General Knowledge

Creating Locations & Bins

Lesson 1 Chapter 1 Module 1


A location is a physical place in the warehouse where something is stored.

They are typically used for bulk storage or for housing lots of bins.

  • Anything with two or more dashes is seen by the system as a location. Example : A-1-A or even something more complicated like L1-01-2B-C06

Location Formatting Instructions

Locations are more flexible than bins when it comes to naming rules / conventions. You can essentially put whatever you want as long as you follow the rules below.

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    ​The only characters you can use are letters ( A - F ) and numbers. No special characters can be used here or you will get an error.
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    Your location​ must include two dashes ( - ) somewhere in the name.

Examples : -dock1- , --RECEIVING1, A-1-A , ​far-​wall-east , AZA-100-1A


A bin is a digital record holder for a single SKU.

The physical bin can hold any amount of units / products as longs as they fit there physically and all belong to just one SKU.

Bins are commonly used to house smaller items for ecommerce fulfillment.

  • Anything with ​one dashes is seen by the system as a ​bin. Example : A1-100 or even something more complicated like ​JP25-002A

​Bin Formatting Instructions

Below is a basic color coded example of the structure of a bin and what to put in each section.


A - A is the area in your warehouse

All letters A - Z are usable here. Great option if you need to split your warehouse into different sections. 

Example : section A is all general pallet / bulk storage, section B is for fulfillment / small product storage, section S is a gated high security area only for certain customers, and C is for cold storage.

​Z - Z stands for zone which is a way to specify a special area of the warehouse (optional)

​Only letters​; T, P, F, and S, are usable here. ​These can be assigned to special charges or exempt from charges in the system depending on how you configure your prices account.

​T = Tops of Shelves

P = Pallet​

F = Floor

S = Special


The first two number symbols are a placeholder for up to a two digit number.

However you can just use one if you want to.

Example : 1-9 (one digit) or 10-99 (two digits)


Don't forget the dash as Shipedge will not recognize this as bin or let you continue without one.


These are a placeholder for a three digit number, and you must use all three numbers.

Example : 001 - 999

L# - L signifies level something is on (optional)

All letters A - Z are usable here. This is useful as most pallet racking is multiple levels tall.

Example : A would be level 1 for that location. A would be the level closes to the floor, B the next level above that, C would be the next level above B, etc.

Creating Locations & Bins

Go to the locations screen

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    ​​Click the "inventory" tab on the main menu bar.
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    ​In the submenu in the main inventory screen click "Locations"

Pick a method to create locations and bins

Below are two options for creating locations and bins in the system.

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    ​Upload Locations - This is a way to upload multiple locations via CSV
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    ​+ Add Location - This is a way to add a single location (easier​)

Using + Add Location

Below are field you need to fill out.

  • ​Location - Use the naming convention to create a location name
  • ​Bin Init - Use the bin naming conventions to create an initial bin
  • ​Default Volume - Set default volume of bins, if not important use placeholder of 1
  • ​Sort # - Leave this blank for now.

​When you are finished select "Save Location" to submit it to the system.

​Upload by .CSV

​This is a more advanced way to create locations and bins in batch.

You are welcome to learn more about this via our documentation.

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