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E-WMS process properties compared - guided and non-guided




E-WMS supports a variety of logistical processes, this document gives an overview of properties supported or not supported for each process, and zooms in on 'guided' and 'non-guided' processes.



Guided and non-guided

A major difference between E-WMS processes is 'guided' and 'non-guided'.

Guided processes are the processes where transactions are sent to the scanners, prior to the 'picking' stage. A typical sample is sales order fulfillment.

Non-guided processes are the processes where the transaction starts on the hand terminal, nothing is sent to the scanner 'to be picked'. A typical example would be transfers.

Some processes support both guided and non-guided flows, depending on E-WMS settings in Globe, or just by usage: Purchase Receipts (non-guided also called 'Free Receipts'), Counts and Production Issues. E-WMS Replenishment can also be regarded as 'guided transfers', as opposite to (free) Transfers.

Using guided issuing processes (Sales order fulfillment, Replenishment and Production Issues) has following properties and benefits:

  • when combined with 'picking advice': able to pre-select specific stock, for example by batch expiration date
  • when combined with 'picking advice': able to apply a specific location policy (less stops, or clean out locations to make room for new stock)
  • when combined with 'picking advice': stock check before sending picking
  • able to create a logical picking route, based on location code for example
  • typical usage for Guided Production Issues: gathering all materials before starting the production order

Free issues (production materials) or free receipts (free purchase receipts and production receipts) has following benefits or properties:

  • Scan as you receive or use a material for a production order (ad-hoc, not planned)
  • decision to receive or issue stock is done in the warehouse, not in the back office
  • a free issue or receipt can immediately be processed (when ending the scan line), while a guided issue or receipt has to be completed in full before it can be processed.


Overview of process properties

E-WMS processes and properties
  abbreviations: see legend below SOF SOF REC REC TRF INV INV RPL STT EMS PUR PRD ISS ISS
NG G   NG G           NG G
1 has RF service - -
2 is guided process (send picking) - - - - - - - -
3 is non-guided process - - - - - -
4 supports GS1-128 (EAN-128) - -
5 can use route optimizing/advice - - - - - - - - - -
6 Supported in non-ASP (*1) - -
7 Supports focus to next field (ASP) *2 *2 *2 - - *2
8 Supports 'pivot point' - - - - - - - - -
9 Supports 'Filter order lines' - - - - - - - -
10 Supports 'Autoreceive' - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Supports item 'Picking classification' - - - - - - - - -
12 Available in WMS Lite - - - - - - - - -
13 Supports crossdocking receipts - - - - - - - - - - - -


    yes, supported
   - not supported or not applicable
  SOF Sales Order Fulfillment STT Stock Transactions
  REC Receipts EMS E-Mobile Sales (Sales Transactions or Sales Entry)
  TRF Transfers PUR Purchase Entry (Purchase Transactions)
  INV Inventory (Counts) PRD Production Receipts
  RPL Replenishment ISS Production Issues
  G Guided
  NG Non guided
*1 Non-ASP, old 'CAB' client on the hand-terminal, using RF, file communication or Activesync communication
*2 Focus to next field will not work optimally because 'location' has to be scanned AFTER scanning the item code and before scanning serial/batch number and quantity. To really apply 'one-line-scan', the location has to be prefilled with a fixed value.

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