PeopleSoft "Route Codes" a smooth route to an efficient fulfillment cycle.

March 15, 2023 | 3 minute read
Narayanan Mahalingam
Principal product manager
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In a supply chain environment, transportation and shipment of orders is a vital link in optimizing customer satisfaction. In a scenario where there are networks of customer / locations, expecting the user to key in the route details during the fulfilment process could lead to human error and in turn could increase the cost of demand fulfilment. From the demand generation to the delivery to the end customer, logistics is usually complex and dynamic, influenced by many events that may be out of anyone’s control. PeopleSoft’s “Route” functionality may help the user manage this data and exert more control over how orders are delivered to achieve optimal fulfilment.

Typically, in a manufacturing or a distribution operation, where the organization has a pre-defined shipment schedule, to be used for a network of customers or customer locations, setting route codes can be of great help!

Route codes are optional setup created under the inventory Business Unit. 

The sequence of set up for enabling routes is as follows:

1.Switching the ‘Use Route’ flag in the Inventory Business Unit set up.

2.Creating Route codes,

3.Creating Route Groups,

4.Assign Route Group and Route Stop,

5.Creating Route Calendar.

Once the Route information is established, the route data is populated automatically in the demand records based on the destination location and ship dates.

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The Route Codes can be created under Inventory à Fulfill Stock Orders à Routes and Loads menu.  Other important set up sequences that are required, in addition to Route Code are:

1.Route Stop – A Route Stop enables the user to assign either customer OR locations to the Route in a logical delivery sequence.

2.Route Calendar – A simple and powerful tool, where schedules are built against each route code. These schedules can be generated across days/weeks/months and even against specific day of the week.

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After setting the start and end dates of the route calendar, the user can further tune the route scheduling with various parameters as shown below by using “Generate Schedule Dates” link.

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Once the given parameters are set, the Route Calendar is generated and is ready for use!

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Once the demand is created and saved, based on the date of the shipment, the system searches for a route on which the customer or location has a defined stop and that matches the scheduled shipping date. Then, the Route Code would get populated automatically in the demand record, which can be overridden if needed. If the dates do not match the Route Calendar, there would be no values that would be automatically populated.

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The Route information is seamlessly carried forward through the entire fulfilment downstream process- For example, user can manage the delivery process by sorting orders released to a pick batch ID by route stop and then packing the truck in reverse stop order.

Defining Routes enables organization to accurately commit to delivery schedules for their customers confirming when their scheduled shipments will arrive and, also prepare them to receive the next scheduled shipment. PeopleSoft Route Code is a simple tool for a smooth route in the fulfilment process.

Click here to read about Inventory Fufillment workbench

Narayanan Mahalingam

Principal product manager

Narayanan has been with Oracle India since February 2007 and is currently part of the product management team of the PeopleSoft Supply chain  development organisation.  His earlier professional profile spans over customer support, enterprise application consulting & project management. An aspiring public speaker, rookie speech coach for kids; ...enjoys reading , writing , cricket, tennis, chess and now blogging. 

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