ssgumby - 1:03 pm on Sep 23, 2010 (gmt 0)
WOW! This is impressive!
I was the one who started your referenced post, i've come quite a ways since then too.
When I posted that, we were running out of a small basement. We moved from there into a 5k square foot warehouse fall of 08.
I created and implemented my own warehouse management system. First was done in java, and a year ago was redone in C# .NET
1. Orders printed in batches of 40.
2. Picker walks warehouse and picks products for order (products are large and bulky so we can only do 1 order at a time).
3. Picker returns products to packing station and heads out for next order.
4. Packer scans upc on invoice.
5. Ordered items display on LCD.
6. Packer scans each picked item as he boxes them.
7. If scanned item matches something on the screen, the line item turns green (option for sound turned on with Homer saying Woo Hoo) so they dont need to physically watch the screen.
8. If scanned item does not match something on screen the rogue item is displayed in red on the bottom. (option for sound turned on with Homer saying DOH)
9. Once all items are scanned and analysis of go or no go is made. If the order was picked properly, a button for Complete Order is displayed. Scanning a bar code on packing table clicks button and at that time Capture the funds via payment gateway.
10. Packer now scans invoice on World Ship, prints label.
11. World Ships writes tracking info out to a table in a local db.
12. Once every 15 minutes, a process runs to read that tracking table and writes the tracking info out to customers account and sends updated notification.
This simple yet effective process has truly made us the leader in our industry for efficiency and accuracy.
The funny thing was our packers didnt trust the system. They would call me in and say "the system doesnt work, it says I didnt pull the right thing but I know I did". I politely point out they pulled the 5 lb light blue but the customer ordered the 6lb lighter blue lol.
All in all our system works great. I would LOVE to implement the camera aspect though. We occasionally get a customer complain that we sent them the wrong thing, we know we didnt but its hard to prove.
Lastly, we started in a basement, moved into a 5k warehouse, and we just negotiated a deal for a newer warehouse totaling 15k square feet!