WISL Distribution Control

The WISL Distribution Control System directs the distribution of shipments from a dock location and provides an interface between order or shipment data base functions and distribution operations. It can accept input from an order entry system and allow the automatic generation of loading units and configuration of trips for truckload shipping. It also generates all shipment related documentation and automatically generates shipment status update records to corporate and customer information systems.

Platforms

Server: Open Systems

bulletUNIX; AIX, Solaris
bulletWindows Server
bulletLinux; Redhat

Workstation: Text or GUI apps, anything that runs AccuTerm terminal emulation ; text only apps, dumb terminal that emulates industry standard term types

Includes:

bulletWindows PC
bulletMac
bulletThin client
bulletVarious dumb terminals

Third Party Software

bulletIBM’s UniVerse DBMS
bulletAccuSoft’s terminal emulation package – AccuTerm
bulletPC Miler, + PC Miler Server + Canadian Postal Codes

WISL Software Modules

Minimum Configuration:

bulletWISL Distribution Control(WDC)
bulletWISL EDI Logistics(EDIL)
bulletFreight Analysis Information System Shipping Interface(SI)

Auto Rating:

bulletFreight Analysis Information Rates Maintenance(RM)
bulletFreight Analysis Information Route Analysis(RA)

Warehouse Management:

bulletWISL Warehouse Management(WWM)

Freight Audit:

bulletFreight Analysis Information Shipment Analysis(SA)
bulletWISL EDI Transportation(EDIT)

Interactive Trip Modeling:

bulletWISL WebTrip

Installation Preparation

There are many files that must be established to accomplish the freight management activities performed by WDC. Most of these are maintained by the facilities of FAIS SI. They include the Carrier file, Customer(corporate structure) file, the Dealer(client customer) file and the SKU file. Some of these files may be partially maintained by ongoing imports from the corporate ERP system through WISL EDIL.

One of two key areas of focus in data base preparation for installation is the SKU file which must contain the typical descriptive and categorizing data attributes but each record must also be updated with data attributes specifically required for the freight management activities of WDC, these include dimension attributes(height, width and length) and storage/shipping unit data. The second area of focus is on the accuracy and completeness of shipping location data in the ERP customer file. Postal codes are necessary to perform the routing and rating integral to WDC.

If auto-rating is to be employed then carrier rate quotes and tariffs must be maintained(FAIS RM).

bulletMiscellaneous freight management files
bulletSKU
bulletShip Location – postal/zip codes
bulletFreight Rates(FAIS RM)

System Flow

Below is an overview of the main system flow of WDC. Third party software and other WISL modules are shown in brackets where they are utilized in the process.

bulletOrder import from corporate ERP system(EDIL)
bulletLoad Unit Modeling
bulletReview of Load Unit Modeling Results – re-run if required
bulletTruck Modeling(PC Miler, FAIS RA)
bulletReview of Truck Modeling Results – re-run if required
bulletTrip clerically modified if required
bulletPicking Documents generated
bulletPick from hard copy or RF facilities of WISL Warehouse Management(WWM)
bulletTrip status marked as shipped, documents generated and electronic records sent to corporate and customer systems(EDIL) Inventory updated via transaction or in place with facilities of WISL Warehouse Management(WWM)

Reporting

bulletOperational reporting is available at every stage of the system flow including order tracking inquiry
bulletA great deal of analytical reporting is also available(FAIS SI, FAIS RA)