Directed put-away & Pick


I have been trying to search if it is necessary to enable Directed Put-away and Pick if a we don’t have fixed bins, Bin rankings . In addition, for receiving/ put-way/picks/shipping mobile device with WMS functionality will be used.

As per my understanding with the Directed Put-away and Pick;

  • If this is not enabled;
    • When creating bins, Bin type should not be added.
    • No Zones are required.
    • Bin Racking wont work, Fixed Bins wont work
  • If this is enabled;
    • At least one zone needs to be created.
    • Bin needs to be linked to Zone
    • Bin should have Bin Type (If zone doesn’t have them).
    • Put-Away template needs to be there.
    • Different UOMs can be picked up from the Bin (If Allow Breakbulk is also enabled)
    • Bin Mandatory should be enabled

From the experience you have with warehouse it would be great to get your input on this.


if not enabled

Zones are not required but can still be created as a way to group bins for reporting and other purposes.

There are no “Fixed” bins but there are “Default” bins. “Default” bin defines the primary location for the item.

If Enabled

Zones are still optional, but I’d recommend to create at least one. That simplifies the process if you later decide to expand your use of Zones.

There is no requirement to link a Bin to a Zone. Although it’s a good practice if you are using Zones. The unique identifier is the “Bin Code”. The “Zone Code” is just and attribute of the bin. The “Bin Code” is unique to the location. Different zones cannot both have a Bin “A”.

The Zone’s “Bin Type” provides the default value for any bins assigned to that zone. But it can be changed on the Bin, The Bin’s “Bin Type” is pushed to any related “Bin Content” records that are created.

Put-Away templates are optional, but their use can greatly enhance to system functionality. I recommend their use.

Yes, the warehouse will track inventory by specific UOMs if “Directed Pick\Put-away” is enabled. If not enabled, inventory is tracked by base UOM only.

You cannot enable “Directed Pick\Put-away” without “Bin Mandatory”


There is no “one wms setup” the fits all environments. You have to choose the setup that best works for your needs. I strongly suggest you prototype whatever setup you choose to insure it behaves to your expectations. Nothing can be more disastrous than discovering it doesn’t after go-live,

Some factor to consider are number of items, frequency of item changes, and experience and turnover of staff. Mainly how well does the staff know the warehouse and the inventory. With a small fairly static inventory and an experienced staff, non-directed picking can be a viable option.

With non-directed picking, the system “suggest” the dedicated bin for that item (if there is one). If the item is not there (pick), or the bin is full (put), you are now dependent on the user to make the right choice. Decisions are left to the user, and the need to make many decisions can slow down the process. This can become unmanageable in a very large and busy environment.

with directed pick\put-away, the system makes all the decisions. The user only has to do what the what the system tells them to do. This can greatly speed up the process as the user don’t need to keep making choices.

I could keep writing, but I need to get back to work. Hopefully this is helpful to you.


Since you do not have fixed bin, I think you do not need to use the Directed Put-away and Pick.
You will need Directed Put-away and Pick if you need the system to suggest where to put-away your item. If you do not need that, you do not need to activate it, since activate it will make your process more complex.


This really helps, thanks for the explanation.

A common misconception with “Directed Put-Away and Pick” is that the system is providing suggestions. It is not. It is providing directions. Understanding (and accepting) this difference is key to having a successful implementation. When “Directed Put-Away and Pick” is activated, you are turning over decision making to the computer. Users no longer have to decide where to put something or where to get something. They just need to follow the direction provided by the computer. The need for users to “think less” allows them to focus more on the physical task and increases efficiency. This is the payback for “Directed Put-Away and Pick”.

But it is also important for you and your client to understand and accept this. Otherwise you will both be disappointed with the results.