This document describes the purpose of WMS Location Types.
WMS Location Types were introduced in product update 402, for better
support of SKU Management in combination with WMS Replenishment and Directed Put
Away (DPA). Location types are designed to maintain location preferences for
Replenishment and DPA for a whole range of locations at once. Location types are
most efficient when replenishing based on order requirements and not having
fixed pick locations per item, and when using stock on bulk locations to
replenish sales units stock on picking locations.
The benefits of using location types are:
A location type has following general property types:
Location types could be defined, based on following arguments:
Once location types are defined, they have to be linked to Globe warehouse
locations and can also be linked to items to configure replenishment
requirements per item per location type. Maintenance of Globe warehouse locations can be done the regular way (menu
Inventory, Warehouse management, Warehouses). Maintenance of item requirements for replenishment can be done in
new menu WMS,
Setup, Location types, Items per location type.
These menu's are available from product update 402, when you license contains WMS Replenishment or
WMS SKU Management.
Linking a location type to a warehouse location is not mandatory, location types
are only used to link preferences to a range of locations, not to exclude other
At the moment, there are still some technical restrictions in using location
types for WMS Replenishment. Not all properties of a location type are applied
yet in product update 402 and higher, and location types can only efficiently be used
when replenishing based on order requirements (and not on minimum/maximum levels
The functional maintenance of locations types is
described in document
WMS Location Types: maintenance.
Once location types are created, you will have to link
warehouse locations and
items to location types.
The rules that can be configured when using location types, are not all
implemented yet. Please see document
Directed Put Away (DPA) section
supported scenario's for more details.
For WMS Replenishment, WMS Item Locations (in menu WMS, Setup, Item locations)
were already used to configure stock levels per location per item.
Using location types for WMS Replenishment will work only optimal, when you are using
replenishment based on order requirements. When using Replenishment based
on fixed minimum and maximum levels (per location), then WMS Item
Locations (not: location types) will work
more efficient. This is because in item locations, the maximum level is
set for each location and item separately, allowing more than one specific
location for the same item. In location types, the maximum level configured
will be applied to to the first free location linked to the location type and
not to a specific location. For
example, when the maximum is set to 100, and the order requirement is 250, than
3 locations will be used to replenish this item, because 100 is the maximum that
will fit on any location linked to this location type and item.
It is still possible to maintain item replenishment requirements in WMS,
Setup, Item locations but without the extra preferences available in 'items
per location type'. Also, it is possible to maintain item requirements first on location type
level, and next on location level, to set more specific minimum and
maximum stock levels per location.
Minimum/maximum stock levels defined per item per location, overrule
minimum/maximum requirements configured per item per location type.
For locations used in WMS item locations and linked to location types, the
properties of the location types are also applied (but not all properties are
applied yet in
Transfers, Replenishment and DPA).