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Whenever you attempt to change the quantity-on-hand (QOH) of a multiple location control" (MLC) item, you are presented with several inventory distribution options. In this article we describe those options, taking you step-by-step through the distribution process.

An outside process is an external process or service that is performed by someone (i.e. a vendor) outside your company. For example, if you manufacture items which have chromed parts on them — but your company does not have a metal chroming facility — then you would need to send the raw metal part to an outside vendor who have the chroming done for you. This document describes xTuple ERP's support for outside processing.

This article describes the special steps needed to handle lot/serial inventory. Like all inventory, lot/serial items can be received in three ways: material receipt, manufacturing receipt, and shipping receipt.

Assigning costs to items is an essential step in the process of inventory accounting. In this article, we'll cover the basics of standard costing—looking first at how costs are assigned to simple purchased items. We will then examine more complex manufactured items and the layers of costs associated with them.

In manufacturing environments, tools are issued and used on work orders then returned to inventory once the work order or operation is complete. Some shops also manufacture their own tools, so tools themselves must be able to be engineered and manufactured, or purchased the same as any other item in the system.

In this article we will provide an overview describing xTuple ERP's support for "UPS WorldShip" integration. "UPS WorldShip" is a Windows-based, shipping software application for UPS customers who have high-volume shipping needs. When UPS WorldShip and xTuple ERP are integrated, you have the ability to export key UPS information—that is, tracking numbers and freight charges—directly into xTuple ERP.

Count tags are used to spearhead inventory counts. If you are involved with inventory counting, then you need to understand how count tags work. In this article, we will cover count tag basics—from creating, to entering, to posting count tags.

If you need to count inventory on a regular basis, then you may want to learn more about how to perform cycle counts. Let's start with a definition: "A cycle count is a periodic issue of a count tag to count inventory quantity within an item site." The "periodic" aspect of cycle counting will be the focus of this article.

The freezing/thawing mechanism is designed to ensure you get accurate inventory counts without having to shut down operations during periods when you are performing physical inventory.

This article is designed to briefly illustrate the interaction between order parameters and material requirements planning (MRP). As you will see, order parameters play a key role in the execution of MRP.