SmartScan's 'Pack from Shelves' functionality combines Pick and Pack into a single operation so that you can simultaneously pick an order's allocated inventory and pack it directly into a package for shipping. Once an order is marked as complete, the system automatically populates a pick/pack job for that order under Pack from Shelves and prioritizes jobs based on an order’s creation date and transaction number.
This article reviews how to pack from shelves using SmartScan.
Barcode definitions and GS1 barcodes are supported in this workflow. If you are using a supported Zebra device for the pick/pack process, you can successfully scan a defined barcode. Consumer devices are also supported but require you to manually select a package type and tap items to pack, rather than scan a SKU or UPC code.
To successfully pack from shelves, an order cannot have an associated Pick Done Date, and a user must have the following permissions assigned to their user role: Mobile Scanner > Mobile Picking and Mobile Pack.
- Log in to SmartScan.
- Ensure the appropriate 'Warehouse' is selected from the drop-down list, then tap the Pack module. Note that the number displayed reflects the amount of orders available to pack using the standard packing method.
- Tap Pack from Shelves, then specify the order you wish to pack using one of two methods:
- Scan the associated transaction number or tracking number.
- Select an order manually.
- To begin the order shown, tap Start Pack.
- To skip to the next prioritized order, tap Skip Pack. Once all orders are skipped, there is an option to 'Reset Pack' to return to the first order listed.
- Specify the first package by scanning the package barcode or selecting a package type from the 'Add a Package' drop-down menu. Once specified, the package type displays in gray under Items to Pack.
To remove a specified package type, select it from the grid, then tap Delete.
- Pick the first item by scanning the SKU barcode or selecting it from the grid.
If a specific location is associated with the item, SmartScan directs you to proceed to that location. (If you are already in the specified location, tap the gray area around the pop-up to dismiss the message and proceed with the next step.)
- Once you specify a SKU, the Pick/UPC dialog box opens. Scan or enter the Location or MU Label for the item, then enter or modify each value as needed.
For optimum efficiency, scan or enter an item's MU label to auto-populate each field.
If 'Reallocate at Pick Time' is enabled, you can pack items with track-by's that are different from what was originally specified on the order. This feature must be enabled in the relevant customer's setup options, and the picker must have the following permission assigned to their user role: Orders Module > Order Allocation.
- Enter the SKU 'Quantity', then tap Done and pack the item into the specified package type. A confirmation message appears, and the line item shows a green check to indicate the inventory has been picked and packed.
- Repeat Steps 5–7 until all items are packed into the specified package type. If there are additional packages on the order, repeat Steps 4–7 until all items are packed.
- If you have multiple pages of line items to pick, tap one of the bottom arrows to navigate to the next or previous page of line items.
- If you have multiple line items with the same SKU and use the scanning functionality to specify the item, SmartScan marks the first SKU listed as packed and continue in the displayed order. If you need to pack out of order, you must tap the relevant line item from the grid rather than scan it.
- To unpack an item, select it from the grid, then tap Unpack. The green check then changes to orange to signify that the item is picked but not packed. To re-pack the item, select the correct package type, then tap the line item.
If you unpack the only item in a package, SmartScan automatically removes the package type from the order.
- Once you have packed all items on the order, tap Finish Pack.
If you were unable to pick all items on the order and you have the 'Force Pick Complete' permission applied to your user role, the application allows you to pack the partial inventory and prompt you to specify a reason. Once selected, tap Complete to receive a confirmation message.
- If the 'Manage Charges' permission (under the Orders Module permission set) is assigned to your user role, the Charges page opens for you to add and accept any predefined manual billing charges.
- To specify a charge amount, tap on a line item, enter a value for the '# of Units', then tap Save.
- Tap Accept to finalize the pack and apply the accepted charges to the order.
Once you finalize the pack, SmartScan redirects you to the first Pack from Shelves page that displays each order ready to be packed, and the Pick Done Date and Pack Done Date columns populate with the appropriate data in the Find Orders grid.
If you need to unpick or unpack an order's contents, it must be done before you finalize the pack. Once an order is assigned a Pick Done Date or Pack Done Date, you can no longer access the transaction in SmartScan.
Also note that it is not currently possible to unpick an item during this process—if you need to unpick an item, you can do so in the Pick module prior to completing the pack from shelves.