Inventory sitting in a warehouse is anything but that. It is a dynamic flow of products that move in from places elsewhere, from place to place within the warehouse and eventually out the door. Having product ready and available for fulfillment will ensure that orders are shipped in a timely fashion and that pickers don’t have to hunt for product.
Inventory sitting in a warehouse is anything but that.It is a dynamic flow of products that move in from places elsewhere, from place to place within the warehouse and eventually out the door. Having product ready and available for fulfillment will ensure that orders are shipped in a timely fashion and that pickers don’t have to hunt for product.
If you have setup your warehouse in an orderly fashion, you will have pick bins, overstock areas and possibly other warehouses that will have product available and ready to replenish your main warehouse. The right Warehouse Management System (WMS) can guide replenishments and make sure that picking locations are brimming with product ready to fulfill orders.
Pick bins are the main sites from which orders will be fulfilled. These should be arranged so they are easily accessed with a pick cart or by a worker picking orders. Fast moving product would be closer to the shipping area than other slower moving product. As product is depleted out of these areas they will need to be replenished. You can replenish them out of a let down bin that is in the same warehouse, from another warehouse, or have to create a purchase order to your vendor. The right WMS will alert you to low levels of inventory in your pick bins and prompt action.It will direct you to move product from a different location within the warehouse to your designated pick bin.It might prompt you to move inventory from another warehouse within your system to your main warehouse where the pick bins can be replenished or create a PO to your vendors to be received against at a later date.
Having inventory on hand and available for fulfillment makes filling orders easy and your workflow streamlined. Filling your pick areas before the inventory runs out will keep that workflow going. The right WMS will help you keep track of inventory, what your levels are and when and how much inventory needs to be moved. Optimizing workflow saves time and money. Constantly replenishing your inventory to pick locations will greatly increase that optimization.