Most apparel companies break items into categories such as style, color, size, cloth, with/without buttons, zippers, tags etc... These can be further sub categorized by many different attributes such as brand, country of origin etc. All items have a weight and dimensions. Most items need to be flagged for reorder, obsolete and stocking statuses.
The R4 system keeps “family” categories that are well defined and can be searched. Alerts in the system will trigger re-order and any other status defined. Item attributes can be used to further define unique properties that will give unlimited description parameters for each item in the inventory master. Furthermore, the WISE kitting process for finished goods defines the components (such as an elastic band, a zipper and a tag) that make up a finished product. The system will track all components in a master item and apply min/max logic so you will know when certain components need to be ordered to maintain the needed level of the master item. Using the above example, the system can create a kit for each pant that will “marry” the specific zipper, band and tag as part of the master item, assuring that a picker cannot complete the order without the correct associated items.
Size Codes- We can set up the size ranges for the garments on your master file. For example, code “AB” has 5 sizes while code “CD” has 8 sizes. Each code defines a range of sizes. R4 supports unlimited sizes for each style.
Pre-Pack Definitions- Each size code can have multiple pre-pack configurations. Pre-packs can automatically spread the quantities by size when entering customer orders. For example, a style comes in sizes S-M-L-XL and is sold by the dozen packed 2-2-4-4. If a customer buys 3 pre-packs, the system automatically enters the quantities for each size as 6-6-12-12 for a total of 3 dozen.
Color Code Master File- This is a user defined table that allows you to enter a long descriptive name for each color code in your system. Many of the reports and all of the documents seen by customers (such as order confirmations, picking tickets, invoices, etc.) can include the long description from the color code file so that it is always easy to identify the correct garment.