before submitting or anywhere along the way. Hiding all the not-essential elements keeps the screen tight (which is very important on mobile devices) and virtually eliminates the need to scroll.
The new interface also lets you pick by product instead of by customer, allowing you to save lots of time in a big warehouse by picking all the product needed for several orders at once.
It is important to note that the new picking interface is designed to be used primarily with scanners. An efficient inventory model is to manage FIFO by arranging inventory such that the earliest stock is closest to the shipping dock. Like any supermarket, product is stored on skids on shelves with the ones on the ground for picking. With FIFO managed in this manner, the pickers don’t need to worry about which lot is oldest because the oldest is always the one immediately at hand. You can also do this on a small scale, of course, simply by arranging the items on the shelf. The benefit of FIFO-based arrangements is that you can then pick strictly by scanning.
Also, you may want your pickers to scan each and every item to avoid mistakes. If this is the case, then it makes sense that the system records one unit every time you pull the trigger. The text field is still displayed in case you need to enter larger numbers, but with normal use there is zero data entry. The ability to manually search and choose from the list of available lots is there for the benefit of those who don’t have scanners.
However, by requiring pickers to scan the item, human errors are prevented, and if the wrong item is scanned, Icicle will detect the mistake and display a warning that the item is not on the order. These new improvements make better use of scanners, ensure that you’re shipping the correct items to the correct customers, and increases the velocity of logistics operations..
Where did the idea come from? Another idea from our feature hero, Neil from SnowCap!
Shipping and Receiving Verification
When was it released? August 12 2020
What does it do? Just like the “verify” button for inspections and lab tests, we’ve now added a verification feature to receiving and shipping that allows supervisors with appropriate permissions to verify that the receiving or shipping records are correct. This extra – and optional – step is one more way to make sure that your records are accurate.
Where did the idea come from? This one was an internal idea from the Icicle team.
Inventory Reconciliation Interface
When was it released? September 14 2020
What does it do? Doing inventory can be a huge logistical task, but Icicle is making it easier once again. We’ve now added an inventory reconciliation and counting interface that allows you to count the inventory you currently have in your facility – and then export it to Excel if you choose.
That means that you can simply send out multiple workers with scanners to count all the inventory and the items that they count are automatically aggregated onto the new inventory reconciliation interface. In the coming weeks, we will be adding inventory locations to this interface as well, so watch out for that! Another improvement that will be released shortly is the ability to do inventory adjustments directly from this new interface. Let’s say you count 10 bags of flour while Icicle reports that you have 12. The new interface will show you the amount you’re supposed to have and check it against what you counted. Then you can easily make manual adjustments to resolve the variance.
Where did the idea come from? Another great logistics improvement courtesy of Dave and Neil from SnowCap!
Transaction Histories Export
When was it released? August 6 2020
What does it do? Icicle has long displayed transaction histories, but now you can export them as well for out of band calculations if you’re doing a detailed analysis of your inventory transactions.
Where did the idea come from? This nifty idea came Brad from Blue Sky Hemp Ventures!
Shipping and Receiving Quantities
When was it released? August 25 2020
What does it do? With this new feature, you can now see quantities shipped and received on sales and purchase orders. That means that when you view sales or purchase orders, with just one glance you can see which are still outstanding or short-shipped (instead of looking at the details page for each one). A nice touch for managers to keep tabs on progress!
Where did the idea come from? Thanks to Dave from SnowCap for this idea!
Allergens on Shipping and Receiving Labels
When was it released? September 2 2020
What does it do? Just in time for Halloween, Icicle now provides the option to add allergens on receiving and shipping labels. This makes it easier to communicate the presence of allergens to warehouse staff and customers so that they can mitigate the risk of cross-contamination. It’s all part of how Icicle helps improve and automate allergen control for our users! Learn more about ways to control allergens with Icicle here.
Where did the idea come from? Another great idea from Mia from Made-Rite Meats!
Bulk Receiving Label Generation
When was it released? September 27 2020
What does it do? This new receiving label interface is very handy for large orders or shipments because it allows users to print all of the labels required for items received in a single operation. Previously, you had to go to the receiving detail interface and print the labels for each item individually. Now there is a new icon you can click that will show all the items for that receiving record and allow you to set the number of labels you want to print for each item.
If you use BarTender, you can also set an item count so you can create bin location labels that show the quantity and lot of each item that came in on that shipment, which helps you get your work done faster and better.
Where did the idea come from? Yet another great idea from Dave and Neil from SnowCap. Thanks!
Automatic Bill of Lading Generation
When was it released? July 29 2020
What does it do? Part of logistics operations requires the generation of a bill of lading, which is a document that basically indicates everything that’s on a truck (similar to a shipping manifest). In the shipping section of Icicle, you can now automatically generate a bill of lading for use at weigh stations, etc. so no one has to do this manually.
Where did the idea come from? Thanks to Susan from Golden Acres Honey Products for this idea!
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