Introduction of hazard classifications for Transport in addition to Storage.
Delivery instructions are now available for Outwards Consignments and Point-to-point Consignments.
This information is passed onto TMS integrations that support it.
Updates to the API surface to enable expanded address information in support of auto-reconciliation and consignee creation features, as well as adding support for delivery instructions.
Expanded consignment payload to include picked, dispatched, received quantities and percentages in addition to requested values.
Removed the container information that was being duplicated on the consignment.
Multi-factor authentication support
Consignly now supports multi-factor authentication on a user-by-user basis as well as supporting enforcement at the organisation level.
A user may opt in to MFA by visiting their profile and registering an MFA code on their device.
Organisation owners may enforce MFA for their organisation, which will mean any user (including Client Partners) connecting to their organisation will require MFA enabled on the user account.
This applies to warehouse users as well as web portal users.
A new setting on the Client Partner allows auto-reconciliation for consignment imports.
If enabled for a Client Partner, consignments coming in via a Custom App or integration middleware (such as Zapier) will automatically be created as a consignment (bypassing the import reconciliation screen) if all the properties of the import are able to be matched/reconciled in Consignly.
If there is not enough product to send on an outbound consignment, or there are address details that are unknown, Consignly will still require a user to manually review and resolve the import first.
Automatic consignee creation
Enabling automatic consignee creation will see Consignly automatically create a consignee if all the information about the consignee is supplied in the import. That means the consignee name needs to be provided, as well as the address parts (including latitude and longitude).
This is useful for Zapier integrations with Shopify, when address information is captured by Shopify and can be passed through to Consignly via a Zap.
Web platform upgrade
Consignly's web platform has been given an upgrade behind the scenes.
Label text sizes for location labels
Consignly now intelligently changes the size of the text printed on location labels depending on the length of the label. This means short racking location labels will now print with larger text than before, increasing visibility.
Dangerous Goods Support for the New Zealand and Australian versions of the GHS7 standard have been released.
Organisation settings can be configured to indicate which standards are in support by your organisation, Warehouses can be set to adopt one of the available standards, and products can be configured to define their appropriate DG documentation and hazard classes.
Use dangerous goods features in conjunction with Zone Management to define rules that restrict products of certain classes into zones.
Zone management support has been released, allowing organisations to define logical zones within a warehouse. Existing locations can be added or removed from zones, or use the location creation tool to set a zone at the time of location creation.
Advanced location creation
When creating multiple locations within Consignly, the advanced feature allows a more fine-grained approach to configuring the new locations.
Setting seed and step values allows you greater control over numbering sequences.
Expanded consignment search
We've added to our search capabilities for the consignment screen.
Advanced search introduces the ability to search on expected arrival or expected dispatch date, as well as by consignment type.
The search text field at the top of the blade supports a larger number of search options such as container number, vessel and voyage, reference numbers etc.
We've also introduced an icon to expand the search results window, allowing the consignment search results to fill the screen.
Integrations that feed consignments into Consignly currently surface those imports up via the Import menu item.
As imports are directly related to consignments, we've moved the feature from the menu and introduced an icon on the consignment search screen.
This icon shows a badge indicating how many consignments are awaiting action.
Tapping the icon will present the import queue side-by-side to the consignment list, so you can better see what requires attention.
The Containers card on a consignment has been renamed Shipping. Vessel and Voyage information can now be entered without having to specify container information.
Duplicating a consignment
From the action menu inside a consignment, users can now duplicate a consignment.
Duplicating a consignment will create a new consignment for the Client Partner with a copy of information from the General, Route, and Shipment cards.
When choosing a location to receive product into via the portal or the Warehouse App, Consignly will now label locations that are occupied.
Feedback notifications in Warehouse App
Notifications have been added to the mobile app to provide feedback as actions take place.
New rate metric
A new rate metric has been added allowing "per consignment" charges to be resolved.
Product Group deactivation
Product Groups that were previously in use could not be removed. A new deactivation option has been added so that Product Groups can be deactivated and prevented from being used in new products. Existing products that have the product group can continue to use it.
Storage Analysis is out of beta
We're pleased to move the Storage Analysis business intelligence tool out of beta. Storage Analysis can be used to interrogate your warehouse's volumes using different metrics to help organisations understand their storage usage.
