A pick stream is used to combine orders that must be picked in a certain way.
Orders that consist of a single item of a single product (plus any E-check added products). It does not matter how large the product is. Multiple S orders of different products can be picked in bulk into a single large crate. During the E-check, a random product can be taken from the crate to be shipped. Because S orders can be processed more efficiently than other order types, there are ways to create more S orders:
- Products that are included in many orders can be placed at the E-check, so they do not have to be picked separately.
- Large products can be split off into separate orders.
Orders that consist of more than one item of a single product (plus any E-check added products). Multiple orders can be picked in bulk into a single large crate. S orders of the product in question can also be picked at the same time. During the E-check, a random product can be taken from the crate to be shipped. The E-check will specify how many additional items of that product must be included.
Orders that consist of multiple products. These orders can be picked in the following ways.
- Multiple orders at once in a single picking round with multiple crates on a cart
- Multiple orders at once in a single crate, which are then sorted via put-to-light
- Multiple orders at once in a single crate, which are then sorted with an E-check wall
If an order contains products that are too large, it will be marked as an LM or L order. The maximum dimensions of an M order can be set for a warehouse. The volume of the products is also compared against the volume of the specified dimensions.
Orders that consist of multiple products, where one product exceeds the specified maximum dimensions. The process is otherwise the same as the one used for M orders.
Orders that consist of large or many different products. These orders are picked individually.
Orders with the same composition of products. Given that these orders are easy to sort, they can also be picked in bulk and then sorted at the E-check.
The scanner makes it possible to pick entire pallets. Orders will be available for pallet picking if:
- A location is picked empty or the number of ordered products at a location is higher than the value set for ‘Partial pallet threshold value’;
- The location is marked as a pallet location;
- The location is in a pallet zone.
It is possible to pick orders one at a time by selecting them from a list on the scanner. The criteria that an order has to meet to end up in this pick stream can be customised. These criteria include volume, number of products, number of lines and only for certain clients.
Orders that cannot be picked via the scanner. Some orders cannot be picked via the scanner.
- E-check only orders;
- Prepack orders that have already been packed.
For certain pick streams, it is possible to pick multiple orders at once. Only orders with the same scheduled send date are included in a bulk picking action. Note that it is possible for orders with different pick-up times to be included in the same bulk picking action. This can be avoided by changing a setting in GoMonta, potentially a number of minutes before the pick-up time can be specified.
Put-to-light and E-check wall
With put-to-light and an E-check wall, bulk-picked products can be sorted into individual orders.