Some businesses find themselves shipping from a very large inventory, where they may have 10,000 unique SKUs and their average number of items per order is very low. This makes a typical workflow, picking orders in batches and finding specific items within the batch feel very inefficient. I'll give an example. Let's say you pick items from a consolidated pick list for a batch of 25 orders. Since there are few items per order this may only be 30 items or so. We'll also assume these items are boxed in such a way that the differences between items are not obvious to the packer. When the packer is ready to begin packing they scan one of the packing slips from the batch they just picked. GroovePacker shows the order and suggests the item to be scanned. Here's where the problem shows up. The hunt begins for this specific item. There are 30 items to look through and they all look similar.  



BTW, If the option mentioned below cannot be employed there are ways to improve this scenario. For example, the warehouse may be composed of 6 long rows. The items being picked can be placed on a cart with 6 shelves that correspond to the warehouse rows. Since GroovePacker can display the bin location during scanning the packer knows which shelf on the cart will contain the item they're looking for. A similar strategy could be employed dividing the cart by size, brand etc. These options are all depended on a somewhat even distribution of order items. For example, if almost all items are found on the first shelf and are size large, in the same brand it will not work well. Then again if order items tend to be similar from order to order a standard batch pick list flow is better suited.


There is another workflow option that is particularly well suited to large inventories, orders with few items and few SKUs in common from order to order. In this "Scan Product First" workflow, the packer selects any of the items they have picked from the batch of orders they are working on and scans it into the Order search field with the Order Item search option enabled. This shows the packer all open orders containing that item.



From this list of open orders, the packer can begin packing any order by ctrl-clicking its order number in the list. All items in the order can then be verified. After the last item in the order is scanned the next step is to create the shipping label for this order in the order manager. ShippingEasy works particularly well in this regard because it allows us to open the order directly, so the label can be created when scanning is complete. Once the label is created in ShippingEasy GroovePacker can return to the Orders list where the process can continue by scanning another item. To enable the return to the orders list the "Return to Orders List After Scanning" option will need to be turned on in System Settings > General preferences section.