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Different Ways for Picking Into a Box in Microsoft Dynamics AX

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Steve Shebuski, VP of Digital Strategy

Guiding businesses through their digital transformation journey

Pick to box The warehouse management module opens up a lot of flexibility in picking product into a box. This process is simple or more complex depending on what is needed and what benefits we are looking for. Every organization is different. Just because Target License Plates or Containerization works for another company, doesn't mean it's the best option for you.

 If accuracy is a top priority, extra touch points for validation are a great way to achieve goals, but these increase the time it takes to process an order start to finish. Maybe efficiency is the leading factor in how we want to process orders and extra touches are just a hindrance. These are all things to consider when determining what type of method to use in the warehousing module.

The following scenarios give you different options on how to process orders and each has pros and cons attached.

Target License Plates

Using a target license plate is a necessity for all picking within the warehouse module in dynamics ax, and using it alone is one of the simplest pick to box scenarios in AX. On a broad level, pick to box really is just pick to a target license plate. Once the inventory is picked, nothing else needs to be done. There is even functionality to “fill” a box and start a new one, or a new target license plate, when needed.

Pros:

– Simple single touch process
– Fill multiple boxes and know what is in each box
– Limited product setup needed to use functionality
– Limited warehouse setup needed to use functionality

Cons:

– No container is created and add on functionality, like parcel shipping, will not work
– There is no way to estimate carton count ahead of time
– Each individual box must be moved, not build a pallet out of boxes

Packing

Using the Pack functionality, we create containers after all of our picking is completed. Users will pick inventory and take it to a pack station where it will be packed into individual containers, likely by another user.

Pros:

– Multiple people pick orders regardless of how they will be put into boxes
– Containers are packed however the user wishes
– Once a container is closed, no other work needs to be done. Inventory is considered Loaded
– Second validation of what is going into each container
– Exact weights are input when container is closed

Cons:

– Container Setup is needed
– Packing setup is needed
– No tracking from the pack station to the Ship Dock
– Requires double handling of inventory, best used if original pick is to a tote

Containerization

Containerization requires the most amount of setup but has a lot of benefits as well. When an order is waved, the system takes into account all dimensions of items and containers to fit items into boxes and break each box into a work id.

Pros:

– Know how many cartons an order will have
–Use add on functionality like parcel shipping
– Dual containerization are used to create pallets out of boxes
– No packing is required
– Tracking from the pack station to the load dock is possible through work

Cons:

– One person must pick an entire container
– Product dimensions must be setup
– Container setup is needed
– The systematic carton can't be changed
– Only a system weight is tied to a container

If you have any questions about the different ways to picking into boxes in Microsoft Dynamics AX, contact us. 

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