Shelf picking - items in Pio stored on locations outside the grid

Shelf pick option is a new picking flow made to speed up the process when you have items in Pio stored both in bins inside the grid and larger products stored on shelves or hanging racks.

If the orders in the picking queue contains products from other locations than the Pio grid, it will ease the picking flow for the port worker if these products are collected and prepared first, and placed on designated trolley locations next to the workstation.

Filtered pick options

When starting the filtered picking flow in the Port, you can choose to:

- Pick the grid-only items from bins

- Prepare the shelf items by selecting 'Shelf pick'

- Consolidate orders with prepared shelf items and grid items (prepared orders with only shelf items must be packed and shipped in the consolidation flow)

Follow these steps to start shelf picking in Pio

How to start a new shelf picking batch
Select orders
Take your trolley and start picking from the shelves
Skip items
Complete shelf pick
Start picking in port
Exit during picking


To start with shelf picking flow in Pio, there are a few things to prepare. Here are some recommendations before you start:

- name the shelf locations in alphabetical order, with aisle+shelf+level. Ex. 1.1.A - 2.10.E

Important! Pio will batch the orders in alphabetical/numerical order to minimize the picking distance. So make sure your locations are sorted in an orderly manner, preferably in a snake pattern to avoid unnecessary travel distance.

- use barcodes for location names/id's for easy storing (scan location to store the items on a shelf)


Contact Pio Support if you need help creating barcode labels for shelf locations.

- connect a scanner to the iPad to use on the shelf picking round
- prepare a trolley to move the items picked from shelves to the port or workstation
- add barcode locations on the trolley to keep the items sorted and enable fast consolidation

How to start a new shelf-picking batch

Select orders

When entering the Shelf pick flow you can use the + / - buttons to select how many orders you want to pick from the shelves.

The product images will be listed on the left side of the page. This makes it easy to plan the batch size per the type of products and trolley.

If the same product is to be picked for multiple orders, only the number of items to pick (in the upper right corner of the product image)  will be adjusted. 

When re-entering the Shelf-picking page, Pio will suggest the same number of orders as picked the last time.


Cherry-pick orders with shelf items

Instead of letting Pio define the order batch, you can select specific orders to prepare. Select the button in the upper right corner, '3 available orders', to list all available orders with shelf items.

You can then choose which orders to add to the picking queue by using the 'Add +'/'Added'-buttons on each order line, or the +/- buttons above the order list.

If all orders should be added to the picking queue, select the 'Add all orders' button and all orders will show as 'Added'.


To view more details for one order, click on the order line, and you will find the shelf locations and also which grid items the order contains. 


There are 3 tabs in the list view of shelf pick orders. Click the tabs to switch between shelf pick orders in status 'Available', 'In progress' and 'Completed'.


When you have added the orders to pick from shelves, select the green button 'Start shelf picking 3 orders'.

Take your trolley and start picking from the shelves

Pio will organize the most optimized picking route, based on an alphabetical order of shelf locations.

Bring the trolley to use for temporary placement of the items that are retrieved from the shelves. Here is an example of a trolley where you can use multiple locations:

Use the scanner to scan the item's barcode when picking, or select 'Confirm pick' on the iPad.


If the order has more than one item, you must 'Confirm pick' for each piece that is picked from the specified shelf location.

Place the item on the trolley, and scan or enter the location ID on the trolley: 


Skip items

If, for some reason, you have to skip an item during the shelf pick round, use the arrow icon in the top row to skip the next picking item. IMG_0430.jpg

Confirm in the popup dialog that you want to 'Skip items':


Skipped items will be removed from the shelf pick list, and the order will be made available for the next shelf pick round.

Complete shelf pick

When you have picked all the items for the selected orders, follow the instructions on the success screen. The trolley with the picked items can now be moved back to a Port workstation.

The next step is to start the consolidation flow under 'Filtered pick' to pick and pack items from both bins and trolley locations.


Start picking in port

When the shelf pick round is completed, and the trolley is placed next to the workstation, everything should be ready to start picking in Pio.

You have two options for picking the orders ready for consolidation:
1. The first option is to prioritize these orders by using 'Filtered pick' and 'Consolidate'. The red number indicates how many orders are ready for picking and packing from the trolley.
2. The second option is to start the normal picking flow in the Port by selecting the yellow 'Pick' button. The consolidation orders will be part of the order backlog when picking in the Port.

When a shelf-pick order is next in the Port, Pio will tell you which location on the trolley to pick the item from.


Pick the item and select 'Next' or 'Complete order'. 

Exit during picking

If you have to exit in the middle of the picking round, you can use the 'Exit' button in the upper left corner.

Follow the instructions in the dialogue box and move the trolley with the picked items to the workstation. These items are now ready to be consolidated with orders from the grid.

If you have to exit in the middle of picking a shelf order, the order will be left in the status 'In Progress'. Orders in progress must be resumed by the same user who started it.

You will be asked to resume this incomplete order when you resume shelf picking. 



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