How Microsoft Dynamics AX Can Track Shelf Life Dates and Optimize Inventory of Food and Beverage Products

For food and beverage manufacturers using or considering Microsoft Dynamics AX, it's vital to understand the software's capabilities for tracking shelf life dates. Effective use of shelf life dates can have a dramatic benefit in optimizing inventory, manufacturing and customer service. This article focuses on the significance of shelf life dates and explains the solution approaches within Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Many of these manufacturers track the shelf life information for specific lots of their purchased and manufactured materials. The shelf life dates include an expiration date and a best-before date, and either date can be used to support several critical business needs.


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About Scott Hamilton

Scott Hamilton has consulted globally with several hundred manufacturing/distribution companies on SCM and ERP issues. His publications include multiple books about SCM using Dynamics AX as well as two textbooks about SCM/ERP, and his books have been translated into Portuguese, Russian, Chinese and Japanese. For more than 10 years, Scott has been a frequent speaker at Microsoft and AXUG conferences around the world, and a multi-year winner of the rarely given Microsoft MVP award for Dynamics AX. His regular column “The AX Solution Architect” is published in

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