Schedule visibility for Client Partners
A new permission is available for Partner Roles that will allow partners to view approved schedules within Consignly.
Schedules will be displayed with the option to view on screen, as well as download a PDF or XLSX representation of them.
Void consignments is now controlled by a dedicated permission
Roles can be configured to choose whether users with the role have the ability to void a consignment.
This permission can be granted to Client Partners to allow them to void consignments themselves. Voiding consignments is only availble when the consignment meets certain criteria.
Our engineers have been working hard behind the scenes to upgrade the core platform frameworks used to power Consignly. This work is regularly undertaken to ensure the security and performance of Consignly is maintained.
Create localities on-the-fly
When creating a freight rate, users with permission will now have the ability to create a new location on-the-fly.
When choosing a locality, tap the "New Locality..." item from the dropdown and you'll be presented with a dialog allowing you to configure the locality.
Picking list print options
When printing a picking list, you can choose to group the pick by location or by batch.
Undispatch consignment products
Consignly now supports undispatching product that has been dispatched via an outwards consignment.
To undispatch product, move the consignment into a Ready to Dispatch status. Next, choose the action menu item and select undispatch. This allows you to in turn, unpick product that was previously dispatched.
Consignly gives visibility over both the pick percentage and dispatched percentage in this Ready to Dispatch status.
Consignee address creation for client partners
Client Partner roles have had a new permission added that can allow Client Partners to create on-the-fly consignees.
Mobile Application updates
The Consignly warehouse app has been updated with a number of features, including MSDS support, inventory and location inquiry changes, better support of stock transfers, and other usability enhancements.
This application release is a required update, and old applications will present users with a message requiring them to upgrade to the latest version from the play store before being able to use the app.
Changes made to the Consignly web portal include a new dedicated Inventory screen. This screen surfaces up inventory in your warehouses in one place.
Bulk add of inventory, inventory adjustments, transfers and quarantines have been uplifted from the Warehouse menu and moved into the Inventory menu.
Warehouse Transactions (formerly Warehouse Events) are accessible here too, and provides an accurate representation of what happened in your warehouse to arrive at the inventory balances you have currently recorded.
Warehouse transaction changes
Consignly has updated how warehouse events work behind the scenes. Events are now immutable, meaning that we capture events at a point in time for a particular event (such as a pick, or a dispatch).
This improves the traceability system within Consignly and supports the product's future by setting Consignly up for Cross-Docking, Automatic Backorder Allocations, and Automated Consignment Importing.
Xero configuration changes
The Xero configuration now supports recording separate line descriptions for each Revenue Account being mapped to a Xero Sales Account. This means invoices that have lines with different configurations for Sales Accounts and Cost Centres can describe the line better.
Point in time Stock on Hand and Stock Position reporting
The Warehouse transaction changes now allow Consignly to provide point in time reporting for Stock on Hand and Stock Position reports.
By default, these reports will run and display current stock, but you may also choose to run the report at a specific date and time. When running a report as at a date and time, the information displayed is what was recorded in Consignly at that date and time.
Stock rotation method enhancements
Updates to how stock can be rotated have been made. Product-level overrides can take place also.
There's now the ability to make batch and/or expiry required fields or optional fields at a product level.
The Hercules integration for MOVe Logistics Group has been made available. Contact MOVe for a Account Code and a Service Code to be able to configure the integration.
Consignly is now available in multiple countries
In 2022 Consignly plans to launch in multiple countries. Our team has worked hard to complete several feature updates to support this strategy including time zone management, currency formats and other supporting features.
We've launched a Settings area for your organisation, Use this to keep your organisation information up-to-date.
As part of this feature, you can attach a logo, and set the Start of the week for your organisation. This is used to support the quick "this week", "last week" controls on some of Consignly's calculators (such as the storage calculator).
Some organisations have warehouses that are very close to each other. The mobile app has always supported switching into different warehouses, but we've made the process easier by including a warehouse switcher on the dashboard and the menu.
Further enhancements are coming to make working in multiple warehouses easier.
Warehouse app permissions
We've been hard at work behind the scenes, building in extended permission support to the Warehouse App. Now Organisation Owners can modify roles to turn permissions on and off and the mobile app will show and hide features and functionality based on those permissions.
