This article details the steps to take to start using the Batch feature. Batches are an opt-in feature that is available with pro-plans and higher.
Configure batch settings
The first step is to configure batch settings from Batches page > Settings. We recommend setting your Batch Settings to allow picking 3 orders (bins) at a time because it is an ideal number of bins for testing the batch feature and getting yourself familiar with it. Once you are comfortable with it, you can increase the number of bins as needed.
Print bin barcode labels
Next, print bin barcode labels from Printing page > Bins tab and attach them to your picking bins.
Each bin will correspond to an order within the batch, and the number of bins is determined by how many orders (crates) you choose to pick per batch. If you’re fulfilling 4 orders at a time, or 4 bins, you will need 4 barcodes. Bin barcodes are scanned during the fulfillment process to ensure the correct item is placed in the correct bin.
Connect barcode scanner
To begin picking orders, connect your barcode scanner to your picking device (whether it's your desktop, tablet, or smartphone) and open a batch from the batches list to start picking (or simply selecting Start Batch).
You can start batches from two places in SKULabs:
- From Batches page: by clicking Start New Batch at the top-right corner of the page
- From orders page: select orders > click Actions > Start batch
Once you have created a batch, start processing it by following the steps and prompts. Unlike the default order picking interface, the batch order checker will guide you through the picking process to ensure that you pick as efficiently as possible.
The page will highlight one barcode at a time, indicating which barcode is currently in progress to be cleared.
To clear it, scan the barcode once per item until you have scanned enough of that item to clear it, then scan the bin for the order it is associated with and place the item in your bin.
Tip: The batch picking guide will bounce you between orders, so be sure to watch which bin you place items in.
Continue this process until the end of the batch.