Example process - Single order picking
See an example process in action! Watch our warehouse technician use this process to find orders, register their items and print the corresponding documents. Download this example process below the video.
File for this video: Single-Order-Picking
Now that Dr. Process has taught you how to create processes and add elements to them, you’ll want to spend some thinking about the best way to handle your own order picking process. This example process looks at a very straightforward picking method, which you may know as piece picking or discrete order picking. In the simplest terms, your warehouse technician picks orders one by one as they come in. He scans all of the items included in the order and then plentymarkets automatically prints the corresponding DHL shipping label, invoice and delivery note for the order.
If you want to follow along with the example process that we’ll be using in this video, then just download it from the description below and import the file into your plentymarkets system. But watch out. There are a few common errors that can occur when importing a process. So make sure you’ve watched our video on this topic before you continue. OK, there’s our process! But, as I mentioned just a moment ago, there are always a few settings that can cause trouble. Beyond the typical printer settings and order statuses, you’ll want to take a look at the "Item registration" element. The problem here is that sometimes newly imported processes don’t know where to jump to. And this happens because the IDs in your system are likely different than the IDs in another person’s system. No problem. Just tell plentymarkets that you want to jump down to this filter right here. That’ll be my filter with the ID 1467.
OK, now that the settings are all squared away, what’s this process going to do anyway? Well, basically just four things. One… two… three… four. First off, the process will search for an order in your system. And your warehouse technician will scan the barcodes of every item included in that order. Let’s see it in action. First, my process searches for an order that’s in my system. Once I’ve found the correct order, I can continue on to the next step, where I’ll see an entry field. Here I just enter the IDs or scan the barcodes of every item in the order.
And this brings us to the second thing that our process can do. If my warehouse technician notices that an item is out of stock, then he can click on a button to remove the order from the process. Let’s see how it’s done. Our employee just clicks on this button right here and then indicates that the item is out of stock. The order’s status is changed and it’s removed from the process. And the screen switches back to the item registration window.
But hang on just a second. Where did this "Execute" button come from anyway? Well, this is an option that we’ve built into the "Item registration" procedure. Here in the options, you can choose to display an "Execute" button as well as a "Split order" button. Remember, with the execute button, you just tell plentymarkets where it should jump down to. In our case, we jump down to a filter, which then ultimately leads down to our dialogue.
Our warehouse technician has come up against the next challenge. He needs to ship an electronic item that has a serial number and he wants to make sure that this serial number shows up on the customer’s invoice. This will keep his company on the safe side. If the customer returns the item, then he’ll be able to check the serial number and make sure he’s not getting a fake replica back. OK, so in our process here, first off you see two loops directly after each other. When loops are nested like this, the first one refers to the entire order as a whole and the second one refers to the individual items that are included in that order. So when you look at your orders, this first loop refers to the entire order as a whole and the second loop refers to the individual items within that order. So by the time we get down here to our filter, we’re talking about individual items and we’re filtering so that we only include items where the "Serial number" option was set to "Yes" in the item’s "Global" tab. If our process finds such an item, then our warehouse technician simply scans the serial number like so.
And this brings us to the last part of our process, where all of the necessary documents are printed. Our warehouse technician goes about scanning items. As soon as he’s finished scanning all of the items included in an order, the corresponding DHL shipping label, invoice and delivery note are printed automatically. Now let’s see it in action! Once all of the items have been scanned for an order, the corresponding documents are printed.
We’ve made it! The process has gone through one entire cycle. But now what? What should your employee do from here? Well, now might be the time when you want to automatically book the item as outgoing. Our process has just printed a DHL shipping label, which means that plentymarkets has also automatically generated a package number as well. In plentymarkets, it’s really easy to set up an event procedure, which books items as outgoing as soon as a package number was generated.
In this video, you saw an example process in action! Now that you have a basic idea of what this process does, try it out for yourself! Download the process file and customize it to match your company’s own fulfillment processes.