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Types of wave processing

There are several methods that you can use to process waves or logical sets of work in your fulfillment operations:

  • Pick to Staging Wave
  • Pick/Pack Wave
  • Batch Shipping

Pick to Staging Wave - The user selects a set of sales orders. The system generates a pick plan to pick goods to a forward or staging location. From the pick plan, the user creates pick tickets and assigns pickers to each. After all of the goods have been picked to the staging location, you still need to fulfill each sales order. This can be done using shipments to ship each sales order (either one by one or in batch), and using a pick policy that looks just at the contents of the staging location.

  • This type of wave helps optimize your picking operations by combining the goods to be picked from across many sales orders.
  • This type of wave works well for operations that have many orders but low numbers of different item masters, or for operations that have a small number of very large orders.

Pick/Pack Wave - The user selects a set of sales orders. The system generates a pack plan and several bills of lading. Each bill of lading may combine items from several sales orders. The system also generates a pick plan to pick all of the goods to a packing station. From the pick plan, the user creates pick tickets and assigns pickers to each. After all of the goods have been picked and delivered to the packing station, then all of the packages on a bill of lading are packed and the bill of lading is closed. The inventory leaves the warehouse and the sales orders are fulfilled.

  • This type of wave helps optimize both your picking operations and your packing operations. It optimizes your picking operations by combining the goods to be picked from across many sales orders. It optimizes your packing operations by combining the goods to be shipped from across many sales orders.
  • This type of wave works well for operations that have a large number of orders, and for operations that have a large number of item masters.

Batch Shipping - The user selects a set of sales orders. The system creates one or more shipments to fulfill each sales order. When each shipment is closed, the inventory leaves the warehouse and the sales orders are fulfilled.

  • This type of wave helps reduce work in the SmartTurn user interface, but is otherwise identical to shipping each sales order individually.

All information about batch shipments is under the Fulfillment section. See Creating shipments from sales orders in batch and Shipping sales orders in batch.

See Also

Concepts

Wave

Status of a wave

Modifying a wave

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