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What is Task Interleaving?

Task interleaving is an advanced strategy to optimize internal warehouse movements. It can be used both in goods receipt and goods removal. It is interleaving or combining different warehouse tasks on a single trip in a warehouse. An employee can perform putaway and picking in one trip instead of performing in two trips. In this way, deadheading (forklift being empty while an employee is driving) can be reduced.

As an example, an employee performs putaway to storage bins after taking goods from the staging area but does not return empty-handed to the staging area immediately after putaway. Employee performs picking from storage bins and returns to a staging area. So, an employee performs something on the round trip. In other words, this is combining picking and put away in the same area. In this way different warehouse tasks are carried out as a single trip.

Another explanation of task interleaving is to combine putaway and picking queues in one zone where both activity zones are in the same location physically in the RF environment. It is important to match proper and related warehouse tasks. Distance between desired goods and priorities of warehouse tasks need to be considered for combining.

In Which Areas task Interleaving Can Be Used?

  • Picking
  • Replenishment
  • Putaway
  • Consolidation
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What are the Benefits of Task Interleaving?

  • Minimizing travel time and distance by combining different warehouse tasks on a single trip,
  • Accelerating operations,
  • Increasing cost savings by eliminating empty-handed employees or resources,
  • Reducing unutilized resource time by assigning another warehouse task to the employee,
  • Maximizing cycle counts which can improve stock accuracy,
  • Making customers receive their deliveries sooner,
  • Keeping the labor force on the maximum level,
  • Increasing overall efficiency.

What is SAP EWM?

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is a complete warehouse management system that helps you manage your warehouse processes, from goods receiving and putaway through to picking and shipping. With SAP EWM, you can plan, execute, and monitor all your warehouse operations with maximum efficiency in real time.

SAP EWM allows you to move away from manual handling and paper-based methods and create a fully automated warehouse for improved efficiency. It's designed for use in highly complex warehousing scenarios where companies are consolidating multiple storage locations into one or two large distribution centers.

You can contact us to get information about the SAP EWM consultancy we offer.


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