Create New Location Containers

Before you store any items in RO, you need to assign location codes to your shelf space. After you develop a naming convention for your location codes, you can create locations in RO and move items into them.

  1. Go to Administration > Container Manager.
  2. At the bottom of the Location Design pane, press the [Add] button.
  3. Select the Facility/Zone for the new containers. Set the container Type to Location.
  4. Select the Area where the container will reside.
    • Pickable. The main area where you store your items. Items in these containers are pickable, meaning they may be picked to fulfill orders.
    • Receiving. A staging area for inbound shipments of purchase orders. These items are not pickable. Note that if you use JIT fulfillment, JIT inventory must be received into a pickable location, not a receiving location.
    • Shipping. For outbound shipments of customer orders. These items are not pickable.
    • Lost. For lost items. Lost containers are not real containers but they can assist in reporting purposes.
    • Store only. These locations are used only for Point of Sale transactions. This inventory is not considered pickable, but is available for POS sales.  
  5. Enter the Prefix and any Ranges inside your location code separated by punctuation in-between. You may also enter a Suffix. For more help, read the “Set Ranges on Location Codes” section below.
  6. Press the [Preview Containers] button. These containers will display in the Inventory Containers pane.
  7. At the bottom of the Inventory Containers pane, press the [Create Containers] button.

Set Ranges on Location Codes

Location codes are unique codes that identify the physical location of a storage container. Ideally, your location codes should not just be readable by machines. They should also be easily interpretable by humans.

As a matter of example, let’s say your warehouse has 20 aisles of shelf space for storage. Each aisle has 8 shelves. Each shelf has 3 vertical levels. A typical code might look like this:

Set Ranges on Location Codes

This code provides you with all the information you need regarding the location of an item. This code tells me I can find the item on Aisle #16, Shelf #8, B-level.

To create these containers in ROP, you would need to enter the following:

This will create a total of 480 containers, 24 per aisle, 3 per shelf. You can see a sampling of the containers below:

Print Container ID Labels

After you have created your containers, you can print the container ID labels for easy scanning. If you need to reprint these labels at any time in the future, you may do so following these same steps.

  1. In the Location Design pane, select the desired container group. Containers that have already been created within that group will appear under the Inventory Containers pane.
  2. In the Inventory Containers pane, select the containers for which you’d like to print container ID labels.
    • If no selection has been made, all containers created within the container group will be selected by default.
  3. Select the label formatting. Press the [Print container] button.
Print Container ID Labels
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4 Comments

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    Quoc Nguyen

    How do you delete a container?

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    Jason
    One question I have is regarding a new "Area" option that showed up for "Store Only". Does that mean POS Store, or is it store as in storage?
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    Ally Norman-Daley

    Hi Jason! "Store Only" containers are mean for Point of Sale, and will prevent the inventory from becoming available for sale on a channel.

    Quoc, we do not currently delete containers, but please reach out to help@retailops.com if we can assist further.

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    Bstrand

    Hey, what does this mean? If we were to receive JIT inventory to a Receiving marked container what happens? Would the inventory just not be pickable and that's the warning, or will it throw an error? 

    "Note that if you use JIT fulfillment, JIT inventory must be received into a pickable location, not a receiving location."

    Edited by Bstrand
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