Inventory Locations

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Introduction to Inventory Locations

opentaps uses a warehouse layout model to specify physical storage locations. The model is much like many warehouses used for products,parts, and materials. The opentaps inventory location model consists of these coordinates:

Warehouse -- the facility in which storage is provided Area -- major division of storage area (example, a room or large confined area, A1 to A4) Aisle -- major subdivision of storage area (example, an aisle or walk way, I1 to I6) Section -- minor part of the subdivision (example, a storage unit or cabinet, S1 to S5) Level -- minor part of a section (example, a shelf level in the storage unit, L1 to L4) Position -- a specific spot where items are placed (example, a front bin or tub, F,M,B) Location SeqID -- the compact system ID designation for every space where inventory is placed

Example: Lets define a fictitious inventory storage space, a "Location", in warehouse "WebStoreWarehouse" which is used to supply a pick and pack operation. The physical location is as follows in our warehouse: area-2 (A2), aisle-3 (I3), storage unit-1 (S1), shelf level-2 (L2), position-Middle (M). The location type is "primary" which is equivalent to saying pick/pack.

The system then identifies this "Location" as follows:

  • Facility ID = webstorewarehouse
  • Location SeqID = A2I3S1L2M
  • Type = Pick/Primary

With this Location defined, we can now assign products to be stored there, and use all of the opentaps system functions to manage the product inventory there according to our business processes. For example, "Stock Moves" utilize data about the physical location of each inventory item of the products. Using such product inventory location data works like this:

  • First the physical location is defined within the warehouse floor plan,
  • Then the product is designated to be stocked in its physical location, and
  • Finally the actual inventory is received and stocked into the specified location(s).
  • These inventory stocking locations are either primary (for pick and pack operations), or they are bulk locations (for backup stock in bulk packaging).
  • Stock Moves and many other functions in opentaps operate with the information just described about product inventory locations.

Next, we will discuss using the system functions to implement inventory locations and management of them.

Locations for Inventory

Find Locations in Warehouse

Create Locations in Warehouse

The Warehouse Facilities

Designating the Product Locations

Primary or Picklist Versus Bulk Locations

Finding the Product Inventory