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Improved Picking of Merchandise from Flow Racks

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107260D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 3 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gregory Jr, WD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Distribution Center control systems employing paper-based directional guidance lack the system support to track employee activity and guide employees as to the work to be done. This article provides a method to remedy this without extensive technology deployment.

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Improved Picking of Merchandise from Flow Racks

       Distribution Center control systems employing paper-based
directional guidance lack the system support to track employee
activity and guide employees as to the work to be done.  This article
provides a method to remedy this without extensive technology
deployment.

      There are several items that must occur prior to being able to
make full use of the disclosed system.  They are:
      1.   A DC control system that manages work within a DC or
warehouse.
      2.   The ability to access an item master file that included
weight and cubic dimension data.
      3.   A DC Control system that tracks and identifies moveable
units as separate entities containing merchandise SKUs (Stock-Keeping
Units).
      4.   A system that has access to the outbound order files with
data on the customer, address, shipping and routing instructions.

      The figure shows the consumable label for use in flow-rack
picking.  The label consists of two separate components.  The top
half will become the serialized carton-marking label (for use with
Advance Ship Notices and tracking systems).  This is affixed to the
carton after filling.  The bottom half of the label is the picklist,
which becomes the carton (or tote) manifest.  The label contains the
following indexed information:
      1.   Header information
      2.   Ship-to name
      3.   Address
      4.   Miscellaneous information regarding advertisements or
promotions for retain customers
      5.   Staging lane/load
      6.   Load sequence
      7.   Bill of lading number
      8.   Invoice number
      9.   Serialized shipping container marking (barcoded) for
tracking in the DC control system.

      The body of the label contains the specific data required to
execute the picking instructions.  This includes:
      10.  Location
      11.  Quantity
      12.  Stock...