Productivity Tip 17 Matrix Sales Order Entry eg Apparel Industry
A time-consuming activity in Order Entry occurs where Items with similar attributes are being added when each Item - along with its attribute - must be added to the Order individually. Anyone who works with Clothing, Shoes, Sports Goods and similar products knows the inherent complication of dealing with large numbers of products that are similar but need to be tracked separately. For example, a garment could have 8 colours in 7 sizes which results in 56 discrete Items for inventory tracking purposes. By managing this inventory effectively your organisation can guarantee time savings, cut costs and increase opportunities to generate revenue.
A Matrix Order Entry function streamlines the management of Sales Orders and enables a user to quickly enter order quantities for items with similar attributes. Traditionally this has been used in the Apparel Industry where the user simply calls up a Garment Style and enters Order Quantities against each Colour and Size combination into an Order Matrix from which Sales Order lines are immediately populated with individual Item Codes representing the Style/Colour/Size and Sell Price. It is often referred to as the ‘Apparel Matrix’. However it can equally apply to any Product which has similar attributes such as 'Screws' which have various lengths and diameters, or Wood Panels which have predefined Length and Width.
Ostendo takes this Matrix Order Entry function a step further in that: