Wave Picking

Wave picking is a means to group orders together and process them for picking at the same time.  You can group orders according to four main criteria:

  1. Owner – orders for a specific owner can be selected.
  2. Delivery Address – orders for a specific delivery address can be selected, if the delivery address is held on file in Company Set-up>Delivery Addresses.
  3. Delivery Date – orders for a specific delivery date can be selected.
  4. Delivery Time – orders for a specific delivery time can be selected, where the delivery date is also specified.

 

How to Use Wave Picking

Select the Orders option from the menu and click the ‘Wave Orders’ button.  If any wave orders already exist these will be displayed.  Otherwise click the ‘New Wave Order’ button, which will display the following form: (New Picture 1 Needed Here)

 

The ‘Assign to’ field can be used if you want to assign the wave pick to a specific operative.

The following fields can then be completed to make your selection of orders:

  • Owner detail
  • Delivery address
  • Order date
  • Delivery date/delivery time

The ‘Records per page’ field enables you to specify how many orders you want like to see displayed per page.

Cluster pick – this check box is used if you want to create a cluster pick – see Cluster Picking below.

Once you have completed the required fields for your selection, click ‘Get Orders’.  The ‘Filtered Orders’ display will now appear at the bottom of the screen as below. (New Picture 2 Needed Here)

 

This can now be used to refine your order selection by checking or un-checking the boxes to the left of the line.  If you want to cancel creation of the wave you can click the ‘Cancel’ button.

When you are happy with your selection click the ‘Add to Wave’ button.  When you do this you are processing them for picking as well as adding them to the wave, and accordingly a movement list for each order will be created.

The wave you have created is now displayed on screen showing the selected orders (same view as Filtered Orders tab below).

Above the display there are four tabs;

  1. Wave orders

This tab returns you to the main wave orders display (all created waves will be listed there).

  1. Header details

This tab allows you to amend the ‘Assign to’ information on the wave header details.

  1. Filtered orders

This tab displays the orders that have been selected for the created wave.

  1. Movement lists

This tab displays the movement lists for the orders, which can be confirmed in the normal way.  This function works in exactly the same way as for other orders, see ProSKU>Orders>Completing the Order Using Movements.

Also at this point, as per standard operation you can generate a printed movement (picking) list to be used in the picking and confirmation process.  As this is for a ‘wave’ of orders there is only one print instruction for all the orders on the wave.  However, each order appears on a separate page within the print for ease of use operationally.

The options to use handheld devices to combine picking and confirmation are also available according to the configuration of your system.

If the wave needs to be cancelled after this point you can do this by cancelling the individual pick instructions in the movement list.  The order(s) can then be deleted from the wave, and the wave itself can be deleted.

 

Cluster Picking (also sometimes called ‘Pick & Pack’)

Cluster picking is a picking methodology which enables a number of orders to be picked simultaneously.  In this it differs from wave picking.  With wave picking, although orders are grouped and processed together, they are actually picked individually using a single pick instruction per order.

Cluster picking combines several orders for picking and is ‘location driven’ so that for each location visit, product may be picked to satisfy multiple orders.  The picking instructions are given in a location (walk) sequence so that when the walk is completed all products for all orders have been picked.  This sequence can be a system ‘default’ sequence or a user defined sequence.

The process will normally be undertaken using equipment such as a trolley containing several shelves or spaces, or on which several boxes – one or more for each order – are placed.  In this way the process is sometimes used to eliminate a separate packing stage as the picker is able to seal up the boxes as each order is completed – hence the term ‘pick and pack’.

How to Use Cluster Picking

(Please re-read wave picking instructions above if necessary).

Creating a cluster pick uses the same process as wave picking, above.  There is no difference in the initial selection process by which orders are selected for addition to a wave.  However, in this instance the ‘cluster pick’ box at the bottom of the form must be checked.

Once you have clicked ‘Add to Wave’ the cluster pick orders are processed for picking as they are for standard wave picking as described above.  The display (see below) is therefore largely the same but except for two items. (New Picture 3 Needed Here)

 

The tabs shown at the top of the display are the same as the wave picking display except that the far right hand tab says ‘Cluster’ (list) rather than ‘Movement’.  Its function, however, is just the same.

The other difference is the field at the centre of the screen called ‘Cluster Size’.  This field enables you to specify the size of each cluster you wish to create from the total number of orders you have added to the wave.  If for example you had 16 orders on the wave you might wish to split this into two ‘clusters’.  Each cluster will represent a picking ‘walk’ in which 8 orders will be completed.

What might determine this in practice is the equipment (trolley, etc.) you are using to perform the pick.  But it could also just be a simple limit on the number of orders a picker can effectively handle without introducing error into the process.

Once you have entered a number into the field click the ‘Cluster Size’ button.  This will then split the wave into the specified number of clusters.  Where the number of orders on the wave does not divide exactly by the entered number a residual cluster will be created e.g. 16 orders with a cluster size of 5 will make three clusters of 5 orders and one of 1 order.

As with standard wave orders above, a printed movement (picking) list can be generated for use in the picking and confirmation process.  This differs to standard wave picking, and a separate print instruction is available for each cluster on the wave.

As described earlier, each instruction will present a walk sequence of locations, which when completed will fulfill several orders.

The options to use handheld devices to combine picking and confirmation are also available according to the configuration of your system.

If the wave needs to be cancelled after this point you can do this by cancelling the individual pick instructions in the movement list.  The order(s) can then be deleted from the wave, and the wave itself can be deleted.  You may also wish to cancel one of more orders where these are part of a small residual cluster, so that they can be added to another wave later.