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Dynamics GP in Retail Implementation Highlights

Microsoft Dynamics GP was earlier popular under the name Great Plains Dynamics.  This Corporate ERP application has several flavors of Integrations with such POS and Store Management systems, as Microsoft RMS, Counterpoint, plus GP itself can open its Sales Order Processing transaction to B2C eCommerce shopping cart (such as Magento/PHP or ASP .Net Storefront) to enable and integrate web retail outlet.

When you are thinking about adopting new Accounting and Warehouse Management application for the chain of retail stores, you are probably thinking about Barcoding technology (including new merchandize barcode labels printing, order fulfillments, merchandize replenishment and move from one store to another via barcode scanning directly on the warehouse floor).  We are a little bit restricted by the format of this publication to give you full presentation, but we will give you highlights:
1. POS (Point Of Sale) or cash register application and Store management software.  It is possible to open Dynamics GP Sales transaction for POS and barcode scanning, however it is probably rather something more suitable for special POS applications.  In our opinion the best way is to have POS application from the same vendor, and in the case of Microsoft it is Microsoft Retail Management System (Microsoft RMS).  The most convenient way to implement Dynamics GP and Microsoft RMS tandem is to have all the Sales, Purchases, Counts and Transfers between warehouses to be done in MS RMS and implement native integration from RMS to GP, which moves transactions on General Ledger level (daily sales) and Purchases to AP transactions (where payments and Financial reporting are in the realm of your Accounting system, here it is Dynamics GP).  MS RMS Headquarters allows you to manage multiple stores from one central application, where each store synchronizes with central hub every night or at scheduled time.  If you feel that your choice is rather Counterpoint for POS and Store purchases, the same strategy (daily sales import to GL and Purchases to AP) works with implementation standard Counterpoint integration to Great Plains
2. More advanced POS and Outlet management integration to Great Plains.  In some situations, especially in the case of mid-size or large retail chain, you would prefer to control Purchasing, Inventory Quantities in each warehouse.  Also we have heard the desire to print items barcode labels directly from Dynamics GP at the point of posting Purchase Receipt transactions.  If this is something you are looking for, there is more advanced Microsoft RMS to GP integration on the level of Sales Order Processing, Purchase Order Processing and Inventory Control modules in Great Plains, available from Alba Spectrum.  Integration is bidirectional and if you move merchandise in RMS via Headquarters logic, it updates quantities in Dynamics GP Sites respectively.  We also help you with Barcode labels printing via Crystal Reports or ReportWriter report with Barcode compliant font.  Now about Warehouse Management System with Barcoding technology support
3. Warehouse Management System.  Our WMS module opens Dynamics GP SOP Transaction with manual allocation type to barcode scanning on the warehouse floor, POP Purchase Receipt for WMS merchandise replenishment and Inventory Transfer and Adjustment transactions.  WMS has client application, running directly on your barcode scanner as well as WMS Server, Windows computer on your network, communicating with Dynamics GP Server via ODBC connection
4. eCommerce Retail store.  We recommend you to deploy existing ecommerce with proven ecommerce shopping cart, such as ASP .Net Storefront or Magento (if you prefer Linux and PHP).  This approach is very efficient in B2C ecommerce scenarios.  With ecommerce setup wizard you will be able to pick ecommerce shopping cart platform from drop down list of available options, default ecommerce site id (from where to allocate the items), SOP type with manual allocation (if you fulfill the orders via barcode scanning in WMS) or automatic allocation when the level of transactions is lower and WMS is not required
5. Merchandise replenishment via EDI (Electronic Document Interchange).  If your merchandise suppliers encourages you to place purchase orders via EDI channels, we recommend you to extract newly created POs via precisely formatted or XML formatted SQL Stored Procedure, where extracted text (with EDI header, lines and trailer) or XML EDI files could be automatically emailed, placed on the EDI FTP channel or forwarded to the Supplier via http post
6. For additional information or schedule Dynamics GP demo, please call 1-866-528-0577, 1-630-961-5918 or email us help@albaspectrum.com  We are serving customers USA and Canada nationwide, plus internationally, especially larger retail stores, wholesale trade and manufacturing mills.  Local service is available in Houston, TX, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, CA, Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, MI, ChicagoFree Web Content, IL

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Andrew Karasev, Alba Spectrum http://www.albaspectrum.com 1-866-528-0577, help@albaspectrum.com  Informational portal http://www.pegasplanet.com  Andrew is Dynamics GP Certified Master and specializes in challenging customizations, data conversions, integrations, reporting.  As an announcement, Alba Spectrum is opening the location in Benton Harbor/ Saint Joseph Area of the state of Michigan, where we are welcoming Dynamics GP customers, who need second opinion, barcoding, failed implementation recovery, version upgrade, challenging data conversions 



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