Do you always use the same picking methodology, or do you use different methods depending on the customer, season, type of orders, etc?
We typically use different picking methods on the order type and customer. For e-commerce we typically use a pick to cart by order and scan SKU. If we group orders that are for kits with the same component items we will use a “Simple Wave” because it’s more efficient.
What type of work do you do?
What’s cool about InfoPlus is that we can have a fulfillment plan for each scenario.
We do a custom solution. Mostly PTC By Order, but if there are orders with >= 7 with the same makeup (same skus and qtys), they get pulled out and they’re batch picked.
Jake - have you seen Insights? If you are batching like-with-like, Insights does that automatically.
" Infoplus Insights is not your typical analytics tool—it’s a game-changer for fulfillment operations. By harnessing the power of user-defined Service Level Agreement (SLA) information and leveraging cutting-edge machine learning algorithms, it goes beyond historical data analysis. It actively mines order data to identify trends and patterns that provides real-time visibility as to what orders need to be focused on and offers “insight” on the most effective method(s) of processing them, given the current state of affairs. At the end of the day, it answers two main questions:
- Given an order, what other orders are similar to it?
- Or, in reverse: What sets of similar-looking orders do I have?
- Given a set of orders, what kind of labor will it take to fulfill them, considering the various production methodologies (i.e., layout by order, pick to cart, mass distribution) used?
One of the key strengths of Infoplus Insights is its ability to adapt in real-time. It understands there are nuances with each customer and that external variables are in constant flux. As a result, it provides actionable “insights” that empower businesses to make informed decisions on the fly."
It is a paid module, but if you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend a demo just to keep it in the back of your mind.
Interesting. We use Insights, but not to the scope or degree as you’ve outlined. Definitely need to look at this module closer…