Create Bins in a logical structure

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Presenter: Sune Lohse, Chief Strategy Officer

How should bins be logically structured in the warehouse?

When you create your bin numbers and create bins as well in the ERP system and mark them in real life, make sure you create them in a logical order because the warehouse people need to be able to find the bin number only by its number.

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So this is an example of warehouse. We have a lot of racks called 10, 11, 12, etc, and we have some shipping bins and receive bins.

So if we look at the rack 32, if it’s been placed directly on the floor for pallets or stuff like that, you could just call the bins 32.01, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.

So if it’s only floor bins, this would be a good way of making a bin code, but maybe it’s actually a rack with different shelves in it. Let’s look at that.

So if this is actually rack 32, you might consider dividing it into the different frames. So in this scenario, we have six frames and on, for instance, frame number 3, we have four different shelves: the floor and three more and we should number them as well with 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 so this is another dimension. You should consider making or adding this dimension.

If you are dividing your shelf into several sub shelves, even though you don’t have actual bars between them, but just because it’s a wide shelf, you should make more detailed numbers like this example rack number 32, frame number 3, shelf number 2, place number 1, 2, and 3, so, this is another subdivision of your bin code.

And again, if you have a drawer in your shelf, you could also consider adding more numbers.

It should be able to solve alphanumerically, and you should have this logical structure in your bin so it’s easy for everybody to find the bin that they’re looking on the warehouse.