This will help organisations where their store-people are tasked with picking and receiving consignments, but not with marking them as completed.
We've introduced new permissions to Consignly to control access to the reports. Your Organisation Owner has access to roles in Consignly via the Organisation Settings menu.
Report access is controlled by turning the reports on or off for each role.
Currently rolling out:
- Arrival time for inwards consignments is now supported
- Further in-app help articles
- API update to support product attributes on consignment imports
- Prompts when inviting a user outside of your organisation
- Summary screen when generating location to make you aware of how many are being generated
- Updates to the iCOS Live configuration screen
- Improved performance on the Xero configuration screen
Help Centre Launch!
We've been hard at work compiling information to help you use Consignly, and are pleased to announce our Help Centre.
Use it to learn how to configure Consignly, as well as explore useful articles that help you make the most of Consignly.
Enhanced schedule and transaction management offers flexibility
Building on the investment we've made recently with rate management, we're rolling out enhancements to support transaction and schedule management.
We're introducing the ability to Void a transaction, removing it from the default view.
We're also rolling out Draft and Approved statuses for a schedule, allowing you to work with a schedule and it's transactions whilst in draft mode including adding transactions to an existing schedule, and offering the ability to remove a schedule.
Save time by automating schedule export to Xero
Many organisations use Xero to manage their accounting compliance. Schedules are created in Consignly and manually exported to Xero each billing period.
In conjunction with the schedule management features being released, we've enhanced the Xero integration to allow you to optionally set export triggers.
If configured, export triggers can allow a schedule to automatically export to Xero when the schedule moves into an Approved status.
Coinciding with the launch of our Help Centre, Consignly is now pleased to offer In-App help.
Access help via the icon in the app header. This will launch a sidebar that contains a link to the help centre, access to tutorial videos, recommended articles, and the ability to log a support ticket all within the app.
Additionally, you may start to see help icons embedded into parts of the application that may be used to offer assistance on that particular feature via the help sidebar.
We're busy behind the scenes building international support for Consignly to continue our efforts to move into other jurisdictions.
Starting with settings that offer locale and time zone selection, Consignly will support varying number/date formatting in the application.
Currently rolling out:
- API enhancements to support additional schedule management
- Further in-app help articles
- Product attributes added to picking and consignment PDFs
- Reports now have their own permissions, giving you the ability to choose exactly what reports are available on which roles
More flexibility with charges by introducing Unit Conversions
Often organisations will move products within a warehouse in packs (such as pallets), and sometimes they'll be moved as loose items.
Organisations may charge a different rate for activity on loose items compared to packs, as the loose items might be more difficult or cumbersome to move around. That's why we're introducing Unit Conversions into Consignly.
Unit Conversions allow products to be defined with specific conversions into different pack sizes. Those unit conversions can be enabled for use on Consignment Metrics or Storage Metrics with various options to control how the conversions contribute to those metric areas.
Dispatch consignments and capture a POD directly from the warehousing app
Many organisations have customers that come to store to pick up product. The warehousing app has always allowed for a Proof of Delivery to be captured on an Outwards consignment, providing it is in a Ready to Pick state.
This often impacted the organisation's KPI's, because consignments were staying in a Ready to Pick state for a long time. It also impacted the organisation's workflow, because consignments remained in the Ready to Pick list even when they had already been picked.
We're pleased to announce that the warehouse app will soon support capturing a POD and photos for consignments in a Ready to Dispatch state.
This means your warehouse can follow your normal pick/dispatch process - moving the consignment to a Ready to Dispatch state after picking and therefore removing the consignment from the Ready to Pick screen.
When the customer arrives to pick up the goods, a signature can still be captured along with photos if necessary.
Store additional information on inwards products using Product Attributes
The Product Attributes feature in Consignly has been beta tested by selected customers and has now been generally released.
Product Attributes can be turned on for Client Partners. When creating Inwards consignments for these partners, you can optionally add attributes to the inwards consignment lines.
Attributes may be used to hold additional information, such as a second batch number, or another quality of the product you are bringing in, such as colour or style.
Product attributes can then be used to find product in your warehouse when selecting product for outwards consignments.
Curated tutorial videos
Consignly has a large number of tutorial videos to help illustrate how to use different parts of Consignly.
