Easily Create Picking Tasks in NetSuite

Develop Picking Strategies & Create Work Tasks on the Fly with Pick Planner

Do you have multiple order types that require different picking methods? If you sell into multiple markets, you probably have different order profiles set up, making pick planning a tedious task. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to automate your process?

RF-SMART’s Pick Planner allows you to plan picking tasks using various criteria, such as: Multi-Order Picking by Tote, Zone Picking, Wave Picking, or Pick by Unit of Measure (UOM). By setting up a single Pick Plan in NetSuite, multiple tasks are sent to the mobile devices instantly and take your workers on the most efficient route through the warehouse.

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How It Works

Warehouse Manager: Determines the criteria for the day’s orders and creates a pick plan right inside of NetSuite. They can either release the plan then or schedule it to run at a specific time. Pick Planner reduces the time it takes to determine how to group or split orders, optimizing the picking strategy for you.

Warehouse Worker: Receives their task on the mobile device and simply picks the orders using standard RF-SMART mobile functions. With RF-SMART, the worker is sent on the most efficient path through the warehouse, but also given the flexibility to make changes if needed. For example, counting can also continue while items are being picked. Once complete, tasks are updated in real-time in NetSuite, and an item fulfillment is created for the task or order.

 

With Pick Planner, you can:

  • Split orders to allow multiple employees to pick and create a single item fulfillment in NetSuite
  • Combine orders together and pick into to totes or stage items while automatically creating item fulfillment 
  • Send workers on the most efficient path through warehouse 
  • Reduce the time it takes to manually determine how orders will be picked

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NetSuite idea3 Rules For Optimized Picking

60% of a typical warehouse worker’s cost is spent on the picking process. Improving this piece of your inventory management strategy can impact your entire business. 

Rule #1 - Have the right item in the correct warehouse bin
It sounds simple enough, but a huge amount of resource is wasted on pickers not being able to find the item(s) they need. Protect your productivity by ensuring item putaways and bin replenishments are done promptly and accurately.

Rule #2 – Reduce the distance pickers needs to travel
Optimizing your warehouse layout so that pickers can travel the shortest possible distance is another smart way to gain efficiency.

Rule #3 – Optimize pick paths to match your order profile
How does your customer submit orders? Whether it’s eCommerce, a small retail store or a large business, each will have a different order profile – and will require different picking methods.

Pick Planner helps you with this. Plan picking tasks by the relevant criteria, including multi-order picking by tote, zone picking, wave picking or pick by unit of measurement.

 

 

Mack’s Prairie Wings Gains Inventory Control

US-based retailer Mack’s Prairie Wings manages over 104,000 square feet of warehouse space for their hunting supplies business. Having outgrown their existing solution, they turned to RF-SMART's NetSuite WMS to gain efficiencies in picking, receiving, label printing and more.

With over 60,000 SKU’s and a very diverse product mix, it’s safe to say that not every pick is the same for Mack’s. RF-SMART’s Pick Planner dynamically assigns the most effective pick method for each order,

allowing them to zone by bins and task lines. In turn, orders are shipped faster and more efficiently than before – saving them $60k in labour costs in just one year.

What’s more, Pick Planner also helps them to remain compliant when managing heavily regulated items. By assigning these orders to certain pickers and processes, they are given the extra picking, packing and labelling attention they need.

Pick Planner accommodates the fast moving items and gets the high volume items picked, packed and shipped more quickly. Our overtime and labor hours are significantly less than the previous year. We saved around $60K in labor last year. This positively impacts our efficiency and quality, which in turn, improves our customer service.”

Read why Mack's Prairie Wings thinks RF-SMART is "hands down the best WMS solution for NetSuite."

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