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Put-Away Verification

Verifying Inventory Put-Away Placement with Computer Vision

Fulfilling customer orders quickly and accurately is the primary objective for most 3PLs and warehouses. In order to accomplish this goal, inventory put-away processes need to be precise and exact. Like most other warehouse processes, inventory put-away is expected to be completed as quickly as possible to ensure palleted goods do not pile up in receiving docks. And without computer vision enabled put-away verification, expediting inventory placement without location verification can result in pallets being delivered to the wrong area causing them to be lost and unavailable for fulfillment. Mistakes like this are common and negatively impact downstream warehouse processes. Poor put-away practices increase time spent looking for goods, resulting in delayed orders and inventory write-offs.

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PickTRACK: Automating and Digitizing the Entire Inventory Put-Away Verification Process

Most inventory “put” processes in warehouses require associates to use handheld barcode readers to manually scan item and location codes; this process not only imposes an overhead on labor productivity it also invariably introduces verification errors in put-away locations. These errors are a major contributor to lowering inventory accuracy across the warehouse.

Put-Away Verification Implementation


Vimaan addresses these put-away reporting challenges and automates put-away verification with PickTRACK, a suite of sensors and cameras that are configured to fit on existing forklifts and other material handling equipment. PickTRACK put-away verification capabilities deliver three distinct advantages to 3PLs, warehouses and brands:

  • Ongoing location audits and cycle counting – While tracking and ensuring accurate put-away tasks, PickTRACK conducts location specific incrementing and decrementing, helping deliver the highest level of inventory accuracy to the WMS.
  • Locates Placed Goods and Keeps the Associates Productive – Inventory put-away events and locations are reported back to the WMS, allowing order pickers to pinpoint goods faster and more accurately. 
  • Eliminates the need for the associate to scan the item and location barcodes – Since the computer vision solution automatically records the put-away event, the associate can be freed up to just perform pick and put tasks rather than spend time scanning each event.

How Put Away Verification Works

Inventory Put-Away with PickTRACK
Cameras and sensors mounted on MHE capture precise put away activities

During the automated put-away process as the MHE approaches a pallet, PickTRACK automatically detects and reads the pallet labels. The drivers then proceed to their put-away missions as normal. PickTRACK sensors that are fitted on the MHE automatically track its motion and location through the warehouse.  When the driver puts away a pallet, PickTRACK automatically detects the put event and also records the location.   

It is important to note that NO change to the normal workflow is required. If put away is done on an MHE, the driver simply picks up the pallet and drives to the directed location to put away the item.  PickTRACK automatically updates the WMS when the put occurs.  

Because MHE location can also be tracked like a GPS for your car, warehouses that use PickTRACK become much more efficient in planning, routing, and optimizing the path of placing and picking goods throughout their facilities.  

Put-Away Verification Capabilities and Metrics

Inventory Put-Away Planning

  • PickTRACK can be used for both rack storage as well as bulk floor storage.
  • In cases of a put-away “validation”, PickTRACK pulls “put” tasks directly from the WMS and validates MHE activity against these task lists. In cases where there is no barcode scanner, PickTRACK simply replaces the barcode scanner and updates the WMS with the put activity.
  • Data collected during previous put-away missions informs open space utilization and maximizes available warehouse real estate.
  • In cases where pallets are placed double deep, or multi-high stacked at a location, PickTRACK can track the “depth” or “height” in the stack. This provides a “3D” build up of the warehouse and each location. Each layer can be digitally “peeled back” to see what items are behind one another.  
  • There is no need to change proven put-away procedures, PickTRACK seamlessly integrates into exiting processes, allowing MHE Drivers to stay in their seats.

Label Data Capture and Goods Validation

MHE movement and events are tracked with PickTRACK
  • PickTRACK sensors and lights automatically activate when approaching pallets during picks. They deactivated after the pick. Similarly, they automatically activate during the put and then deactivate once the put-away task is complete.
  • PickTRACK automatically scans and captures label information on inventory and the location of the MHE during pick and put activities.
  • Vimaan highlights any discrepancies (item LPNs, quantities or locations) in near-real time, thus ensuring put-away accuracy against the WMS. 

Put-Away Tracking and Performance Optimization

MHE movement and events are tracked with PickTRACK
  • Placed goods are tracked and reported back to the WMS or other warehouse system of record in near real-time
  • Warehouse managers use PickTRACK to assess MHE utilization and associate activity for future performance optimization
  • Vimaan creates a digital twin of your warehouse making it easier to plan, route, and optimize MHE paths across your facility.
  • Like a GPS for your car, PickTRACK enables warehouses to become much more efficient in planning, routing, and optimizing the path of put-away events. 
  • All above put-away data can be automatically integrated with the customer’s WMS or other receiving software to update and highlight discrepancies
  • Vimaan ViewDeck: App is used to review, search, and view data, highlight discrepancies, and generate valuable analytics by MHE, associate, area of the warehouse, rack or floor usage.

This enables significant cost savings through lower labor requirements, while making the process of inventory put-away faster with higher quality results.

Featured Put-Away Verification Enabler

ViewDECK Inventory Visualization

All VIMAAN solutions transmit scanned inventory data to the ViewDECK web application for near real-time analysis. ViewDECK is an intuitive tool that allows you to easily search. All ViewDECK data is automatically transmitted to your WMS; ensuring you have the most up to date view of your inventory. Learn more about inventory visualization with ViewDECK.

WHAT IS INVENTORY ACCURACY… AND WHY 3pLs and brands need to care

Automated Put-Away Verification can be instrumental in increasing inventory accuracy across the warehouse.

Inventory accuracy is a challenge in almost every warehouse we walk into, and the reasons behind the inaccuracies vary. Understanding the truth behind your inventory involves not just cycle counting of stored inventory, but also accurate tracking of inventory movement including pick and put-away verifications all while reconciling it in near real time against your WMS. 


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