Those videos are now curated based on what's relevant to you, to make getting access to information even easier.
With the new tutorial release, you can now search and filter videos to help find specific topics, and a full-screen mode has been introduced so you can watch the video using your entire screen.
New integrations are coming
Customers using GoSweetSpot to effect their courier requests will benefit from the new GoSweetSpot integration.
We're proud to be partnering with Flow Software on establishing an integration pathway directly into Consignly. We will announce the integration when it becomes available in the very near future.
Enhancements have been made to the iCOS Live integration to better support commodities. Products within Consignly can now have commodity information entered against them, and the iCOS Live configuration supports commodity mapping for containers.
Currently rolling out:
- API enhancements to allow third parties access to Client Partner schedules
- In-app help articles to aid in describing particularly advanced features within Consignly
- Watch out for an announcement about our Help Centre - coming soon!
Improve your accounting compliance with Tax Types, Revenue Accounts, and Cost Centres
Many large organisations code and categorise their revenue, and that's why we're introducing Tax Types, along with Revenue Accounts and Cost Centres into Consignly.
Revenue Accounts can be linked to Activity Charge Types, and Cost Centres to Warehouses.
When creating a rate, Tax Rates, Revenue Accounts and Cost Centres can be set to flow through to the Schedule.
When configuring your Xero connection, Revenue Accounts in Consignly can be mapped to Revenue Accounts in Xero, and Cost Centre Codes in Consignly can be mapped to Tracking Categories in Xero.
Pushing your Schedules to Xero will ensure that all your transactions are categorised and assigned correctly.
Further enhancements have been made to the Schedule PDF, and a new option to download a spreadsheet is available.
Revenue Accounts and Cost Centres: rolling out to Enterprise Consignly subscriptions over the coming weeks.
Tax Types and schedule enhancements: currently rolling out to all Consignly subscriptions.
Customise your charges using dynamic particulars & raise storage charges per product
Rates now also support dynamic particulars. You can use tokens in your particulars to better describe the transaction, and pull through appropriate information at the time the charge is raised.
We're also releasing a feature in Storage Rates supporting you to calculate and raise transactions per product. This provides a finer level of detail in your charges. When used with dynamic particulars, your transaction can describe the product that storage is for.
Dynamic particulars: currently rolling out to all Consignly subscriptions.
Support for opening PDFs in the Warehouse app.
Many organisations using Consignly deal with MPI and Customs, requiring warehouse personnel to have ready access to documentation attached to the consignment.
The Consignly Warehouse App supports opening the PDFs in-app to ease this process.
PDF support: currently rolling out to all Consignly subscriptions.
Currently rolling out to all Consignly subscriptions:
- enhanced permissions to control consignment management
- improvements to product adjustments
- support for decimal values on a product definition's quantity per pallet field
- ability to deactivate consignees, warehouses, locations
- improvements to location search
- addition of container number search on the warehouse app
- picking list PDF: specifically designed to support picking by location
Sometimes you just need to cancel a consignment as though it never existed.
Consignments that need to be discarded can now be voided. Voiding a consignment is possible if there aren't any product lines that have been picked or received. Voiding a consignment will remove it from your Open Consignments list.
Business Intelligence Tool for Storage
We're gradually rolling out a BI storage intelligence tool for Advanced Consignly subscriptions. This allows you to analyse your storage looking at different metrics and count methods and comparison metrics, too.
We're gradually rolling out the ability for consignments to be tagged with product attributes. This lets you give products additional information, such as a second batch number, or allows you to tag a product on an inwards order with something (such as if there were damages).
In the rush to get things done, we've noticed that consignments are being closed without charges being raised on the consignment. Although Consignly warns you about this, it's easy to skip over the warning and close the consignment.
This impacts revenue and so the Close Consignment dialog has been changed to help make it clearer when charges aren't being raised. For consignments that have no charges calculated, a box must be checked to enable the consignment to be closed first.
- Tweaks have been made to the quarantine products feature
- A new code field is optionally available on activity types. This will eventually be surfaced up in transaction schedules.
- The mobile app now supports searching consignments via the reference number
- If there are no products added to a consignment, you are now able to change the warehouse that product will be searched/picked from.
- Partner codes now support up to 20 characters