In the picking processes with the Pulpo WMS App, the employee is directed to the positions in the warehouse in a route-optimized manner, from which he should take certain articles in a certain number and move them to a packing position.
There are several types of tasks in Pulpo WMS. The WEB APP configuration (with the Pulpo WMS picking algorithm) can generate picking tasks automatically. Alternatively the warehouse director can manually determine which kind of task is created.
For workflow optimization Pulpo WMS allows for advanced Multi-Order-Picking.
The following are the types of picking you can use:
- Standard (Single Order Picking): All products of an order are picked in one consecutive task by one employee.
- Split Picking: Picking tasks are split between several employees for the same order. In this case, the "fastest" picker defines the pack position and all subsequent pickers are automatically directed to the same pack position and there to complete the order in its entirety for shipment
- Batch Picking: Products from multiple orders are picked together by an employee in a task and placed in a pack position. In this case, PULPO automatically creates several pack tasks to separate the products by order
- Cluster Picking: Products from multiple orders are picked in separate boxes in a single route using a special cart. In contrast to the bulk picking, the orders are pre-sorted for the packing process during picking. This process can generate enormous efficiencies in picking (See separate article on Cluster picking).
For the employee, the process for Standard, Split and Bulk is the same:
- In the "Picking" view, the employee sees all open tasks that he can accept. If the employee has been assigned one or more tasks by the WEB APP, he can only see and complete these tasks. A task is accepted with swipe to the right. Once accepted, the employee must complete the task. This ensures that products are not forgotten "mid-way" in the warehouse and that multiple tasks are performed simultaneously.
2. The employee sees in the overview which products he has to pick in which order. If authorized by the admin, employees can also skip certain products ("skipping"). For these, new tasks are automatically created. If the employee can not pick all the products at once, he can put the products in a pack position ahead of time and continue the task afterwards. Both options are covered in separate articles.
3. The employee is directed to the first position in a route-optimized manner and must scan it. If he gets lost, Pulpo will not allow him to continue (screenshot 1). After scanning the correct position, he has to scan the appropriate product barcode (2nd screenshot) and confirm the quantity (3rd screenshot).
4. If there is less quantity than required in the position (i.e., products have been manually mis-placed), the employee is asked if he really wants to pick less than the required quantity from the position. In this case, Pulpo WMS will automatically suggest additional items (if available in another position) from which the user could pick the product to complete the task.
5. For products with Lot numbers, the employee will by default be directed to pick Lots with the shortest expiration date. Pulpo WMS automatically ensures from the outset that the employee is sent to the appropriate position. Lot numbers can also be scanned (screenshot 2) to make picking easier.
6. After all the products have been picked, the employee selects a free pack position, scans it and places the products there. With this he has finished his task. After successful picking, Pulpo WMS automatically creates a packing task. If there have been out-of-stocks, the Pack task is blocked and must be processed by the director in the Web App.
In this video you can see some examples of how to pick goods with the Pulpo WMS android app. Picking with the Mobile App