BASIC ORDER RELEASING
The wave releasing system allows the warehouse controllers the ability to review and release batches of orders into the warehouse in user-defined waves (groups). A typical wave may be all order lines due for shipment for a route, geographic area, order type or customer (to name a few filters). Once the order book has been filtered to the lines that are required for picking the controller can group orders into master shipping groupings (groups of orders for shipping to optimize freight costs). The order lines are then released as a wave into the warehouse for picking. Numerous waves can be released throughout the day. This works very well when linked with shipping route planning.
If sales orders are loaded with lines from multiple warehouses the releasing process will create a linked picking slip for each warehouse with a set warehouse being the master. Each picking slip is picked independently and then delivered to a joint dispatch checkout area.
Orders can also be split by warehouse area if the distribution center is large and we have pickers assigned to areas.
Pick line limits can be set to never allow a packing slip to include more than a maximum number of lines. This can be set to ensure that we balance the load in the warehouse.
Picking slips are tracked in detail through the following statuses:
- Created (pick slip number has been assigned)
- Printed/Released (pick slip has been released to the floor)
- Assigned (the picking slip has been assigned to a picker)
- Started (the picking process has begun)
- Picked (picking has completed)
- Checked (the picking slip has been through a pack station and or a checkout station)
- Shipping (the pick has been linked to a shipping bill of lading or waybill)
- Invoiced/DNote (an invoice or dispatch note has been released in SYSPRO for the pick)
- Dispatched (The picking slip has been shipped)
All aspects of the picking process are recorded including the operator name for each status as well as detailed records of eth stock picked and checked out per order.