Managing inventory and warehouse data along with the customers’ and vendors’ history is a complicated process when one uses old pen and paper methodology. Here comes different types of software that make this hectic task easy and simple. In this post, we have compiled the best free logistics software for Windows 10. From inventory management to asset management, these software offer amazing features.
Free Logistics software for Windows 10
We have listed the following software here:
- FrontAccounting ERP
- Open Source ERP
- inFlow On-Premise
- Almyta ABC Inventory
Let’s see their features one by one.
1] FrontAccounting ERP
FrontAccounting ERP is a free open source ERP software that offers a lot of features to the users. You can use this software for logistics management. It is a web-based software that will be installed on your server.
To run this software, you should install hosting client software on your PC, like Xampp. FrontAccounting ERP is downloaded in a zip file. Extract it by right-clicking on it. After extracting it, copy the entire folder and paste it in the “htdocs” folder of the Xampp software. This folder is located in the C:\xampp directory. After copying, rename the folder to “frontaccounting.”
Now, click on the search bar of Windows and type “Xampp Control Panel” and press the “Enter” button. This will launch the Xampp app on your PC. There, you will see the five modules, Apache, MySQL, FileZilla, Mercury, and Tomcat. By default, all these modules are stopped. You have to turn ON the first two modules, Apache and MySQL. After that, launch your web browser and type Http://localhost/frontaccounting in the address bar of the browser. You will see the installation wizard on your web browser. If not, click on the “frontaccounting” folder, then you will be redirected to the installation wizard.
Now, you have to install the software on the server. Click on the “Continue” button. After that, you have to set a password. Enter “frontacc” as username and set your own password. Now, in the next step, you have to enter your username, admin login name, and admin password. Write your company name and use “admin” as the admin name. Enter here the same password that you entered in the previous step. When installation gets completed, you have to delete the install folder from the frontaccounting folder located in the htdocs folder.
Whenever you want to run the software, first, you have to run Xampp and then, type Http://localhost/frontaccounting in the address bar of the browser. You should have an active internet connection. Enter the username and password to log in. The software has a very user-friendly interface that lets you manage logistics easily. We are listing here an overview of different tabs that the software has:
- Sales: Here, you can manage the sales of your organization. You can add new customers, sales, groups, recurrent invoices, sales types, etc., in the “Maintenance” section. Besides this, you can also view and manage transactions and sales reports.
- Purchases: In this section, you can manage tasks related to the purchase of the products.
- Items and Inventory: Inventory is an essential part of logistics and supply chain management. Here, you can manage your inventory. You can also manage the information inventory location transfer, inventory item movement, etc.
- Manufacturing: All the information related to the manufacturing process of the goods can be added here. You can also create manufacturing reports here.
- Fixed Assets: Here, you can track fixed assets transactions.
- Banking and General Ledger: As the name implies, all the banking transactions are managed here, like payments, deposits, bank account transfers, etc.
The “Dashboard” of the software shows all the data in graphical representation.
2] Open Source ERP
Open Source ERP is another free logistics software for Windows. Because it is an ERP software, you can do a lot of tasks apart from logistics management, like accounting. The software is downloaded as an exe file but runs in your web browser just like FrontAccounting ERP. After downloading the software, double-click on the installer file to install it on your PC. The installation process takes time, so be patient. The installation time depends on the processing speed of your PC. The software does not create a shortcut file, as it is a web-based application. Please note down the username and password displayed by the software just after the completion of the installation process.
Now, run Xampp and start the first two modules, Apache and MySQL. Now, launch your web browser and write HTTP://localhost:8024 in the address bar of the browser and hit the “Enter” button. You should be connected to the internet. Enter the username and password that you have noted. If you forgot to note the username and password, you can try “admindb” as username and “NtiAdmindb” as the password. Please launch this software in Google Chrome, as the default language of the software is German. Google Chrome will show you the translate to English option by default. You can change the default password after login.
If the language of the software is still German, right-click anywhere on the page and select the “Translate to English” option. Various logistics management options are available on the left panel of the software. The “Contacts” option lets you enter a company’s and a person’s contact information. If you want to add new products, click on the “Orders” button on the left panel. The “Shipment” section of the software lets you prepare delivery notes, invoices, etc. You can also manage the products in the “Materials Management” section. The logout option is available in the “Option” menu.
3] inFlow On-Premise
inFlow On-Premise is another free logistics software for Windows on this list. The free version comes with many good features. The software will show you the homepage after you launch it. To access its features, click on the three horizontal lines on the top left corner. Let’s see what features the software offers:
- Sales: Here, you can create new customers and add sales information to the database. Click on the “Customers List” option to view all the customers you added to the database. A search feature is also available. You can search a particular customer from the database by entering his name, contact info, or phone number. You can also attach a file to the customer’s profile. In the “Sales Order” menu, you can view the unfilled orders, unpaid orders, unvoiced orders, and recent orders.
- Purchasing: You can add new vendors to the database here and search the existing vendors in the vendor list. It also lets you add new purchase orders.
- Inventory: Inventory is the most important part of logistics management. Therefore, you will get multiple features in this section. Apart from creating new products to the database, you can also add the movement history of the stock. An option to create product categories is available here.
- Reports: Here, you will get detailed reports of the data.
The best part of the software that I liked is that you can add multiple currencies from the drop-down menu while creating a customer’s or a vendor’s profile. This feature is useful in case, you have multiple clients from different countries. The software has a very powerful dashboard. Here, you can view the entire data in the form of a graphical representation. Three forms of graphs are available here, line graph, bar graph, and pie chart.
4] Almyta ABC Inventory
Almyta ABC Inventory is a free inventory and logistics management software. In this software, you can manage orders, inventory, shipments, assets, reports, and more. It offers a lot of features. In the “Orders” tab, you can add new customers, suppliers, and carriers. Apart from the general customer information, you can add many things to the customers’ profiles, like shipping details, transaction history, credit card details, etc. The software also lets you add notes to customers’ and suppliers’ profiles. You can give a unique code to each order, which makes it easy to find. To each order, you can add customers’ billing information, dates, charges and routes of the order, container information of the order, etc. Apart from this, you can also set the status of each order to open, received, canceled, and none.
The “Inventory” section allows you to add information regarding inventory, like direct receive information, receive by serial number info, warehouse transfer, and location details, etc. You can manage assets in the “Assets” section. The “Reports” section provides you with a lot of features. You can manage shipping and purchase orders due, view appointment summary, manage the number of units in stock, manage assets summary, etc. Multiple export options are available in the “Report Preview” section. You can also print the reports.
SalesBinder is a free online logistics management tool. The free plan is only for one user and lets you create a maximum of 100 orders. Hence, it is a good choice for startups. You can access all the features from the left panel. In the “Accounts” section, you can add new customers’ details, suppliers list, sales opportunities, etc. The “Inventory” section lets you add new items to the database. You can also create categories of the items and set the sorting priority from lowest to highest. For each item in the inventory section, you can also upload up to 5 images. This is a good feature that is available in the free version.
In the “Orders” section, you can create sales orders, purchase orders, estimates, and invoices. The print option is available in the “Tools” drop-down menu. Using the “Batch Edit Mode,” you can edit more than one item in the inventory quickly. The “Reports” section of the software has many options, like financial reports, low inventory reports, payments reports, customer revenue, etc.
We hope you liked the article. Install these free logistics software for Windows on your PC and manage all logistics and warehouse data in simple clicks. Feel free to add your feedback in the comments section.
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