Future: Better Order Queue and Fulfillment Processing with barcode scanner.
Many systems first scan packing list barcode, then scan bin order will be picked into, then pick each item scanning it until order is complete. It is then transferred to "packaging" who scans the bin number which pulls up order shipment details to enter weight or any other details for customs, etc., optionally scan in code for packaging materials used, finally prints shipping label for FedEx, USPS, or UPS.
List of all Open Orders broken into sections:
Ready to Ship (Sufficient Quantity available)
Insufficient Inventory (checkbox could be selected, items with insufficient inventory would remain on backorder)
Ability to select 1 or More orders to be picked. Top of Picking List (by order) shows Order # with Text Box Field for Picking Bin (can be typed in or scanned with barcode scanner). Of course picking list could also be printed, BUT NO NEED
We do not need to print a separate picking list from packing slips. We simply print the packing slip and place it in each Picking Bin. I know other organizations with much larger warehouses/volumes may try to create a “picking path”, but we are not that point yet.
While Picking, scan Picking Bin barcode (PER #2 above) then each item barcode (OR for other customers, if in picking multiple orders simultaneously mode), scan Item barcode then Picking Bin Barcode and system checks off each item until complete and ready to pack/ship when all items are picked.
At Pack/Ship Bench, Picking Bin is scanned (possibly into search box in ShipStation) which brings up the order, showing the total weight based on product sku weight attribute, with an empty text box to type in weight or populated from USB scale. Then Shipping Label is printed.
If using ShipStation, I suppose the Picking Bin number would somehow have to get transferred to ShipStation maybe as a Tag allowing it to be searched? Not sure without having used ShipStation yet.
With the exception of automation rules in ShipStation, I think it would be easier to use, possibly easier even to program/develop, if shipping labels was done directly within Dear Systems without having to use/maintain integration with ShipStation. Increases perceived value of Dear Systems. Much better to have one less tool, one less thing for employees to learn, one less complexity, one less integration. But I understand that requires pulling information from FedEx Web Services API and USPS (Stamps.com API / Endicia APIs) to populate report. Maybe it’s not that difficult?
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