Beat the Heat: Hot Replenishments in Your Warehouse with RF-SMART

Beat the Heat: Hot Replenishments in Your Warehouse with RF-SMART

August 28, 2013

Authored by Sarah Mack, TeamCain

Summer may be dwindling down but that doesn’t necessarily mean that things will cool off in your warehouse. With the holiday season just around the corner (it’s creeping up fast), your warehouse will need to be in tip top shape. The latest version of RF-SMART can help with that.

New for July 2013, RF-SMART released 3 advanced workflow applications in Version 4.3 that provides users with more functionality for warehouse transactions. One of these applications is WMS Hot Replenishments, which in essence, guides your warehouse users to urgent (or “hot”) replenishment items that need to be executed right away.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers sang it best when they said “the waiting is the hardest part.” With your warehouse pick locations, waiting for materials can be a very inefficient process. This new Hot Replenishment application prevents the occurrence of users going to pick locations and discovering that they have to wait for the item to arrive. The transaction for this application is very simple and uses JDE WMS configuration, so you don’t need to worry about changes or trying to learn something new. This application comes in handy for those warehouses where things are moving fast with high volume.
The application is divided into two phases. In Phase One, users can move multiple replenishment items to a pallet or container. A temporary pallet allows you to group items together while you pick them. In this step, the user will have the option to pick by zone or location, and then identify which replenishments need to be acted on first. Phase One is all about picking up multiple hot items.

Phase Two is all about taking those picked items to the forward pick location. It could be the same user working on Phase Two or it could be a different user moving the cart to the picking area of the warehouse. Either way, when you approach Phase Two, you’re only dealing with the hottest replenishment items.

By guiding users through the warehouse, there is more control over making the movement of replenished material a more efficient process.

If you’d like to learn more about the latest versions of RF-SMART and how they can benefit your warehouse operations, contact us today.

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