Abel’s “First Expiry – First Out” picking helps you consume oldest inventory first

Posted on 24.10.2014 by Rik

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Gidday, This is the latest in a series of blogs I am writing on Abel’s features and what they can do for you.

Do you sell perishable stock or consume perishable raw materials in your manufacturing processes? Have you ever wanted to easily pick perishable inventory based on its expiry date? Well now you can with Abel’s “First Expiry – First Out” picking option or FEFO for short.

Abel can store a “Use Date” for perishable inventory. For items that have a use date, Abel’s dispatch, pick and requisition processes offer batch controlled inventory with the earliest Use Dates first, so items that expire first are used first.

This example shows a customer dispatch with batch tracked inventory that has a Use Date. The ‘Issue Batches’ screen shows batches in Use Date order and suggests the oldest batch (by Use Date) for dispatch.


The operator can either confirm or amend the suggested selections either individually or all at once. Alternatively, if the operator needs to undo and redo the allocation before posting a document, e.g. due to inventory movement, they can easily clear and then re-load Abel’s suggested allocation.

So that was a very quick summary of how Abel’s “FEFO” picking can help you better manage your perishable inventory.

To find out more about Abel’s features and how they can help your business, please contact your Abel Consultant or an Abel Distributor.

Until next time.