Several enhancements have been made to enhance the productivity of warehouse workers by adding flexibility end effectiveness to operations after work has been created. Additions to the packing station functionality include the ability to:
- Create work after packing: This is important when there are additional processes after manual packing work (such as palletizing, quality inspection, consolidation of shipments, or changes to loading docks). These steps can now be modelled with separate work steps in the warehouse management solution for Dynamics 365 for Operations.
- Group containers: This allows multiple packages to be grouped into one container or license plate. For example, an eCommerce operator can group 100 individual packets into one container that can be further processed (moved, staged, loaded) by just scanning one barcode (license plate) for the grouped container.
- Create a release policy for packed containers: The creation of work that’s triggered by container release can be automated or manual. When it’s automatic, work is generated at container closure using the location directive and work template framework. A manual release empowers the packer to decide when the work should be generated – for a single container or for a group of containers. This feature reduces the risk of picking and moving closed containers that aren’t yet ready to be moved from the packing station. It allows for non-system steered grouped release.