2 Enhancements Unlock the Potential of SAP Wave Picking

  • by Hasan Yakisan, Senior LES Consultant, Enowa Consulting
  • June 12, 2009
Improve warehouse productivity and efficiency by streamlining your warehouse activities with wave creation logic and a wave monitor.
Key Concept
A warehouse pick wave consists of a group of deliveries or work packages that need to be processed together during picking. For example, these deliveries need to ship together on the same truck, or you need to pick these orders from the same warehouse pick zone. You can create pick waves either manually or automatically according to time criteria. Capacity or other restrictions can be taken into consideration when waves are formed. If the deliveries you need to pick are already assigned to shipments, you can refer to these shipments when the pick waves are formed by using the shipment number. This ensures all deliveries in one shipment belong to exactly one pick wave and that you are not allowed to distribute deliveries from the same shipment among different pick waves.

In today’s warehouse operations, the inbound and outbound workload is typically optimized to maximize warehouse use by providing the business services required at the right time and the right place. This requires careful planning and management of product movements through the warehouse. Wave processing allows you to take on many of the complex requirements high volume warehouse operations face in a variety of industries, such as retail or wholesale parts distributions.

One of my clients provides non-food products almost on a daily basis to national hotel and restaurant chains across the US. The company has six distribution centers nationwide processing several thousands of order lines per day that need to be confirmed and shipped within 24 hours. The most critical requirement in its distribution centers was to be able to process a large number of transactions (customer order lines) in a short period of time. Such high volume warehouse environments require the ability to schedule and optimize outbound shipments to get the maximum output throughout the day. The key to such warehouse operations is to optimize and group the large number of order lines and create warehouse pick waves to be processed efficiently.

Hasan Yakisan

Hasan Yakisan is a senior SAP LES consultant with more than 17 years of SAP implementation experience. During his career, he has focused on helping his customers optimize their logistics business processes by designing SAP solutions for highly complex logistics business requirements to maximize and enhance the functionality of the SAP R/3 product, and has been providing new solutions within the logistics area.

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