DFA offers DLOC+, a Microsoft Windows based, modular Warehouse Management System, developed using Microsoft Visual tools. This powerful tool for your business does not come with the hefty price tag of typical Warehouse Management Systems. DLOC+ has become the WMS of choice for big and small companies alike.

DLOC+ receiving includes expected receipts (purchase orders, internal transfers, return authorizations). Blind receipts are also accepted. Received product can be directed to staging areas (for later putaway) or handed off immediately to the DLOC+ putaway module. Cross docking to outbound orders is also supported. If desired, receipts can be reviewed and modified before transmission to the respective host system.

DLOC+ provides directed putaway on RF terminals (or paper based putaway lists), which suggests the most appropriate storage locations, such as:

•Locations where the product is currently stored, optimizing cube utilization
•Empty locations reserved for that product
•Locations that would be filled to a user provided percentage by the amount of product to be stored or...
•Locations within a user provided travel distance of designated locations.
•The operator will ultimately supply DLOC+ with the exact location where the product is stored.

DLOC+ establishes replenishment tasks based on forward pick area-restocking quantities. These tasks can be initiated either a) before orders/waves are picked (to allow forward pick areas to be stocked before picking begins) or b) after orders/waves are picked (to fill the forward pick areas after the days picking is complete). User directed rewarehousings are also initiated from this module. DLOC+ also has a simple-to-use RF terminal manual rewarehousing function.

DLOC+ provides cycle counting by item and by location. Counts can be established one of three ways:

1. Through a nightly scheduled job that does not require user intervention.
2. Through the user manually initiating the DLOC+ counting process or...
3. If the result of a normal pick or replenishment drives the location balance to a user specified threshold, count tasks will be created.

Counts can be established using product velocity indicators (to force counts of fast moving or high valued items) or by taking the frequency of past counts into consideration.

Order Processing
DLOC+ provides a module, which allows the user to perform logical groupings of orders, and to make adjustments to orders where necessary. Comments are allowed at the order line and order level. The user can establish waves, or groupings of orders, into a logical subset before beginning the picking process. Priority levels can be put on orders and waves also. Waves are flagged to indicate when there are shortages, and the user can also forecast waves, allowing them to see each orders projected fill rate. The user is given the option of initiating replenishments before the wave is released for picking, to ensure the forward pick areas are fully stocked. There is also a view order status function, which allows the user read only visibility into the progress of an order. DLOC+ also contains a kitting module, which is used to create, manage and pick work orders.

Users can pick by orders or waves, on both RF and fixed terminals. DLOC+ provides directed picking on RF terminals (or paper based lists), which suggests the most appropriate picking locations, such as:

•Locations that will be depleted or nearly depleted if the product is picked from that location.
•Locations that allow the entire order line amount to be picked in a single stop or...
•Locations that satisfy lotting, serialized or LIFO/FIFO requirements.

The operator will ultimately supply DLOC+ with the exact location where the product is picked from. Checks will be in place to ensure that locations under audit are not eligible for picking. The user is also given the option to pre-assign bar coded license plates to orders and/or waves, to facilitate piece picking or ‘pick and pass’ operations.

DLOC+ provides a shipping/consolidation module that allows:

•Consolidation – Allows the user to repack or rework product that has been picked. This includes reboxing picked material to meet small parcel requirements and palletizing product for subsequent truck loading. DLOC+ makes extensive use of ‘drag and drop’ operations, to allow the user to quickly build better cases and pallets.
•Shipping Labels – DLOC+ prints common labels and interfaces with label producing software.
•Loading – Palletized shipments are loaded onto trucks, with tracking capability per pallet load.
•Shipping Documentation – Standard packing lists and manifests are printed, with options by order, wave, pallet load and entire truck shipments. Bills of Lading and Master Bills of Lading can also be produced.
•Truck Closing and Shipping Confirmation – The user can choose to transmit shipping information to the host system when the outbound truck is closed, or through optional use of the Shipping Confirmation screen. This functionality allows the user to process proof of delivery documents and receive returned product back into DLOC+.

System/Warehouse/File Maintenance
DLOC+ provides the capability to load warehouse setup and product information through setup wizards. The system also provides fixed terminal screens to perform necessary maintenance on these tables, such as product information, warehouse location and configuration information, system rules adjustments, etc…

DLOC+ provides standard system reporting and an interface to popular reporting tools, if the user decides to generate ad-hoc reports. A built-in function extracts data dumps of user specified tables in spreadsheet format, that can be imported into Excel.

DLOC+ supports flat file transfer or direct database access of the DLOC+ database from the client system. A module is also provided for the clients customers to access order information through the internet.