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A new Pick face replenishment module has been introduced into Version 38. In a nutshell, this module aims to treat the fetch process for replenishment in the same way as for a sales or job pick.

The main goals are as follows:

A replenishment controller can now select ranges of replenishments to release into the warehouse in waves. This allows for a more controller environment. 

The replenishment module has a full blown reservation process as is the case with Sales Order release. This means that the client can apply reservation rules to replenishments. Also, it means that the software is managing allocations on your inventory even for replenishments, making stock availability calculations more accurate. Supervisors are also able to select and enforce the track id from which stock should be fetched (this is exceptionally useful when targeting stock to bring to a machine for work).

Improve visibility on how many lines the replenishment team has to achieve and improved monitoring of the progress they make during the day. In standard scanner based replenishment, one replenishment line could currently represent fetching from 4 pallets. The new module will show these as 4 replenishment lines.

The replenishment cycle is now directed to optimize the movement through the bin locations.

The module will also boost the efficiency of the fetch process by allowing a replen-picking slip to be released per zone of the source warehouse. This means that the operator fetching stock is assigned to one or more zones to fetch from and is directed methodically through the bins as opposed to darting in all directions across the warehouse.

A picking slip is created by managing the replenishment demand as if it were sales order or job demand. A full replenishment release screen has been created (much like sales order allocation) and allows the user to auto-reserve or manually reserve tracking ids in the source warehouse for the requirement. The user can auto-reserve (oldest stock, smallest quantities or use a custom rule), or manually reserve stock and over reserve to increase the line quantity required.

A picking slip will be tracked just like a sales order or job picking slip, and stock will be picked in the same way, although within a separate scanner menu.  Additionally, pallet labels to pick stock onto will print automatically on assigning the pick and moving to the next pallet.  Pickers can be forced to pick the track id reserved or lot reserved, and be forced to scan the product on picking.

The existing replenishment put away can be used to move stock from the picked pallet to the pick face/destination bin.

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Metraclark is the largest distributors of refrigeration and air conditioning components & systems in Southern Africa.

Metraclark’s main distribution warehouse in Denver, Johannesburg serves as a nationwide distribution warehouse to all of is South African and African branches. It deploys sophisticated demand calculation mechanisms to best fulfil their customers’ demands across their branch network.

Metraclark selected DATASCOPE WMS, to enable further efficiencies in their receiving and picking processes, ensuring better turnaround times in picking efficiencies.

In receiving, a twostep process allows for SYSPRO purchase orders and LCT’s to be received by designated receiving staff. During the offloading of stock from supplier vehicles, goods are scanned and palletized in real time, ensuring stock can be put away and consumed for picking in the shortest possible time without reducing accuracy.

For the purpose of reducing human errors, Metraclark is using DATASCOPE WMS to work primarily with supplier bar codes, reducing the need to re-label stock at receiving. DATASCOPE WMS provides functionality beyond standard SYSPRO functionality in managing various local to supplier barcode mappings and scenarios.

DATASCOPE has improved the warehouse operations through introducing more detailed location management – close to 10 000 unique locations are managed by DATASCOPE WMS, ensuring stock is found, identified and confirmed at faster picking rates.

Replenishment into and management of the companies prestigious VLM (Vertical Lift Module) equipment is done through DATASCOPE WMS, enabling real time transaction management of high value items.

We thank Metraclark for choosing DATASCOPE as their preferred warehouse management solution provider.


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