During the sales process most companies want to know how many of an item they have on hand in inventory and how many of them are allocated. Often, they also want to know an Available-To-Promise quantity, meaning how many additional items are expected to be available from all sources, such as purchase order or work orders. An easy way to find the available-to-promise for an item during the sales process is to click on the item, to make it the focus of the search, and then open the ALERE Item Master screen. On the lower right side of the screen there is a shaded box that keeps a running total of key inventory quantities for Allocated items, On Order items, and Available items. The Available number is the available-to-promise quantity. There are two important things to know when looking at the number. First, just as the On Hand quantity on the Item Master screen represents the sum of On Hand quantities at all locations, the Available quantity is the sum at all locations. By going to the Location tab and choosing a location, you can see the Available number for a location. Second, the available-to-promise quantity does not tell you when the items will become available. To find that information you will need to run the Item MRP Planning report in the Plan module. That report can be run for the location the item is to be shipped from and will show a running balance for it by date. Knowing the available-to-promise quantity can be a powerful piece of information in a sale environment, but it is tempered by having to also know from which location and in what time frame. ALERE can readily provide those answers!