Wave planning and simultaneous use of waveless technologies can have an immense impact on your efficiency, productivity, profitability, and customer service levels. The omnichannel environment puts pressure on your distribution, supply, and fulfilment processes, so a quick and flexible process is a must.
Using order streaming, you can flexibly switch between wave planning and waveless fulfilment where they’re required, with excellent results.
We look at the functions of wave planning, waveless fulfilment, and order streaming, along with the requirements, processes, and benefits of order streaming on your fulfilment strategy, starting with this video from Manhattan Associates:
Your wave planning tool should allow you to manage the process of order identification and selection, inventory assessment and allocation, labour scheduling, picking task allocation and monitoring of your fulfilment process, as outlined in the graphic above.
Planning ahead is critical, especially in high-turnover warehouses, and wave-planning gives you the tools to manage these influxes of demand efficiently and productively.
In the event that a pre-planned wave does not cover the requirement for fulfilment, your warehouse can switch to waveless fulfilment to cover your bases:
To nail waveless fulfilment, you need to approach your systems automation from a holistic angle. Waveless fulfilment gives you the flexibility to pull orders from a constantly updating, dynamic pool of available orders and opportunities.
While your wave-planning may account for planned periods of productivity, your waveless planning allows you to fill the gaps with opportunistic picking to ensure that your labour is optimised, MHE is used efficiently, and that order turnover is working at optimum at all times.
Using cutting-edge optimisation engines and prediction models, the order streaming function learns the patterns, flows, and changes within your warehouse to evaluate and adjust to your warehouse asset availability.
Using a WMS that gives you flexibility to switch between wave and waveless functionality on demand gives you a firmer hold of your omnichannel fulfilment requirements.
With the rise of omnichannel shopping, the need for agile, time-sensitive fulfilment will grow. A WMS with Order Streaming capabilities will ensure you are well-heeled to handle the demand from multiple areas, in varying demand cycles and quantities.
See how an efficient and well-implemented WMS with its extensive and comprehensive wave planning function helped Cambridge Foods to increase their warehouse productivity by 250%