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Imagine a very large company which sold several highly popular products. During the course of a given day, the same product may be ordered hundreds or thousands of times by different customers. If with each order, a warehouse employee went to the shelf to look for the product, the same employee could be making hundreds or thousands of identical roundtrips to fetch the same item. This is of course extremely inefficient.

The picklist is designed to solve this problem by grouping items to be shipped from multiple orders together, so that on one trip, a warehouse employee could retrieve the same item multiple times for multiple orders. A picklist is a report which shows a list items to be retrieved or “picked” from a warehouse for outgoing shipments. They are ordered by the location of the items in the warehouse, so that a “picker” would be able to go through the warehouse and retrieve the items in the same sequence as the pick list. The idea is that you pick orders, then pack them, and then they become shipments.

How Picklists Work

When you create a pick list, the system will go through all the open outstanding orders which can be shipped, exclude any order items which are already on an existing pick list, and group the remaining items together. It would then create a bin for each order and record the products which need to go into each bin.

Configuring Warehouse Locations

If you wish to have the system order your picklists based on the location of items in the warehouse, you need to create locations for your warehouse first. You can fill in the codes for area, aisle, section, level, and position which denote the particular location in the warehouse. A sequenceId which will be used later to determine the order of picking will be generated based on these codes. The type of a location can be “Bulk” or “Pick/Primary”. Inventory in “Pick/Primary” locations will be put on picking lists. Inventory stored in bulk items must be transferred first in a Stock Move.

Below the location is a menu for associating products in each location. “Minimum” is the minimum quantity at a location before a move is triggered, and “move” is the quantity moved each time. Note that this is the same as the [Catalog] > [Product] >> [Locations] screen in the catalog manager.