There are many ways which Megaventory can support tracking damaged / faulty / waste / used products. Here are a couple of suggestions - we're using damaged as an example but the methods apply to the other cases:
- Create a client specifically for faulty goods. Products can then be transferred to and from that client by a Goods Out and they can be returned by a Return of Goods from client. This is the only value of that approach and as such it is quite limited in usefulness.
- Create an inventory location specifically for damaged goods. Products can then be transferred to and from that location by a Goods Transfer document. Using that approach you can return back from that location only as many products as it is allowed and no more. This approach also allows you to know how many items per product code are in a damaged state and also know the value locked in them. This is a quite adequate solution.
- Transform goods from a non-damaged product code to a damaged product code. An individual Bill of Materials is necessary for each product code and each related Work Order 'creates' the respective damaged good. This approach combines the benefits of the above and also provides the benefit of having separate product codes for damaged and non-damaged goods which is useful for reports and more complete stock keeping. It also allows the process of converting goods to damaged to be associated with a corresponding cost (within the appropriate Work Order). This is the most complete solution which also has the most overhead.
- Damaged products can be written off entirely by doing an Inventory Taking. That way you can reduce the stock levels per product code per location down to the appropriate levels (i.e. those including only non-damaged goods). This is the quickest solution and once it's done it is hard to reverse it.
- Assign a different SKU to each group for the same model number. So, for example, say you have the same model number new and damaged. In that case, you would assign a SKU code to this model number for new products: 0001-N and then for damaged products: 0001-D (N stands for new and D for damaged). Both SKUs can have the same product description (so, you can group them in reports). Also, doing it like this will allow you to know exactly how much stock you have in your warehouse for new and for damaged models.
In some cases, it is also possible to combine some of the above suggestions (e.g. have both an inventory location and manufacture products from 'working' to 'damaged').
The final choice depends on the attributes which need to be tracked (stock levels, value, both), whether damaged goods are mean to be repaired and return from the dump pile, who receives these types of goods, how detailed a tracking you need to have of the goods while they are in the damaged pile, etc.
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