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QC Software Executive Shows How Wave Planning Boosts Warehouse Efficiency
A wave planner is a configurable software tool that streamlines the picking process, improves throughput, and optimizes resources related to order fulfillment.
“Planning and decision-making used to be a complicated process, but now take minutes with this application. Wave planning is an enterprise-level tool that is part of the warehouse control system, providing a highly integrated approach to order fulfillment,”
The wave planner uses advanced functionality to analyze order content, picking options, delivery routes and many other factors to streamline the picking process. This tool determines the most efficient picking technique for multiple and single item orders based on user-defined criteria. It then schedules and releases orders for optimal throughput.
Prior to planning, this application performs a soft allocation to ensure sufficient inventory is available, and can hold orders to eliminate partial shipments. Once orders are released, the system continuously monitors them and provides alerts based on the customer’s preferences and events. This allows the floor manager to receive estimated completion times and status updates in real time.
The application is configurable to accommodate last-minute changes. Rush orders can be expedited without disrupting scheduled orders. As business needs change, parameters can be quickly adjusted to fine tune the operation.
Wave planning ensures that orders are filled in the right sequence for a balanced work load. In addition, wave planning accommodates special requirements including lot quarantines. These features help maximize throughput and labor for greater efficiency and productivity, thereby increasing on-time delivery rates.
It’s all in the plan. Regardless of the picking and conveying systems used, business rules and changing priorities, each distributor has the ability to customize the wave planner for a more efficient order fulfillment process.
For over seventeen years, QC Software has delivered the results that help companies succeed. Their leading-edge software solutions provide the flexibility, visibility and control across warehouse operations that customers need to optimize resources and profitability. Through industry collaboration, customized training, and 24/7 support, QC Software ensures that each customer is fully leveraging their technology. In addition, QC Software helps customers develop a strategic focus to better manage new opportunities and future demands.
Page Updated Last on: Feb 05, 2013