How WMS and Web Dispatch handles kitting functions

What is kitting? A kit is a set of parts or materials to be assembled and sold as a single product. It consists of a finished good that contains sub-components. Many companies use kits to add value to the products they sell. It may be a computer company putting a keyboard, mouse, and speakers together with the computer to sell as a single unit, or it may be a cereal company that puts a toy in with the cereal.

The problem that can arise when a company uses kits is the opportunity for human error. First, someone needs to calculate how many of a product goes into a kit and how many kits are being made. Then, a worker needs to go get the parts. Depending on the size of the kit and the number of kits produced, this can become a headache and time-wasting event. When making a kit, one must deduct the ‘sub-components’ of the kit from inventory so they can be used to make the kit. Then the newly kitted item needs to be added into inventory and put into pickable bins. With all the interaction between the warehouse and the accounting department, mistakes are a constant worry.

WMS helps streamline the whole process. It automatically calculates the number of products needed and where they are located, to minimize both headaches and time wasted. WMS directs the picker to the chosen work area for building kits. It automatically deducts the ‘sub-components’ out of inventory and feeds the adjustment up to the ERP system. Once a kit is completed, the WMS software automatically adds the new product and puts it into a designated bin location, from which the product can be easily transferred into bins available for order fulfillment. Every step of the process helps to minimize the chance of human error and to maximize productivity.

If you have any question pertaining to the subject of this article or about WMS in general, please call or e-mail us. As your business partner and trusted advisor, are here to help.

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