Business Central 2021 wave 2 (BC19) new features: Locations for non-inventory items

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The preview environment for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 release wave 2 (BC19) is available now. Learn more:

Update: Generally available: Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 release wave 2 (BC19)

I will continue to test and share some new features that I hope will be helpful.

Locations for non-inventory items:

Business value:

Now you can track statistics for non-inventory items by location, in the same way as inventoriable items or resources. This gives you better insight into, for example, the location for which a service was purchased.

Feature details:

Based on your feedback, we have aligned service items and non-inventory items with other types, such as G/L accounts, item charges, and fixed assets. You can now specify a location for these types of items in supported transactions, and the location will be copied in the item ledger, values, and job ledger entries. This is useful for reporting purposes and cases when there is one document, such as a purchase order, with multiple non-inventory items meant for different locations.

Okay, this is a very good improvement.

In the Type field on the Item Card page, you can select what the item is used for in your business and therefore how it is managed in the system. Three options exist:

OptionTypical Purpose
InventoryA physical unit, such as a bicycle, for full business support.
Non-InventoryA physical unit, such as a bolt, for limited business support, for example, because the item is only used internally and has a low cost.
ServiceA labor time unit, such as a consultancy hour, for limited business support.

Let’s see some details.

In BC18.4:

If you select a location code for a Non-Inventory item, an error will occur.

Validation Results
Type must be equal to ‘Inventory’ in Item: No.=ZY-001. Current value is ‘Non-Inventory’.

In BC19.0 Preview:

You can now specify a location code for Non-Inventory items.

Test Video:

Warehouse operations are not supported for service and non-inventory items.


Hope this will help.

Thanks for reading.



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