We now switched entirely to inFlow and it saved us a lot of work so far. However, we stumbled upon some things... which could make inFlow even more suitable to us. :-)
First of all: Please make the bill of materials list bigger! Our assemblies are usually made up of about 60 individual items. Managing a BoM when only 4 items are displayed at a time can get very complicated.
As we are building *all* of our assemblies ourselves, it would come in handy if there would be something like an auto-build option for assemblies. That means, when some is ordering the product BIKE 3 times, it's not 3 BIKEs wich are getting reserved but 3 handlebars, 6 bicycle tyres, some lights and so on.
This would help us getting a much clearer view on our stock levels.
Last but not least, it would be good for us *not* to show exclamation marks for assemblies as long as they can be built out of their bill of materials. We usually keep the stock level of the assembled products at zero... As our sales orders are therefore usually full of exclamation marks, it kind of destroys the signalling effect the exclamation marks are displayed for.
These are some minor changes which would help us A LOT.
Please think about integrating some of them to the next release of inFlow.
Thanks for the feedback, we'll certainly take it into consideration! Just out of curiosity, is there a reason that you're not stocking your finished products prior to them being ordered? Is it because they're not being assembled then? Just wondering if there isn't a better way to handle this in the mean time (since incorporating suggestions can take some time).
All the best!
thanks for your quick reply! :-)
Honestly... we do not assemble at all. We're just selling self-assembly-kits... which the customers have to assemble themselves.
Our business basically consists of
- getting the individual parts (custom) manufactured all over the world
- putting them together to kits
- sending them off to the distributors
- they are selling them for a higher price to end customers
So, in our case, "assembling" would basically be reduced to "putting the individual items together into a package". And, as it doesn't make sense to pack a package before it's ordered (as we don't know the quantity yet), we don't do it.
Manuel from Droidworx Ltd.
Thanks for the update! That makes perfect sense, and it helps to have real world examples when looking at the functionality. Certainly with a product like yours there wouldn't be any sense to building it ahead of time so once again we appreciate the feedback and please do let us know if you have any further questions or concerns!