Racks

Updated 1 week ago by Kevin

Summary

ShipStream will allow you to define the Racks used in the warehouse. By default all Locations will be assigned to the "Default" Rack. However, defining your own Racks will allow you to:

  • Setup picking paths to help your pickers travel from one location to the next more efficiently.
  • Assign racks to Zones so that your picking batches may be more optimized and cover a smaller footprint of the warehouse.

From largest to smallest there are Zones > Racks > Locations.

Defining a Rack

  • A Rack is specific to a warehouse
  • A Rack is where Locations live

You may assign any number of locations to a rack, but it is generally best to define one Rack in ShipStream for every physical rack in the warehouse.

A physical rack defined as one structure with a length and width. A rack is viewed without a height limit. Shelves on a rack are left up to the user to define through Location Labels. See Locations for more info.

The naming pattern you use for your warehouse Racks and Locations is completely up to you, but in order to take advantage of automatic location assignment using Location Patterns it is best if all locations on the same rack share a common prefix or suffix. Typically the Rack's name would appear as part of a Location name.

For example, Rack "A" might contain Location "A-1", "A-2", etc.

Rack Configurations

Name

The Name of the Rack. This name is often the first part of a Location's Label.

Location Pattern

This is the pattern that will be used to auto assign matching Locations to this Rack.

The patterns are formed using a simple pattern matching.

  • Use _ (underscore) to match one character
  • Use % (percent) to match any number of characters

E.g.:

  • A-% will match A-12 but not AA-12
  • A-_ will match A-1 and A-A but not A-11 and A-A1
Leave blank to disable automatic location assignment for this rack.

Picking Zone

The Zone that this Rack will be associated/located in. This value can be an integer from 1 to 63.

Picking Order

Picking order determines the picking path that a user would take if they had to pick an item from every pickable Location. This value can be an integer from 0 to 65535.

If you didn't care about Rack Picking Order then you could setup Zone Picking order, however Zone Picking Order is less precise.

Designing your Picking Path

By far one of the most important parts of using Racks is to establish a Picking Path for your warehouse. A picking path is defined as the path a Picker will take if they have to pick a product from every pickable Rack. This is the worst case scenario. For these examples the naming pattern will be:

  • Ann for the Aisle number
  • A dash separator
  • W for West side racks or an E for East side
  • Two digit number

Say you have two pickable aisles that are 6 racks long.

Rack

Aisle 1

Rack

Rack

Aisle 2

Rack

A01-W01

A01-E01

A02-W01

A02-E01

A01-W02

A01-E02

A02-W02

A02-E02

A01-W03

A01-E03

A02-W03

A02-E03

A01-W04

A01-E04

A02-W04

A02-E04

A01-W05

A01-E05

A02-W05

A02-E05

A01-W06

A01-E06

A02-W06

A02-E06

Once all the Racks are labeled on your warehouse diagram you will then want to draw your Picking Path from Rack to Rack. This path will show the path you would want a Single picker to take if they had to pick a Product from every Rack. For simplicity this diagram's Rack Labels are not padded.

With your Picking Path planned out it is now time to translate that info into a spreadsheet. Using the same Column names that the grid uses:

  • The Warehouse ID
  • The Rack Name
  • The Location Patterns that will be auto associate to this Rack
  • The Pick Zone
  • The Picking Order

You will want to take the first Rack in your picking path and put it in the spreadsheet. Continue down your path until all your Racks have been added to the spreadsheet. As you enter your Racks you will want to be aware of which Zone it is located in so that you can add the rack to the correct Zone.

If this is your first time importing Racks you will want to also design the Zones on your warehouse diagram. Learn more about Zones in the Zone Article.

When importing this spreadsheet into ShipStream you will want to pad your Picking Order numbers to allow for new racks to be inserted in between if the need occurs.

Stock

Name

Location Pattern

Picking Zone

Picking Order

1

A1-W1

A1-W1-%

1

1

1

A1-E1

A1-E1-%

1

2

1

A1-W2

A1-W2-%

1

3

1

A1-E2

A1-E2-%

1

4

1

A1-W3

A1-W3-%

1

5

1

A1-E3

A1-E3-%

1

6

1

A1-W4

A1-W4-%

2

7

1

A1-E4

A1-E4-%

2

8

1

A1-W5

A1-W5-%

2

9

1

A1-E5

A1-E5-%

2

10

1

A1-W6

A1-W6-%

2

11

1

A1-E6

A1-E6-%

2

12

1

A2-W1

A2-W1-%

1

13

1

A2-E1

A2-E1-%

1

14

1

A2-W2

A2-W2-%

1

15

1

A2-E2

A2-E2-%

1

16

1

A2-W3

A2-W3-%

1

17

1

A2-E3

A2-E3-%

1

18

1

A2-W4

A2-W4-%

2

19

1

A2-E4

A2-E4-%

2

20

1

A2-W5

A2-W5-%

2

21

1

A2-E5

A2-E5-%

2

22

1

A2-W6

A2-W6-%

2

23

1

A2-E6

A2-E6-%

2

24

Example Rack Import File

Example Rack Import.xlsx


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