In busy warehouse environments, it is vitally important for managers and supervisors to effectively manage the assignment of picks. With potentially large volumes of orders to pick, as well as other important warehouse tasks such as replenishments, adjustments, general stock takes and more needing to be carried out on a regular basis, businesses need to ensure that these activities are evenly spread across the entire available work force and managed in the most practical manner. Working in this way means it is not uncommon for businesses to try and save time by assigning multiple orders at once to a picker.
However depending on the number of lines and the physical size of the items contained on the order, assigning multiple orders is not always the most efficient or balanced way of working. Situations could occur where one picker is assigned to collect stock for one order that contains hundreds of lines, whereas another picker is assigned to collect stock for several orders that only contain a few lines each. In other cases, one picker may be assigned to pick several orders for large or heavy items and another picker several orders for smaller items. It may even be that an order contains items that are held in different stock locations and sending one picker to multiple locations to pick one order is not effective.
Maximise Productivity By Splitting Out Large Sales Orders Into Individual Lines
With this being the case, it makes sense for businesses to split out these larger orders between multiple members of staff. By assigning orders that contain a high number of lines or high quantities of heavy, bulky items or items spread over multiple stock locations by the line instead of by the full order, businesses can distribute the workload evenly and effectively between available picking staff. This ensures that all staff resources are used to their full potential and greater picking efficiency of these orders can be achieved.
With OrderWise Mobile WMS Devices, businesses are already provided with a method of automating pick assignment through the use of pick rules and pick amalgamation. With these devices, businesses can ensure that orders are automatically and appropriately assigned to pickers, for example heavy picks assigned to a fork lift driver. Then with pick amalgamation, pickers can scan and collect the quantity from a bin based on the total across all orders they are assigned, rather than scanning and entering the quantities picked order by order. You can read more about Pick Rules and Pick Amalgamation HERE.
Now with version 10.4 of OrderWise, a new feature has been added to the main OrderWise system to provide users with greater flexibility when assigning picks. Thanks to this new functionality, businesses are now able to split out orders into multiple picks with a new option to assign order lines instead of full orders to a picker. With access controlled by a security setting, permitted users will have access to a new assign lines option from the assign menu found at the foot of the orders requiring picking screen. To use this feature, permitted users will simply select the order lines they wish to assign, select the appropriate option from the menu and choose the picker they want to go collect stock.
With this great new addition to OrderWise Despatch, businesses are provided with the flexibility to easily split out orders carrying a massive amount of lines, lines for large, bulky items or spread over multiple locations between multiple members of staff, allowing maximum warehouse productivity to be achieved through fully utilising all available picking staff.
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