Multi-Bin Intro To allocations

Multi-Bin is designed to make warehouse management easy. From the simple use of Bins in a small warehouse to automating the flow of inventory in the most complicated of warehouses, Multi-Bin provides the options necessary. In the following pages you will see a description of warehouse flow and terminology that will assist you in getting the most out of the Multi-Bin System. In addition to Warehouse Management - Multi-Bin also provides Allocation Management as part of the system.

In the Sage 100 ERP (fermerly MAS 90 and MAS 200) world, the term "Committed" is used to denote the number of items necessary to fulfill transactions entered in other modules (Sales Orders, Works Orders). These numbers are considered soft, because it is possible to over-commit items in standard MAS.


Multi-Bin introduces a new term, "Allocated" when it is installed. Allocations can be considered physically setting aside an item for use elsewhere. Allocations are considered hard, because an item allocated in one place, cannot be allocated to another as well.

Allocations happen by committing inventory in each module and hard allocating in Sales Order Entry.

Inventory Allocations

Inventory transactions that make demands on the items in specific bins are considered allocations - this includes Transfers, Issues and Adjustments. Transactions like receipts which increase the number of items in a bin are not considered allocations.

Sales Order Allocations

Sales Order provides a full flow of allocation options. Allocations at be made at the time of order entry. These allocations are carried forward to the picking sheet and invoicing as well. If desired, users can allow automated allocations to occur during picking sheet printing - allowing the system to intelligently decide where items are best picked from. These allocations will carry forward to invoicing as well. If no pre-allocations are made, users can still have some automation for picking on the fly in Sales Order Invoicing.

Purchase Order Allocations

Purchase Order Requisitions and Issues make demands on items in a bin and are considered allocations. Because Receipts increase the number of items in a bin, they are not considered allocations.

Manufacturing Allocations

The Work Order and Bill of Materials modules make use of allocations for Material issues and raw materials used for builds.

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