Batches are one method of bulk processing orders in SKULabs which makes use of a dedicated interface to automate grouping, improve picking efficiency, and eliminate costly manual coordination between teams at your company.
Alternatives to the dedicated batch picking interface
Many operations may not need the Batch system to batch fulfill their orders. Batch picking is an opt-in feature available with "Pro" plans and higher. Please see our article regarding these alternative solutions to the dedicated batch interface.
Configure batch settings
The first step to enabling the batch feature is to reach out to the team and design a batch picking workflow that will work best for your oprations. You can also use our default recommendations by having the feature enabled and jumping right in to configure your 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 three places in SKULabs:
- From the Batch page, click Start New Batch at the top-right corner of the page
- From the orders list, select a series of orders > click Actions > Start batch
- From the order list, Click Actions... "Scan packing slips" to scan a series of packing slips to create a new 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 interface will guide you through the picking process without leaving any of the decision making process to the picker themselves reducing cognitive load throughout the day thereby improving order accuracy and picking efficiency.
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.