The optimal arrangement of stock in a warehouse is never as straightforward as it first appears. The volume and number of the items being stored, the nature of the space available and the profile of incoming and outgoing stock movements will all interact to ensure that significant savings can be made by applying rules that are tailored specifically for your business.
OrderFlow offers an exceptionally powerful range of tools to the warehouse administrator who wishes to optimise the distribution of stock across storage locations and picking faces.
OrderFlow allows the warehouse administrator to define business rules for the putaway of incoming stock that can take into account some or all of the following considerations:
- The physical nature of the SKU and target locationsLarge products can allocated to large shelves, loose products allocated to bins, and clothing that cannot be folded can be allocated to hanging rails. The rules can be applied to specific products and locations or more generally to product and location types.
- The available capacity of target locationsThe available capacity of the target locations can be determined and compared to the quantity being put away.In some environments where space is at a premium it may be appropriate to split the incoming stock across multiple locations, alternatively where there is no shortage of bulk storage the warehouse administration may prefer to define rules that ensure all the incoming stock can be putaway in a single empty location.
- The relative priority given to the SKUFast moving lines within the warehouse can be identified and allocated ‘high-value’ locations that are most easily accessed. The most popular products can be tied to end-of-aisle locations or the picking faces closest to the packing stations.
Typical scenarios are described below:Pallet spaces directly above the picking faces (high-value storage locations) are reserved for fast moving SKUs, from where the picking face is replenished. The long tail of other SKUs are replenished from bulk storage elsewhere in the warehouse. Only when a high-value pallet space is empty are the warehouse staff prompted to replenish it with a new pallet.
Heavy items are restricted to ground level pallet spaces. Multiple SKUs are allowed to share a single storage location if each item is individually barcoded as the pick and pack process can be relied on to ensure the right items are being despatched, unbarcoded SKUs cannot be mixed in a single location.
Background tasks will prompt the warehouse staff to replenish all picking faces that have a capacity utilisation of less than 60%.