Operation of a high-bay warehouse
Defining the warehouse structure
In order to prepare the programme to run the warehouse, its structure must be defined in the system to reflect the actual organisation of the storage space. This structure should be hierarchical, enabling the correct location of resources.
Warehouse space management
With the help of a modern system, it is possible to manage all the processes necessary for the proper functioning of a warehouse, including activities requiring very advanced logistics processes, such as cross-docking complementary handling.
The functionality of complementary cross-docking is a way to save time and effort by directly directing inventory from the receiving area to the shipping area without placing inventory in the warehouse. Cross-docking requires precise synchronization of all deliveries, both internal and external, so that resources are in the cross-docking location at a specific time. In this model, resources are not stored, which reduces the cost of warehouse operations.
Division of the warehouse into zones
In order to handle warehouse processes efficiently, the warehouse should be divided into functional zones, ideally reflecting the most important processes to be performed:
- reception area
- cross-docking zone
- storage area
- picking zone
- release zone
Advanced handling of warehouse operations
Warehouse processes can be integrated with fiscal printers and barcode readers. It is also possible to record stock blocks of goods with quality defects.
Warehouse classes, storage location priorities, special equipment
The functionality offered by the WMS makes it possible to define warehouse classes that provide an appropriate way of storing stock in different conditions, as well as repackaging stock accumulated in larger units of measure into smaller ones.
Mobile warehouse management
It is possible to handle all warehouse operations, such as receipts and transfers, online on a mobile basis, which allows handling from anywhere and significantly increases the efficiency of warehouse operations.
Optimisation of storage space utilisation with container replenishment function
To maximise the use of storage space, a company needs a tool to automatically detect unused container space and calculate the amount needed to completely fill a container. At the same time, such a tool can also suggest where to take stock from and update the status of the container. For this type of need, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central offers the Shift Sheet.
Full inventory management
At any time it is possible to verify the data recorded in the system with the actual state. In the case of the High-Bay Warehouse, it is particularly helpful to use barcodes and labels, which significantly shorten and facilitate the inventory process.
Records of internal warehouse operations
All actions within the warehouse are recorded in the system, resulting in a detailed record of documents and actions taken, such as internal receipts (I.T.), internal dispatches (I.R.I.), as well as the history of withdrawals, put-aways, returns, transfers and replenishments. The system also creates inventory records.