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Method of Picking Merchandise Involving Innerpack Quantities

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000112348D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gregory Jr, WD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Distribution Center control systems typically direct workers to pick merchandise based on First-in, First-out logic. This is not always efficient in break-pack picking. Disclosed is a method which provides an efficient solution to the picking of partial-case quantities of merchandise.

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Method of Picking Merchandise Involving Innerpack Quantities

      Distribution Center control systems typically direct workers to
pick merchandise based on First-in, First-out logic.  This is not
always efficient in break-pack picking.  Disclosed is a method which
provides an efficient solution to the picking of partial-case
quantities of merchandise.

      The challenge for distribution center systems is to manage the
flow of work in the order-filling area.  Typical systems use
First-in, First-out (FIFO) inventory control procedures to pick the
oldest merchandise first.

      The module of control code for distribution that handles
inner-packs would make use of case characteristics tabled in the item
master file.  These include:

o   Case Quantity

o   Innerpack quantity

o   Minimum ship unit quantity

o   Number of inner-packs in a case

o   Number of ship units in a case

      The control code would bypass the generally-accepted
rule-of-thumb of First-in, First-out (FIFO) inventory management for
the generation of specific picking instructions.  The process of
order selection would flow as follows:

1.  The system compares ordered quantities (outbound orders to be
    filled) with stock on-hand.

2.  The order quantity would be divided into, and assignments made in
    the following sequence to minimize the number of actual picks:

    a.  Number of full pallets

    b.  Number of full cases

    c.  Number of complete inner-...