SKULabs supports location naming within your warehouse to assist with tasks like order picking, stock counting, and receiving/put-away. You can use any alphanumeric naming scheme for your locations, but we have some recommendations to optimize location naming within your warehouse:

Alphabetized location names

In most cases, SKULabs will sort multiple location names alphabetically. Documents like pick lists, which feature multiple items that need to be picked at once, will sort items by the naming scheme of their locations. You can use this to your advantage by organizing your location names in an alphanumeric fashion, ensuring that your team moves in an efficient path from locations A to Z.

As an example, the location closest to the start of your picking area could be named something like "A-01", followed by "A-02", "A-03", "B-01", etc. As long as sufficient inventory for each order exists in those locations, a printed pick list will follow that alphabetic sorting so that all of the items in a pick list can be pulled in one smooth path through your picking area.

If you wish to track separate picking and storage areas for the same item, you can still use alphanumeric location naming to your advantage. You might create separate warehouses for picking and shipping (as location aliases are one per warehouse), then use prefixes that indicate each location as a picking vs. a storage location. i.e. "PICK-A-01" is the first picking location, while "STOR-A-01" is the first storage location.

Naming for different layouts

Not all warehouses are laid out in the same way. Location naming schemes should be customized based on the expected path that your team moves through your warehouse in order to pull inventory.

Many warehouses feature racked aisles positioned against the wall opposite the bay doors. This provides picking aisles that are one way in, and the same way out. Naming the locations so that they move in the same path that your team members would be is ideal, as illustrated below:

Similarly, a picking area that rotates all the way around a rack or shelving unit should have its locations named accordingly:

Give some thought to your own layout and walking paths to see how your naming scheme should be designed. Note that location names can be edited per item at any time, so what you initially decide on isn't permanent — don't be afraid to experiment!

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