What is a Wave?

Waves are used to process sales orders (SO) and prepare them for shipping. You can create a wave by adding single or multiple SO line(s) (which will allocate the goods) and use the Wave to pick them off the shelf for a customer. Once the wave lines are verified, they are closed and are ready to be packed and shipped. Waves provide an efficient process for managing the allocation and picking of items in a warehouse.

If you have a CSV or API integration with your 3PL then Waves are transmitted to them for processing. The 3PL will process the Wave and Ship the Order.

Here are the statuses for a Wave:

  • Allocated: All the quantities of each line have been successfully reserved (allocated). No lines have been picked or shipped yet.
  • Partially Allocated: At least some quantity of one line was not successfully reserved (allocated). However, the other quantities have been sufficiently allocated. This does not occur often but can happen when the same item is being waved concurrently. No lines have been picked or shipped yet.
  • Un-Allocated: All of the quantities on all of the lines were not successfully reserved (allocated). This does not occur often but can happen when the same item is being waved concurrently. No lines have been picked or shipped yet. Unallocated waves cannot be picked.
  • In Picking: This status change when a Wave is allocated or partially allocated. At least some quantity on 1 or some lines has been picked, or all of the quantity of 1 or some lines has been fully picked.
  • Picked: This status takes place after a Wave is allocated or partially allocated. All of the quantities on all of the lines have been fully picked to their allocated amount.
  • Closed: After lines on a Wave have been picked, they can be verified and closed. If all the lines of a Wave are closed, it will be in Closed status.
  • Partially Shipped: When a Wave is In Picking or Picked where at least one, but not all, of the lines, has been shipped.
  • Shipped: When all of the lines of a Wave have been shipped.
  • Produced: These are manufacturing order (MO) waves that have produced the finished good.
  • Void: A Voided wave will un-allocate and unpick all the quantities on that wave.

Wave Fields

Use the fields in “Sales Order Criteria” to search for sales order below:

  • Select Ship Store: Select the ship store of the SO you’re searching for.
  • Select Customer: Select the customer of the SO you’re searching for.
  • Order Number: Enter the Order number of the SO you’re searching for.
  • Ship Date: Select a shipping date range for the SO you’re searching for.
  • Order Date: Select an Order Date of the SO you’re searching for.
  • Order Status: Select an order status of the SO you’re searching for.
  • Sales Order List: This area displays the sales orders that have been searched from the criteria above.
  • Advance Search: Use an Advanced Search among the searched SOs to further narrow down your list.
  • Sales Order Lines: This box fetches all the lines from the SO that has been selected above.
  • Wave Lines: This shows all the SO lines that have been sent to the Wave.

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