wmsView plans and organizes relevant activities for receiving, stocking, cycle count, replenishment, picking, re-slotting, packing, and shipping. All activities are represented in the system in the form of tasks. These tasks are pre-planned whenever possible and generated by the system. Examples of such tasks include activities such as putting away a carton, picking an item from a stocking location and placing it in a shippable container, or cycle counting at a location. Stockroom personnel can perform pre-planned tasks in a productive and effective manner. Tasks are tracked by the system from the time the task is created to the time it is completed, as well as by individual who performed the task. This feature provides the basis for measurement of labor productivity and activity cycle time. Stockroom supervisors can designate personnel and priority levels for each task.
Balance-on-hand location types are forward pick and primary reserve. The entire stockroom can be configured to use only one location type or it can be segregated dependent upon the physical setup, material handling equipment, velocity of items and space availability.
Forward pick locations are typically floor level locations that are easy to pick. These locations are reserved for a specific item at any given point of time and typically store high velocity items. Each location can have a minimum and a maximum amount assigned for backup replenishment purposes.
Primary reserve locations are often above floor level or off-site locations. Stock replenishes to forward pick locations on a first-in-first-out (FIFO) basis or other rotation rules such as LIFO, Expiration date and best fit which is selectable in Item Master when the balance-on-hand falls below the established minimum.
Receiving dock, truck (material handling equipment such as fork lift and order picker), container staging and shipping dock are other types of stocking locations. These are not pickable balance-on-hand locations. Rather, they enable wmsView to track item and container movement throughout the entire warehouse and supply chain.
The last type of location is the Work-In-Process warehouse, which is designed for tracking inventory of an area. This is typical a production line or a test station. Inventory is tracked as they are picked for these kinds of locations and the balance-on-hand is typically relieved through back-flushed or other regular means.
Execution of Replenishment TaskswmsView allows the warehouse supervisor to assign personnel to replenish by zone and by aisle. When in system-direct mode, and based on the supervisor's assigned priority, the system directs operators to pick in sequence from the primary reserve locations until the truck is full. The system then directs personnel to put away the material in forward pick locations in the put away sequence.
Replenishment - Minimum/Maximum Quality CheckwmsView provides reports which compare actual quantity pulled within a specified date range against the minimum and maximum inventory allowed of forward pick items. This option provides important feedback to the stockroom personnel allowing them to adjust the minimum and maximum inventory necessary to accommodate changing demands.
Replenishment on demandWhen situation occurs that forward pick location do not have sufficient inventory to satisfy demand, replenishment task will automatically be generated without waiting for the next planned replenishment cycle. This is to insure high order fulfillment rate in an effective manner.
Task visibilityAll tasks have visibility in the system and they are summarized on one screen. These tasks includes receiving, put away, replenishmnet, cycle count, relocation, picking, packing and truck loading.
System DirectThe warehouse supervisor has the ability to assign different tasks and priorities to personnel. When an operator logs into the system via system direct mode, they are directed to perform the tasks based on priorities set previously by the warehouse supervisor. For example, supervisor John Smith can assign Jane Davis to perform all replenishment tasks in zone 01 and 02, and then to perform all cycle count tasks of zone 01 and 02.
Labor ProductivityThe system records all tasks, creation of those tasks, who performed them, and when the task was completed. This information is viewable on the wmsView inquiry screens. A report is available per operator listing the tasks they performed, at what time the task was performed, as well as the current status this task.
Cycle Time MeasurementwmsView uses detail tracking to provide the basis for cycle time measurement for both inbound stock processing and outbound order fulfillment. This option is very instrumental for recognizing trends and setting goals.
Task InterweavingInstead of a person making one round trip to simply put material away, the solution can ask them to put "Item X" away and to do a cycle count in "Location Y" on the return trip. We can interweave other tasks as well. This reduces inefficient "deadheading" in the warehouse.
Task and labor standardwmsView has plans to provide task and labor standards by task, zone, and labor proficiency level.
Cycle Count TasksThere are two kinds of cycle count tasks; scheduled count and demand counts.
- Scheduled counts are based on ABC classification. You can specify the number of days to count per classification. For example, count all "A" items in 30 days, all "B" items in 60 days, and all "C" items in 240 days.
- The system generates demand counts whenever a balance-on-hand problem is detected. For example, a picker unable to complete a pick task due to BOH or when balance-on-hand of the location is lower than a user-specified parameter (normally lower than three), the system confirms the count. If the confirmation is negative, a cycle count task is generated for the location.
You can also manually generate cycle count tasks by other parameters such as zone, aisle, or activities of a date and time range.
Execution of Cycle Count TasksFor system-generated tasks, the supervisor can specify, by priority, by individual name, who counts which zones. The system then directs personnel to count in location sequence. Tasks are performed using hand-held or truck mounted radio frequency terminals. At any time, authorized personnel can count any location on demand. At time of counting, the location is locked from other activity. In other words, you cannot count and pick at the same location at the same time.
Cycle count reportsThere are various cycle count reports available within the system that provide important information on a daily and monthly basis.
Row AuditSystem generated various row audit reports for end users to verify inventory.
Physical inventoryThis module allows for traditional form of data entry physical inventory to satisfy the paper audit requirements of some auditors. Forms can be printed per location for personnel to write down the inventory and data entry into system. There is no restriction on number of counts. Counts are completed only when audit.