Sunday, July 25, 2010

Interview Questions : Pick Release Concepts

Here we have collected some of the most important Questions with their answers.  We framed the answers based on different  Oracle guides , Blogs and  our personel learnings too.  Hope it will be helpful!! 

What is Release Rules in Oracle apps?

Release Rules define the criteria to be used during Pick Release. Only orders which meet the criteria and are eligible will be Released. An Order line is eligible if it has completed the prerequisite workflow activities, such as Schedule - Line or Create Supply.

What is meant by Release Sequence Rules in Oracle apps?

Release Sequence Rules determines the order in which inventory is allocated to sales orders. Users can choose to allocate by order, outstanding Invoice value, Scheduled Date, Departure Date & Shipment Priority.
The order in which sales orders are filled could be very important. If a company has a problem of running out of material before all of their orders have been filled it is very important that they have filled their most important orders first.

What is meant by Picking Rules?

Picking Rules, which are created and maintained in Inventory, suggests which material to use, based on inventory controls such as Revision control, Lot control, FIFO (first in first out) or subinventory/locator picking numbers.

Picking Rule is an Item Attribute. Create a variety of picking rules and associate them with the appropriate items. If there isn’t a Picking Rule associated with the item, the system will use the Organization’s default Picking Rule which is found on the Shipping Organization’s Parameters.

Note: Picking Rules are covered in Inventory. To learn more see Inventory’s users guide.

What is meant by Pick Slip Grouping Rules?

Pick Slip Grouping Rules organize how released order lines are grouped on Pick Slips for ease of picking. For Example: By using the Pick Slip Grouping Rule "Sub-Inventory" the user can reduce the number of trips to a particular subinventory by grouping all lines for that sub-inventory on to one Pick Slip.

What Happens during Pick Release ?

  • A pre-approved Move Order is automatically created in Inventory.
  • A Move order is a request for a subinventory transfer from the source (stocking) subinventory to the destination (staging) subinventory.
  • A Move order is created for every Sales Order Line that has the status of “Awaiting Shipping” and passes the picking criteria (Use your Release Rules to guide this process).
  • The Destination subinventory is the Staging subinventory entered on the Release Sales Orders form or defaulted from the Shipping Parameters. Only one staging subinventory is allowed per Picking Batch.
  • Note: A Picking Batch is the total number of Order Lines that were released at one time.
  • Inventory uses the move order to manage material requisitions within an Organization.

Other options During Pick Release

 Allocate Inventory to the move order
  • Allocating can be done automatically after the move order is created by setting “Auto Allocate” to yes on the Release Sales Order form or postponed until later, then manually allocated from the Transaction Move Orders form.
  • The Release Sequence Rule, that was entered on the Release Sales Orders form, or defaulted from the Shipping Parameters, will be used to determine in what sequence to fill the move orders.
  • Move orders use inventory’s picking rules to suggest the material that should be allocated. The sourcing values for subinventory, locators, revisions, and lots are defaulted on to the move order.
  • Serial Numbers can be allocated if the profile option: INV: Detail Serials = “Yes”. If it is set to “No” serial numbers can be entered before Pick Confirm from the Move Orders form or after Pick Confirm from the Shipping Transaction form.
  • The source defaults can be manually updated from the Transaction Move Orders form.
  • A high level reservation is placed for the Move Order’s material requirements.
  • Allocating inventory is a prerequisite for printing Pick Slips. The Pick Slip Grouping Rule entered on the Release Sales Orders form or defaulted from the Shipping Parameters is used while printing pick slips.

  Pick Confirm the move order                                

  • Pick Confirm can be done automatically during the picking process by setting “Pick Confirm” to yes on the Release Sales Orders form or by unchecking the Pick Confirm Required checkbox in the Organization Parameters form. If it is not done automatically during pick release it can be done manually from the Transaction Move Orders form by selecting the Transact button.
  • The Pick Confirm transaction executes the subinventory transfer, moving the material from it’s source location to it’s destination staging location. Only 1 staging subinventory is supported per picking batch.
  • The high level reservations are replaced with detail reservations.
  • Note: A high level reservation puts a reservation on a given quantity. For example if the sales order line needs ten 12” Monitors and you have 15 on hand, the reservation will guarantee that 10 of them will be available for this order but it doesn’t specify which 10. Detail reservations puts a reservation on specific subinventory, locator, revision, and lot number.
  • If you transact less than the requested quantity, the Move Order will stay open until the total quantity is transacted, or the order is closed or cancelled.
  • The status of the Sales Order Line, which is linked to the Move Order, is changed to “Picked” making it eligible for Ship Confirm.
  • If not all of the Move order quantity was transacted the status of the Sales Order Line, is changed to “Picked Partial”. During Ship Confirm the order line will split into 2 shipment schedules (e.g. 1.1 and 1.2). The status of the unfilled line will be changed to “Awaiting Shipping”.
  • If there is a shortage of material a shortage messages alerts the appropriate individual.
  • If an organization’s actual picks rarely deviate from the suggested material, it is suggested that you run your picking process with Auto Allocate and Pick Confirmed set to Yes to cut down on the overhead which is required to transact manually. 

  Auto Create Deliveries - Optional 
  • A delivery is required in order to Ship Confirm. You can select to have the Picking process automatically group your delivery lines into deliveries to expedite this process.

Enjoy Learning!    Happy Sharing!!   All the Best for your Interview!!

4 Responses to “Interview Questions : Pick Release Concepts”

Rudresh said...
August 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Really its very good Post..It gave me lot of details regarding Pick Release,
Thanks for This post.

Please keep it on....


Anonymous said...
December 26, 2012 at 6:36 PM

This is very useful. I cleard some of my existing doubts.

Thanks for this...

Akilan J

Anonymous said...
February 26, 2013 at 10:49 PM

good article.
Amit G.

Chintan Patel said...
August 14, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Great Info.
On the Pick Slip Grouping Rules Form, Source Locator, Item and Revision is greyed-out and I would like to create Pick Slip Grouping by Item. Does anybody know how I can do this?

Chintan P.

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