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From Adrian Crum <adrian.c...@sandglass-software.com>
Subject Re: ofbiz for logistics
Date Sat, 31 May 2014 16:07:51 GMT
You do not need to create a purchase order. I recommend you start with 
the existing artifacts that map directly to your business, identify 
missing bits (gaps), and then build out the missing bits.

What OFBiz has:

1. A good data model for creating and tracking shipments.
2. The data model includes the means to associate a shipment to a 
shipping cost.
3. Sales order and invoice functionality.

What is missing:

1. Generate a sales order from a shipment or group of shipments (OOTB, 
shipments are generated from a sales order, but you need it to go the 
opposite way).
2. A means to include fixed assets (delivery vehicles) in the shipment 
3. A means to track/approve package movement along the shipment route.

If your project has provided for some consulting fees, then I would be 
happy to assist you with modeling your business.

Adrian Crum
Sandglass Software

On 5/31/2014 3:33 AM, Jim S wrote:
> Adrian, Pierre, thanks for your feedback.
> Pierre I may not have been through in my analysis but I would like to
> mention few points. The shipment logistics provider basically comes under
> the distribution logistics which involves
> 1. Receiving the packages from client.
> 2. Storing the packages in the warehouse at a certain location, we call it
> a distribution centre. This is need for picking later.
> 3. Picking the packages and deliver to the customer.
> The shipment or packages from the client is an incoming shipment to the
> logistics so I think best way would be to associate the incoming shipment
> to a purchase order in ofbiz. Receiving the shipment will create necessary
> information in the ofbiz. There is an interesting shipment type available
> in ofbiz i.e. transfer I think it can be used since the shipment is really
> transferred from the client to the logistics and from logistics to the
> customer?
> The next step is to pick the packages, lade vehicle & provide a detail of
> the packages (address information, packages information) on a sheet to the
> driver. We can utilize the pick sheet to create the picking and delivery
> information. I think we may need to rewrite code for certain part of the
> order picking in ofbiz to model it for logistics. Once the packages are
> delivered, the shipment status can be updated in ofbiz.

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