In this article we discuss how to configure WMS to use logistic carriers such as pallets or boxes to take advantage of WMS in using and keeping track of logistic carriers. This article is divided into two parts. First, the configuration needed for WMS to work with logistic carriers, and second, a step-by-step of picking an order using the Mobile Client using logistic carriers.
a. Create item master data
Setup your Logistic Carrier items
Here we define in Item Master data our logistic carriers. In this case, we will create a Small Box and a Large Box.
It is critical that the check is set for “Is Logistic Carrier” so that WMS is able to recognize those items as logistic carriers.
b. Create logistic carrier location & setup on warehouse
For WMS to work with logistics carriers, we must first create a bin location for storing those logistics carriers in the Warehouse. And then, configure the Warehouse to know what bin location to use as storage for Logistic Carriers.
Important, the Bin location needs to be set to Pick location if we want to use these carriers during the picking process.
c. Set general setting for 1 location for logistic carriers
The last configuration needed to do is in the OSE at the company level, and it is to activate the “Store Logistic Carriers on 1 storage location by Warehouse”.
d. Make sure to have stock available for the carrier items on this bin
This is not part of the configuration, but obviously, we need to ensure we do have enough stock of logistic carriers to use.
2 Picking using the Mobile Client
In this example, we are picking 6 items: 2x monitors that we will put in a Large Box, and 2x mouses plus 2x keyboards that we will put on a Small Box.
We have our sales order
From our sales order we generate a picking list
Our picking list is ready; we can leave SAP B1 and move to the Mobile Client, and start the picking of our picklist.
We start by picking the monitors, that will go to a Large Box.
The first thing WMS will do is to ask if we want to use Logistic Carriers.
And we select the Large Box and continue in picking the monitors.
We now want to pick the other items.
But we want to use a new box (logistic carrier)
To do that, we must start to pick another item, as we need to access the “Other tasks” menu. In this case, we choose the keyboards.
We go to “Other tasks” as we need to tell WMS we want a new logistic carrier.
In WMS we force the use of a new logistic carrier by indicating the previous Logistic Unit is full and later on creating a new one. For now, we close the current one.
WMS will print the needed labels and return to the picking screen.
We must now pick the actual item we intend to pick (the keyboards), and WMS will display the already exiting logistic units. Instead of selecting our old logistic unit, we now create a new one.
As we are creating a new logistic unit, WMS will ask us if we want to use a Logistics Carrier. For the keyboards, we want to use a small box.
And then we continue to pick our keyboards.
Last is to pick the mouses. Since we want to continue to use the same Small Box for the mouses, we can proceed directly to picking them and WMS will assume it is the same logistic unit and Logistic Carrier.
This will finish the picking and will also print the configured labels, create delivery notes and other documents, depending on the configuration (those screens are not shown here).
We can now see the result in SAP B1. In our sales order we open the relationship map
And view the Delivery note
Note the presence of the boxes.
We can also open the Packing Slip
We now have WMS configured to use Logistic Carriers during picking.