Advancements In Track And Trace SKU Capture
These days, everyone in the supply chain has a need to keep track of SKU information to keep accurate order shipment records. This is particularly crucial for warranty purposes, and that’s why some high-volume computer and electronics organizations are using top-level Warehouse Control and Execution Systems (WCS).
These top-level WCS systems make use of real-time control modules with voice direction to help capture SKUs, serial numbers, and other shipment data.
With in-line scanning and labeling technology, cases can be picked with a batch pick process that uses hands-free voice picking to help pick cases for orders, and this is connected to a conveyor line. Voice can manage and verify the case pick and quantity during the picking process.
Afterward, cases move on to the camera scanning tunnel, where they are scanned on all sides. At the same time, their serial number barcodes will be captured and passed from the WCS to the WMS. The WMS will then validate the serial numbers and SKUS, assign the case to an order, and send the documentation and labeling back to the WCS. The WCS can then check for errors and verify everything, sending cases that could be problematic to inspectors for further review.
It is important to note that new FDA regulations call for stricter tracking and tracing by DCs and supply chains when it comes to medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and food. Real-time data capture of the SKU lot codes is vital, and there is also Standardized Numerical Identifier (SNI) guidance that requires unique identification numbers to be printed on the labeling.
Many industries are finding that using a top-tier warehouse control system for integrating SKU and serial data with print-and-apply labeling can help keep customers happy and stay in line with the regulations.