The WMS coordinates, organizes and manages all the information and operational flows relating to: • Receiving, • Putaway, • Internal handling, • Corrections, • Returns management, • Warehouse transfers, • Sales, • Outlet sales.
The organization of the order-pickers’ work is automated as the system assigns the "priority" tasks by order-picker. The level of the priorities implemented in SMA.I.L:) Stocksystem have been agreed with the customer according to specific criteria, like creation date of the lists, forwarder and boxes quantity (number of boxes).
Since the items master-data feature volume and weight data, the system automatically calculates the box volume and weight. The check of weight/volume is carried out during the weighing by the worker which decides to open the box for a further check in case the weight doesn’t match the one set in the master data. If it matches, the system automatically prints the shipping label for each box.
Master-box picking tasks for a specific SKU in different orders, is carried out via multiple-order-picking: all master-boxes are collected simultaneously, the system immediately prints the relevant shipping labels in the right quantity for each destination. The shipping labels printed by SMA.I.L:) Stocksystem already feature a specific barcode for each forwarder.
The picking lines are refilled via automated replenishment operated by SMA.I.L:) Stocksystem according to preferential picking locations and to minimum and maximum quantities assigned to each fast-moving SKU.
In the shelving area of the warehouse workers can check - in a graphic and intuitive way - all running tasks per order-picker/truck thanks to a screen automatically updating.
This way workers get a full-paperless real-time overview of the open tasks.
For orders featuring not many SKUs, great quantities and addressing many different customers, the warehouse manager generates multiple-order-picking tasks from shelf: the system puts together the tasks “by material” and directly prints the shipping labels for the master-boxes.
An agreement has been closed with a forwarder to pick up the pallet and then apply onto each box the relevant shipping label delivered together with each pallet.
This way lot of time is saved as the whole labelling process is covered by the forwarder.