How do I do this?


Paper Inventory


Posted: 28 February 2012

I need to get a grip on paper inventory, it's killing me trying to keep up with it! I see it in the Engineer side of MF but I can't seem to get a handle on how it works. It looks like I should be able to print a "shopping list" and somehow replenish inventory? I am a bit confused by it though. Is anyone else attempting to use paper inventory?

. . . . .  Craig

I hear ya! I hate ordering paper sometimes because I'm not actually sure what I need and how much. It seems like whenever I order the minimum and get it delivered, that's when a big order comes in and I don't have enough on my shelf to do it. Oh, and it's a rush order too.

I want to get to the point where everyday I can print out the shopping list, or when I need to order paper, so it can tell me what I need to order, what I need to pull off the shelf and how much is left. I have gone in to the Engineer now and then to make inventory adjustments but to do all my paper would be daunting. The only way to get it current would be to make it a step in the order entry process - when I select the paper I should get a physical count and then update the Engineer. It appears whenever you enter a new paper, it gets put into the Engineer at a carton quantity.

Ultimately, I think the Engineer is a powerful tool especially when you consider how important paper is to what we do ... and how easily it can suck away at your cash when it's not managed well. If I have some time over the next couple of days, Craig, I'll give you a call. In the meantime, maybe Hal can shed a little more light on this mysterious new power; not to take away any time from the MF update.

. . . . .  Keith

Thanks Keith, I'm glad to see I am not the only one with this problem. I seem to have paper trucks here three or four days a week. My desk is starting to wear out from my forehead banging on it! So Hal, get working! No time for vacations.

. . . . .  Craig

Vacations, Craig? What are those like? At the moment, my time off is spent cleaning up my driveway after some drunk took out two of my cars at 2:30 Saturday morning. And we have a driveway long enough to park eight cars!

I've owned the Pacifica for a few years, but the '56 Chevy only arrived earlier this month, just in time to get wrecked. The only car to survive the demolition derby with minor damage was a lowly Malibu. Hard to believe the '56 Chevy withstood more than half a decade of New Mexico and Illinois traffic! When its time came, it was no match for the miserable boozer who had to have just one more for the road.

Now that you mention it, Craig, maybe I ought to take a short a vacation. I hear Florida is nice this time of year.

. . . . .  Hal Heindel


Wow. That sucks. My old van was vandalized twice, so I know how you feel! As for vacations, don't know what they are either but I may be visiting my uncle in New York sometime this year so maybe I can stop by and say "Hi"!

. . . . .  Keith

So for now in the current state, Morning Flight doesn't have an efficient method of paper inventory. Looks like there will be more to come I'm sure. Hal, it appears you need a longer driveway, clearly you did not give that person the proper amount of room to stop!

. . . . .  Craig

I'd love to meet you, Keith. Hope you can make it.

Craig, when you put it that way ... My first thought was to call the town to see whether they'd let me protect the cars with an old Sherman tank, gun pointed toward the cul-de-sac. Wouldn't even have to be loaded necessarily. Wonder if my old tank drivers license from the Second Armored Division at Ft. Hood would be recognized by the state of New York.

About the state of the current inventory module in the Flight Engineer, it's fairly complete and mainly lacks instructions for use. That's the part I hope to get to in the next couple of weeks. As you can see from the attachments, when you enter an order, any inventoried paper is subtracted automatically, and you do get a shopping list. Once the online help system is updated, let's discuss what else needs to go in there.

. . . . .  Hal Heindel