Ensuring picking stock is regularly replenished is a key part of any warehouse operation. Without effective management of picking stock levels, pickers will find they are being sent further away to pick stock or left waiting for stock to be retrieved from high racking or brought across from other stock locations. This can lead to businesses seeing a large increase in time spent picking, costs occurred and general warehouse inefficiency. However although picking stock needs to regularly refilled, there are obvious limitations to how much stock can be replenished at any one time.
Depending on the size of the item, the quantity of stock that can be replenished in one go can greatly vary. Pickers can only carry a certain amount of stock at once and with many pickers also tasked with picking stock ready for order despatch, their workload requires careful management. If stock is being replenished from pallets, racking or transferred over from secondary warehouses, the same restrictions apply to the amount forklifts and other warehouse equipment can transport. If these limitations are not taken into account when organising stock replenishments, warehouse productivity can suffer greatly, with staff unable to handle the large volumes of items assigned to them, therefore negating the initial purpose of the replenishment.
The recently introduced OrderWise Stock Replenishment module, which can also be used in-conjunction with OrderWise Mobile Warehouse Management Devices, already provides users with the ability to effectively manage bin and pick face replenishment. This allows businesses to ensure productivity is fully maximised and the most efficient walk routes continue to be used by pickers when performing routine warehouse tasks.
A new feature has now been added in version 9.7 of OrderWise to set a maximum quantity per replenishment. This ensures that when generating replenishments, one is not created for more than the set maximum quantity. Users need to be sure that the stated maximum quantity per replenishment is greater than or equal to the replenishment multiplier otherwise no replenishment would be generated. For example, a replenishment multiplier may represent the number of an items in box or pallet, ensuring that boxes or pallets are not split during replenishment while the maximum quantity per replenishment would be what can be physically moved at once or fits in an empty bin.
If an item is set to be replenished from multiple locations, then each replenishment generated can be for up to the maximum per quantity. As an example, if there is a need for 100 of an item to be replenished and stock is held across multiple locations with a maximum quantity per replenishment of 50 for that item, then two replenishments of 50 will be generated across the multiple locations.
With the introduction of this new feature, OrderWise users are provided with greater control over the limitations faced when generating stock replenishments, allowing staff to continue to refill picking stock in a fast, organised manner.
The benefits provided by the Stock Replenishment functionality can be further extended when used in conjunction with our industry leading HHT Mobile Warehouse Management Devices, providing an entire suite of cutting edge, barcode orientated and comprehensive wireless warehouse management tools.
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