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Odoo WMS - Missing some key features

OpenERP Master
on 11/14/14, 10:25 AM 3,014 views

Odoo 8.0 has a newly rewritten WMS, but after a review it appears to lack some basic warehouse management features.

1. Odoo appears to have no capability to conduct/manage a cycle count. It has no such model for ABC classification. In many companies with 99% accurate inventory, a yearly physical inventory is not required because they have the ability to cycle throughout the year. The physical inventory feature, is not a cycle count function. A cycle count operation involves count plans, classification such as velocity, value, etc. Compare stock values, recount if variance, etc.

2. Odoo incorrectly changed the physical inventory feature to be called "Inventory Adjustment". An adjustment is when you increment or decrement stock. Example: I have 5 units and I want to add 5 units to = 10. In the adjustment form I could type 5 and it should add, NOT replace the value of the stock. An inventory adjustment and a physical inventory are two completely differerent concepts, and should exist as different functions.

3. Odoo appears to be lacking in bin level inventory management, but there is built in functionality that in a way could support bin management. It could be improved to be more accomadating for companies that manage forward picks, reserve,etc

Most importantly, stock view by location. On the product form, still, it only shows the total available quantity combined in all warehouses. For many, knowing the total quantity is not useful. They need to know WHERE it is. There is no sublist or one2many view that shows on the product form view the quantity of product by location, or bin level inventory locations. This is one of the most important basic features that does not exist. Clicking on stock moves, isn't sufficient. When a user visits the product form, they should be able to see all of the information about a product without having to click away from the view to yet another page. This also includes stock move history, sales history, etc. Lots of companies evaluating Odoo do not understand why they can't see the stock value in locations from the product form.

The features I described above come standard in competing ERP software. My goal is not to say Odoo is bad software, but to get a realization that this software is not up to par with what other software offers, and to make an attempt for there to be focus on these features.

OpenERP Master
On 11/17/14, 4:31 PM

Closed. Would recommend anyone thinking my post as very negative to review inventory management standards, there are lots of resources. A good one is http://www.apics.org/

On 11/15/14, 4:54 PM

Sounds like a troll...

Anyway, as far as I am concerned and for having played a bit with the new WMS, I have to say that I am really impressed by it. Of course, in advanced use of WMS, you need to go through a bit of development/customization but the basis is here and is very flexible and scalable. Perhaps other software do this or that better out-of-the-box, but remember that the new WMS is only a few months old.

To give my point of view on your items:

1. It is perfectly possible to do only partial inventory count and cycle among products. There is also a view to know for each product the date of the last inventory count. Just order by date and you know the next one to do. 

2. Perhaps we don't need to argue for labels. Just change them through the translation system if you do not like them.

3. This is not correct. Bin level inventory is managed through stock location hierarchy + putaway and removal strategies

4. You can access stock inventory by location by clicking on the inventory button on the top right of a product form. You argue on the fact that it opens a new window and does not show on the same form : this is your personal point of view. Remember that all Odoo views are customizable, so you can get the behaviour you want this way.

Great to get a reply. Again, I do not wish to dog on the software, its great, which is why I decide to work with it and offer it. The points I make are all valid based in industry standard data model, process, and terminology, of which the software lacks in certain areas. If you were to take this software and compare it's WMS components side by side against standard licensed software, it doesn't compare when it comes to inventory management. I bring the points up to say, hey this isn't right so it is noted for future release. I am aware of the stock hierarchy structure that can in a way manage bins. Actually bin level inventory is something most ERP software lacks, Even SAP does not do this well without additional software.

OpenERP Master
on 11/16/14, 1:47 AM
Bharat Devnani
On 1/12/15, 1:41 AM

Hello All,

As it seems, you guys have good knowledge in Inventory Management process and quite well wersed with odoo.

Can you kindly guide me in understanding new WMS effectively

Points like :

1) Routes Management

2) Push and Pull flow

3) How to achieve bin management

4) Putaway strategies

5) Removal Strategies

Hope to hear from you soon.



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