Warehouse Receiving Orders (WROs) and efficiently managing warehouse receiving is a pivotal element of your supply chain operations. In this article, we'll provide you with a comprehensive set of best practices that can streamline the processing of your WRO. Implementing these practices can enhance overall accuracy and efficiency, consequently leading to a reduction in the costs associated with your warehouse receiving orders.
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When sending additional inventory to our fulfillment warehouse through a WRO, it is essential that the generated receiving slip is attached to the shipment. The receiving slip should be attached on the lead box or pallet and can be download during Step 9 of the WRO creation process (Create a WRO (Warehouse Receiving Order)). Missing receiving slips can cause unexpected delays and incur fees, see more information here.
Product Configuration & Identification
To speed up the receiving process, it is recommended to pack a single SKU in each box or pallet. Boxes or pallets containing multiple SKUs can increase the time required to receive these products. Clear identification of products on the outside packaging with visible barcodes are also best practices to adopt. See below for more information regarding box barcodes.
Merchants that work with suppliers that use standard shipping methods for their products with each shipped box containing the same quantity of a single SKU should utilize the box scan feature. This feature allows the merchant to input the barcode found on the outside of a box and indicate the quantity found in each box for faster processing. The box barcode will be scanned and the quantity indicated will be entered into inventory rather than scanning each individual product found in the box.
(EX: The manufacturer only ships a box of 12 quantities for a particular SKU)
Important note: The barcode found on the outside of the box must be different that the product's barcode.
Adding or modifying a box barcode can be done by visiting the details of a product and scrolling down to the section titled Item Boxes. In this section, you can enter the name of the box, barcode and the quantity of the product found in the box.
Pallet Dimensions & Weight
When sending pallets to the fulfillment warehouse, it is important to ensure they do not exceed the dimensions 48" x 40" x 54" and do not weigh more than 2000 lbs. Pallets that exceed these measurements will need to be reconstructed to fit the requirements and can cause an increase in receiving time and cost.
Accurate Products & Quantities
During the WRO creation process, please ensure that the products and quantities selected are as accurate as possible. After submitting the receiving order, these products and quantities can be edited in the details of the receiving order and should be accurate prior to the arrival of the shipment to ensure faster processing times.
Accurate Delivery Date
During the WRO creation process, please ensure that the accurate delivery date of the shipment is selected. After submitting the receiving order, the delivery date can be edited in the details of the receiving order and should be accurate to prevent any delays and can be accepted by the fulfillment warehouse.
Important note: Receiving orders (WRO) should be created a minimum of 48 hours prior to the delivery date. Receiving orders created without the minimum required lead time may incur delays, fees and can be refused by the fulfillment warehouse.