What Are Barcoded Trays and When to Use Them
Shipedge offers a variety of error-free ways to pick and pack. We effectively eliminate all errors with a verification step. When a picker grabs an item, they need to scan a barcoded picking list to verify.
Some warehouses want to reduce paper usage, so they choose to use barcoded trays. These are re-usable trays that pickers scan into the system. When they do this, the tray number and shipping number become synonymous until the order is marked as shipped. So, pickers can now verify by scanning the tray instead of the picking sheet. This means you don’t have to print a sheet for every order.
Creating Barcoded Trays
Step One: Navigate to the Packaging Screen
Find the Packaging Screen by going to the Inventory dropdown and selecting Packaging.
Step Two: Select LPN/Tray Labels
Just beneath the menu, select Print LPN/Tray Labels.
Step Three: Customize and Print
When you press the Print LPN/Label Trays button, you’ll see this pop-up. The instructions are fairly straightforward.
- Prefix – Like locations and bins, the prefix is the label name.
- Initial – This is the first number in the series of labels you’re printing.
- Print – Determine the number of labels you want to print
For example, if you set “Chocolate” as the Prefix, 1 as the initial number, and 3 as the number of labels, then you are going to print the following labels: Chocolate1, Chocolate2, and Chocolate3.
Step Four: Label Your Trays
This is an example of a barcoded label on a tray. Generally, you should choose trays that can hold all the items in an average-large order.
Using the Barcoded Trays – Android
Step One: Navigate to the Pick and Pack Screen in the Android App
Step Two: Adding Trays
There are a couple of ways to add trays, depending on how you send orders to a picker.
With a Pick Sheet
If you have a pick sheet or will be adding the order manually, then this is the workflow to follow:
2. Check the Barcoded Tray Button – this means that when you scan in an order, an available tray will be assigned to that order.
1. Scan or type in the tray.
3. If you typed in the number, Click Add – Now you’ve got a barcoded tray. If you scanned the order, this will happen automatically.
4. Once you’ve created the trays, select one of these (likely Pick and Pack) to start picking.
Assigned from Shipedge
If you assigned the order via the browser, then this is the workflow to follow:
5. Click the edit button next to the order you want to add a tray to.
Now scan in the tray number and you’re good to go.
4. Like before, select one of these options (likely pick and pack) to start the picking process.
Completing the Order
Once you have the items picked, take your barcoded trays to your packaging center. Remember that the barcoded tray number and shipping numbers are tied together. So, if you’re prompted to scan the order number, you can just scan the barcode, pack, and close the order as usual.
One Final Note – Because orders and barcoded trays are tied together, you can’t reuse that tray number until the order is marked as shipped. (Items are marked as shipped after the label is printed).