Questions on Compiere for a Distributor of Fasteners

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Questions on Compiere for a Distributor of Fasteners

Postby ptb » Wed Apr 05, 2006 7:45 pm

Hi everyone,

Our client is a distributor of fasteners and is greatly in need of a new ERP system. Their specific needs are in sales order entry, order fulfillment, warehouse management, shipping and receiving, purchasing and invoicing.

We’ve looked at three different open source ERP products and I believe Compiere is by far the best for our client (Openpro and OpenMFG were the other products). We have been working with Compiere 2.5.3a.

If we go with Compiere, my colleague and I hope to be in Bonn for next month's intensive and technical training sessions.

However, in order to make this decision I have some questions that I’m hoping some of you could help us with.

1) Pick lists: I presume that the document type produced by Generate Shipment can be used as a pick list. However, it is lacking some key fields for my client, such as separate “sold to” and “ship to” addresses for their customers, for example. Is it possible to modify the templates for the different types of documents, and if so where do I find these templates?

2) Packing list: I don’t see any and my client uses these extensively for all UPS and Fedex shipments. I presume my development team could add to the Generate Shipment processing to produce a packing list as well. Or I could create a separate pack module, based on the success of the picking process. Anyone try this for their installations?

3) What is “Package”? Under Generate Shipment is an option to create packages. There is also a ‘Create Package’ button on the Ship/Receipt Confirmation dialog. However, there is no documentation whatsoever on this! I see screenshots in the doc, but no explanations and playing with the functionality hasn’t given me much help either. Is this intended to produce packing lists by any chance?

4) Bar code support. I’ve seen some posts about a bar code contribution somewhere. Has anyone used this? This will be critical for my client.

Thank you very much in advance for any help. I’m hoping we’ll move forward with Compiere and be an active member of the community.

Regards,
Peter
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Postby trifon » Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:57 am

Hi Peter,

I'm curious to know why you choosed compiere?

Also would you consider investing your money for education into someone else except compiere?

Acording to Openpro site compiere is worst then OpenPro. Really streange why...
At least Compiere site looks better then openPro, but this is not subject of this discussion.

All this what you need is possbile to be done.

I can cofirm that i have used barcode scanners and even PDA integrated with barcode scanners in order to read data and input into Compiere.

For the rest i hope Red1 to answer too, because he has experience with packaging functionality.

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Postby red1 » Thu Apr 06, 2006 7:44 am

The short answers to your questions:

1) Yes

2) Packing List has been done for another client. We havent but will openly publish it if u sponsor it, i.e. buy some of our time to make this priority. Further advice on guiding the implementation is a separate fee.

3) Including above, i m not sure whether the package system we have is what u need. If there is intent for our time, we can preliminarily explain what we got without effort charge. If its fitting then u can ask for a quote.

*) We also have Bill Of Lading.

4) Trifon specialised in this besides XML and Java programming.

To Trifon, about OpenPro, i havent heard of it. I cannot imagine that there is anything out there better than what we have here. But then, neither did the Cavemen.

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Postby ptb » Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:16 am

Thank you both for your posts. Sorry for the delay in getting back.

We may very well be interested in subcontracting out some of the work. We present our final proposal to our client tomorrow and hope we'll get the go-ahead.

The packing list support that I'm thinking of is something that will aid the packing staff in filling orders, as well as produce a packing list to go in each box. Like I said, if what you have was a close fit, we may very well be interested in paying for your time to publish it.

As for the comparison with OpenPro, they are really very different products. We need something with a solid foundation for extensions and customizations. Openpro isn't that at all. While it has some interesting functionality, if it isn't exactly what you need, you essentially need to pay them to customize it. You can purchase the source code, but like I said - there isn't that framework for adding tables, document types and so on.

thanks again,
Peter
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Postby red1 » Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:55 pm

What we have done is more of the Packing Code system, where each item is packed either as 'K' or 'C'.

During a particular order shipment printout, all the order's Ks and Cs are consolidated to give their total qtys and weights.

Of course u can modify codes to change the alphabet or have a 'by Code' view where it cuts across all shipments for the same shipper. Of course your final specs will determine what is needed exactly.

Btw, do u have your own programmer(s)? That will save us time.
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Postby li_speedyg » Sat Apr 15, 2006 1:09 am

Hi Red/Trifon/PTB,

Sorry fr the intrusion.
But, we have a very similar problem here as PTB. We are in the implementation phase using Compiere primarily in the Invetory/PO generation and Receiving. We have run across several needs for customization using barcodes and labels to place on the received packages.

If I can get some more details on what you folks have available and/or require to publish, perhaps I can join PTB in your efforts.

Thanks in advance,
Speedy
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Postby red1 » Sun Apr 16, 2006 10:18 am

Hi and u re welcome speedy,
Such intrusion is highly welcome. Otherwise we wouldnt ask ppl to make things public here. The whole idea is to let everyone share their common issues, so that a more cost efficient solution can be found.

As savings are passed along the stream, more critical mass usage brings more contributions.

So go ahead and continue describing your processes, hopefully they coincide with what we have.

regards
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