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❗️Positions inside a PULPO warehouse are created and managed using PULPO WMS Warehouse Wizard. (If you are not yet a client of PULPO WMS please reach out to our team for an introduction to this amazing and unique PULPO WMS module!) In this article, we explain the different types of positions and the logic behind their nomenclature. We also give you an example of how a preliminary layout can be created without using the Warehouse Wizard.
1. Type of positions in PULPO WMS:
PULPO WMS manages different types of positions and zones according to standard warehouse operations and distributions. Standard zones in a logistic warehouse will at least include the following zones:
- Incoming zone: Zone where incoming products (from suppliers or returns) are received.
- Storage zone: Zone where products are stored/warehoused, waiting to be picked and distributed. Typically by far the largest zone.
- Packing zone: Zone where the picked products are packed into parcels/boxes or containers.
- Shipping zone: Zone where products are waiting to be picked up by the transportation company.
By default, PULPO WMS classifies positions of the different zones as follows:
- Incoming zone: "Reception positions". Here products are received and accepted in the warehouse. Usually composed of 1 - 10 positions to temporarily receive products before they are either warehoused or quarantined.
- Incoming zone: "Return positions". Products put into "return positions" are not made available. Reasons can be delivery conditions, pending checks or damage. Manual movements into storage positions can make the product available for sales. Often referred to as 'quarantine zone' it is usually composed of a few racks.
- Storage zone: "Storage positions" are the standard positions for products inside the warehouse. Can have up to thousands of positions.
- Packing zone: "Packing positions". Here picked products are controlled and put into parcels/boxes or containers put together according to the placed outgoing orders and proceed to be packed. Depending on company processes can have a few positions or many, if temporary packing positions are also used as 'waiting area' when picking is either faster than packing or if tasks are executed in waves.
- Shipping zone: "Shipping positions". Here products are waiting to be taken out of the warehouse and into delivery vehicles.
2. Positions nomenclature in PULPO WMS:
Basically, the user can freely determine the nomenclature and number of non-storage positions inside the warehouse. PULPO WMS also creates the barcodes for each position to improve the scanning operations when performing any warehousing tasks.
For warehouses with high volatility, these barcodes can also be applied to mobile position/items, e.g. pilons can be barcoded and used to quickly adapt to temporary needs and to optimally use the space inside the warehouse while at the same time not losing control of the stock.
For "normal" storage positions, PULPO WMS uses the following 6 digit Best Practices Standard:
- 1st number/character: Zone
- 2nd number: Hallway (Aisle)
- 3rd number: Row
- 4th number: Module
- 5th number: Level (vertical, starting from below)
- 6th number: Position (horizontal, starting from the left)
3. Example to understand PULPO's WMS positions nomenclature and layouts:
As an example, we will define the following position nomenclature for a given warehouse:
Nomenclature: Zone - Aisle - Row - Rack - Level - Position
Now, suppose we want to create a position in Zone 7, in Aisle 1, at Row 1, in Rack 1 and Level 1. This will be a unique position with the code: 7-1-1-1-1-1
The following is a representation of the positions in a shelf (front view) for this example:
A well-defined nomenclature is important in many ways. It ensures that employees can easily coordinate inside the warehouse. In addition, it allows flexibility when changes occur inside the warehouse.
PULPO WMS can handle different warehouse layouts. By nomenclature and orientation from packing positions, PULPO WMS always ensures the optimal route guidance.