The Processing tab allows you to manage and fulfill batches that are waiting to be processed.
Batches are not created and added to this table automatically. You or another SKULabs user will need to create a batch from a group of orders, either from this page or from the Processing Orders page.
A number of actions can be performed on this tab, including:
Settings: This menu contains a number of settings used to create and fulfill batches:
- # of bins: This determines the maximum number of orders that will be added to a new batch, with each order being assigned to a bin.
- Order preference: This determines the type of orders you wish to prioritize when creating new batches. For example, you can choose to prefer smaller, simpler orders over larger, more complex ones.
- Location sorting: This allows you to choose which order you'd like to go through your locations while picking items in a batch.
- Packaging: This determines whether you want to include orders with memorized package settings, unmemorized package settings, or both in your batches.
- Order value range: This determines the range in item value per order that you want to include in your batches. Note that the order total may not reflect the amount paid by the customer due to other factors, such as sales tax and promotional discounts.
- Order item range: This determines the range in item quantity per order that you want to include in your batches.
- Packing slips: This determines whether or not packing slips will be printed for each order in a batch when the batch has been shipped.
- Include out-of-stock items: This determines whether or not you want to include items that are out of stock. This is useful for build-to-order products or other items that you may not maintain up-to-date inventory counts on.
- Include partially shipped orders: This determines whether or not you want to include orders with a fulfillment status indicating they have been partially shipped.
- Include partially fulfillable orders: This determines whether or not you want to include orders that could be partially shipped, even though not everything is in stock for them to be fulfilled completely.
- Post-shipping audit: This determines whether or not you want to make the shipping audit screen required after each batch shipment. The shipping audit is a good chance to double-check each shipment's postage cost and make sure that they are appropriate for their respective orders.
- USPS ounces toggle: This determines whether or not you want shipments to automatically be toggled to an appropriate USPS shipping method when ounces are included in the package weight. This setting works on the assumption that other carriers do not utilize package ounces, choosing instead to round up to the next pound.
- Address validation: This determines whether or not you want to include orders with invalid addresses.
- Barcodes: This determines whether you want to require that all order listings be configured before allowing them into new batches.
- Bin scans: This determines whether you want to require that the picker scan the order's bin after each item scan.
- Voice picking: This determines whether or not you would like to use voice-directed picking commands while fulfilling a batch. When enabled, an electronic voice will instruct you on your next picking and scanning step, reducing the need to check your device's screen.
- Print batch barcode: This determines whether or not you want to automatically print out a batch barcode label when creating a new batch. This is handy for when you may leave and revisit a batch later, or for when you might be transfering a batch between departments.
- Print shipping labels: This determines whether you want to print shipping labels at the end of the shipping process or immediately after each order's shipment is configured.
- Stores: This determines which sales channels you would like to check for orders to include in new batches.
- Tags: This determines which tags you would like to check for orders to include in new batches.
Columns: You can show or hide any of the columns available for this table. Those column options are listed below.
Search: This allows you to search for batches by their batch number, fulfillment status, and more.
Processing Batches Table
Your processing batches are laid out in a table. You can expand an batch to view more information about it, such as its orders and their contents, by toggling the Expand button.
This table can be sorted by any of its columns, and columns can be shown or hidden by toggling them in the Columns menu. The columns available include:
- Batch #: The automatically generated number that is assigned to the batch.
- User: The user account that created the batch.
- Status: The current fulfillment status of the batch. This indicates if the batch has been opened by another user, if it has been cleared for shipping, or if it has been shipped in full or in part.
- Started: The date and time that the batch was created.
- Last Modified: The date and time that the batch was last edited or progressed on.
- Elapsed: The total time since the batch was created.
- # Orders: The total number of orders included in the batch.
- # Items: The total number of items included in the batch.
- Orders/hr: The average fulfillment speed, measured in orders per hour.
- Items/hr: The average fulfillment speed, measured in items per hour.
- Pick time: The total elapsed time spent on picking items for the batch.
- Ship time: The total elapsed time spent configuring shipments for the batch.
- Pack time: The total elapsed time spent preparing packages for the batch.
- Total: The total value of the items in the order. This may not reflect the amount paid by the customer due to other factors, such as sales tax and promotional discounts.
- Locations: The location or list of locations that an order's items are kept in.