If the best possible location is not available, you want to place it in the next best location and so on and so forth. In HighJump's Enterprise 3PL solution you tell the system the criteria that you wish it to use for the purpose of identifying the best and the next best locations.
You define your criteria by means of sequences. Each sequence contains a number of parameters for selecting a location. The following example shows five sequences that progressively define increasingly less desirable locations.
In sequence 1, which contains the strictest selection criteria, the system searches for a location that satisfies all the parameters. If it finds such a location, the product is allocated and the other sequences are never run. If the system is unable to find a location, it proceeds to sequence 2.
In sequence 2, which is less strict, the system searches for a location that satisfies all the parameters. If it finds such a location, the product is allocated and the other sequences are never run. If the system is unable to find a location, it proceeds to sequence 3.
In sequences 3, 4 and 5, the system continues to search for a location that satisfies all the parameters. If the system is unable to find a location in any of these sequences, it will allocate the product to the overflow location designated.
Defining Your put-away rules
Efficient and well-designed put-away rules are essential in any well-run warehouse. They allow you to make the best possible use of your available space and they inevitably lead to faster and more efficient picking. Remember, the key to faster picking is always smarter put-away. For example, product that ships together should probably be stored together.
So what are the top ten put-away requirements that your software should support?
- Whether or not to put-away to a location whose isolator matches the item’s isolator
- Whether or not to put-away to an empty or partially filled location
- Whether or not to fill the location to maximum capacity even it involves breaking a full pallet
- Whether or not to ignore or use hold codes
- Whether or not to Ignore or use cube capacity
- Whether or not to give priority to the last location used for an item
- Whether or not to allow inventory to be broken into multiple to locations
- Whether or not to consider location height when selecting a put-away location
- Whether or not to put-away product as close as possible to your pick line
- Whether or not to deactivate your directed put-away rules for selected receipts
HighJump's Enterprise 3PL Solution is a true multi-tenant WMS allowing 3PLs to configure specific business rules, billing, tasking, shipping, receiving and any other workflows by an unlimited assortment of variables such as product, customer, shipper, consignee, carrier or any combination thereof.