Logiwa always offers different options to you for your outbound operations in order to increase your efficiency within the warehouse. One of these options is batch picking & sorting and this article will explain the details of this process.
If your order volume is high, you can use this function to pick over 100 or 200 orders at the same and then consolidate each order's items to a cell into a Cart/Wall. This process is similar to the pick&sort process but in this way, you will be picking your items into a picking car first and then sort them order-based.
You can reduce your workload, your pickers' walking distance, and grow your order volume with the same capacity (human power, facilities). If you are willing to have more information about picking&sorting strategies, you may click here and you can read the Logiwa article.
There are the following steps to manage batch pick&sort on Logiwa.
- Creating jobs: a job type for the orders that you want to batch pick and sort together
- Batch Picking: to pick orders to the same picking car/location
- Sorting the Products & Consolidating the Orders: to consolidate the products for each order to the cart/wall
- Order Packing: to pack your consolidated products on the packing station
You can easily manage picking and sorting processes if you are about to handle batch orders. First of all, you need to create an appropriate job type which enables you operate picking, sorting, and packing. In addition, your wall/cart's sorting capacity will play an important role in your job type. This figure will permit how many orders you can handle on one walking route. For this reason, your batch operations will be shaped based on your facilities, carts' capacity etc.
To give you an insight about cart/wall capacity, imagine you have a car/wall with 150 bins. This means that you can manage maximum 150 orders at once.
You need to have a job type that creates sorting tasks after completing the picking tasks. This job type should be created based on your cart/wall's bin count. That means this job type should group the orders based on the capacity of your cart/wall. If you don't have a job type for that purpose, please contact Logiwa Support and they will create a new job type for you.
After you created the job, you can start picking orders by jumping into the Mobile Order Picking Screen.
Screen Path: WMS -> Mobile -> Mobile Operations -> Mobile-Order Picking
You have created your job. It is now time to start batch picking within one walking distance. You can pick your orders to your picking car. Then you need to scan the job code to start your operation. After you put the last item into the picking car, you will have finished the picking stage. To get more information about picking operations you may click here.
Your sorting tasks will have been created on the system and you can observe them on the Task Processing Screen as is shown in the below image.
At the end of picking, your products will have been picked on your picking car. Your products that belong to your batch orders are now waiting to be sorted and consolidated. Unless you do the sorting process, you cannot pack your orders.
You can now go to the Order Sorting Screen and start your sorting process.
Sorting the Products & Consolidating the Orders
Screen Path: WMS -> Mobile -> Mobile Operations -> Mobile-Order Sorting
You need to scan first the picking car to which you picked your orders then scan your cart/wall whose bins are available to your job and which you are going to use during sorting. The capacity of the wall or trolley will determine how many orders you can sort at once. For example, if your wall/trolley has 200 bins, you can sort maximum 200 orders at once.
After scanning the wall/cart, the system asks you to scan the items' barcode. That process lasts until the last item is sorted. Each bin is allocated for a single order. You can see the assigned bins on the Warehouse Task Processing screen's target loc column as depicted in the below illustration.
When you scan an item, the system shows in which cell you need to put the item you just scanned. Once you sort the last item on the wall/car, your items will have been put in the right bins and your picked products will have been consolidated.
You can observe the last transaction and how many items were sorted as in the below image. For instance, 6 means that you have sorted 6 items at that time.
When you finish the sorting process, one task left to be completed. It is the packing stage. Your packing tasks will have been created just as sorting tasks were created after finishing picking tasks. You can obverse your packing tasks on the Warehouse Task Processing Screen.
You may go to the Order Packing Screen.
Now, your orders' products are consolidated. It is the time for packing and then shipping! There are two ways to pack your orders from a Cart/Wall.
- If your Cart is a mobile location unit and you want to move it to your packer after sorting, you can start packing by scanning the Cart's code as Start Location on the packing station.
- If your Cart/Wall will stay at the same location and you only want to move the cells to your packer, you can connect your Cart/Wall to your packing station and skip the Start Location field on the packing station. In this way, the packing station shows you the cells/orders that are sorted on the connected Cart/Wall and you can start packing by scanning the cell's barcode.
Screen Path: WMS -> Setu -> Location Setup -> Mobile Business Location Unit
In this screen, choose your warehouse, your Cart/Wall as Mobile Location Unit, and choose your packing station as Mobile Business Unit. That is all! You are ready to start your packing tasks.If you cannot see this screen, please contact Logiwa Support Team and they will give access to it.
Screen Path: WMS -> Order Management -> Order Packing
If you are looking for more detailed information about packing operations, you may click here.
After scanning/entering the warehouse, client, packing station, and shipment loc values, please click the Start Packing button. (If you want us to show you the cells/orders from the connected Cart/Wall. Do not scan/enter the Start Location) After that, you can start scanning cells to pack your orders as you can see in the below image.
The orders that are fully sorted/consolidated will be listed here if you click the order button marked with a red rectangle.
You need to follow the same process until the last order is packed. Then you can observe your packing tasks completed on the Warehouse Task Processing Screen.
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