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How we achieved product specific put away rules in WMS

Author: P.S.Sriram, Consultant, Satyam Computer Services Ltd

Skill Level Rating for this Case Study: Intermediate

Abstract

The purpose of this case study is to describe how we achieved Put away product wise in WMS.

Case History

Our client is of FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) type and they are having different customers located across the world and they deal with more than 2000 items.

The business scenario is as follows:

Client has totally eight warehouses that are WMS enabled and has around 12000 locators in them. They have different warehouses for storing dry, chilled and frozen items. Client needs the items that are received into the warehouses as per the following requirements.

1. All Chilled items should go to the chilled sub Inventory, similarly dry Items to dry sub Inventory and frozen items to Frozen one

2. All items when received into the warehouse should suggest BULK FACE.

3. In that BULK FACE should suggest empty location.

For this requirement we have defined sub Inventories as BULK CHILL, BULK DRY, BULK FROZ etc. once the material is received into the warehouse based on Put away rule defined in WMS, system should suggest putting the items in the BULK sub Inventory (i.e) either in Chilled (or) Frozen (or) Dry and after that system should check for empty location in that sub Inventory.

Analysis

This is done as per the following steps:

In Item category a segment is defined as type for capturing items which are chilled / frozen / dry.

Capacities for each locator are defined in Stock Locators based on the client requirements.

Put away rules to be defined as Put away rule for BLO Chilled (or) Put away rule for BLO Dry (or) Put away rule for BLO frozen and include parameter as BULK CHILL (or) BULK DRY (or) BULK FROZ in addition to that define AND condition as Constant Number as Zero(0)

Define Strategy as Put Away strategy for BLO Chilled (or) Put Away strategy for BLO Dry (or) Put away strategy for BLO Frozen.

In Rules work bench attach the above strategy and the product based on the requirement and date type as Always based on the requirement.

Enable the check box in the rules work bench and save.

Then run the concurrent program “Generate All Rules “in Warehouse Manager Responsibility.

Step 1: Defined Put Away rule

Navigation > Warehouse Manager > Set up > Warehouse configuration > Rules > Warehouse Execution > Rules

Set up > Warehouse configuration > Rules > Warehouse Execution > Rules Step 2: Defined Put

Step 2: Defined Put Away Strategy

Navigation > Warehouse Manager > Set up > Warehouse configuration > Rules > Warehouse Execution > Strategy

> Rules > Warehouse Execution > Strategy Step 3 : Defined Rules Work bench. Navigation >

Step 3 : Defined Rules Work bench.

Navigation > Warehouse Manager > Set up > Warehouse configuration > Rules > Warehouse Execution > Rules Work bench

Warehouse Manager > Set up > Warehouse configuration > Rules > Warehouse Execution > Rules Work
• We have done the set up as per the above and when a shipment

We have done the set up as per the above and when a shipment is received into the warehouse say for e.g an item BGIN0011 is received in telnet / mobile for which we have defined as “Put away strategy for BLO Chilled” and attached in the rules work bench. The system will suggest u to put that item in BULK CHILL sub Inventory and based on the capacity given in the locators the system will suggest to put in an empty location.

Similarly an Item BIND0001 is defined in the rules work bench as “Put away strategy for BLO Dry”, so when this item is received in the warehouse the system will suggest BULK DRY sub Inventory and based on the capacity given in the locator will suggest an empty location.

An frozen item will also be received in the same way as the above by attaching “Put away strategy for BLO frozen” and based on capacity will suggest empty location.

Results, Conclusion and Learning’s

1. By Using Put away rules in the Ware House Management, we achieved the product specific put away rules.

2. To achieve this functionality, customer should implement Warehouse Management module.

References

Oracle Warehouse management user guide. Oracle Inventory user guide.

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