At Peoplevox we specialise in Warehouse Management Systems, but understand that sometimes you just need help with a specific aspect of your warehouse operations, and you need it immediately. This is why we decided to create a series of simple apps that could be downloaded and used immediately without the need for complicated configuration or data setup.
What is the app for?
The Simple Pick app is designed to help you record the items you pick against each Sales Order (SO) quickly, and then share the pick information with colleagues via email.
How do I get the app?
We have just made our Simple Pick app available in beta mode on Google Play.
Getting hold of it is easy. Hit the Google Play button below, or visit the Play store on your Android device and search for 'Simple Pick - Peoplevox'.
What do I need to do to set it up?
The first time you use the app you’ll be prompted to ‘type your email address’. Simply enter your email address then tap the green ‘SIGN IN’ button at the bottom of the screen.
The app contains a barcode scanner, which supports a number of different barcode formats. The first time you use the app, all supported barcode formats will be turned on, and the ISBN format will be set to ISBN 10. Tap on the settings icon if you wish to turn off any of the formats or change the ISBN format. You may change these settings at any time by tapping the settings icon.
You are now ready to use the app!
How do I use it?
The first screen you see after signing ion will be the list of Sales Orders (SO) for which you have recorded picks (shown on the left).
This list will obviously be empty the first time the app is used for an email address.
Tap on the blue + button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen to add a new SO to pick, or tap on an existing SO entry to view it or add more items.
Adding a new SO
When you choose to add a new SO you will be shown the screen on the right. Add the Sales Order Number by typing it or by tapping the barcode icon and scanning the SO barcode.
Add an item code by typing it then tapping the green tick to confirm, or by tapping on the barcode icon and scanning the item barcode. Adjust the item quantity by tapping on the + and -.
If you want to record where the item was picked from, add the location by typing text or by tapping on the barcode icon and scanning the location barcode.
Sales Order Number and at least one item code are mandatory and must be entered before the pick can be saved.
Tap the green 'PICK' button when you're done. This will save the picking data and return you to the SO list screen.
Pick Summary screen
Swipe left from the Current Pick screen to display the Pick Summary screen (shown left).
The Pick Summary screen shows you all items that have been picked so far for that SO, and the location from which they were picked (if entered).
Editing an existing SO
Tapping on an existing SO on the SO list, or swiping right from the Pick Summary screen will bring you back to the current pick screen for the selected SO (shown right). Here you may add more items to your pick as shown.
Sharing picking data
The app lets you share the SO picking data you have recorded, via email. From the SO list screen, tap on the share icon against the SO you wish to share and choose email. This will open an email formatted with the data from your SO, ready for you to edit if desired then send to the recipient of your choice.
You can also share from the Pick Summary screen by tapping on the SHARE button at the bottom of the screen.
Delete the whole SO entry by selecting the desired SO and clicking the blue DELETE button at the bottom of the Pick Summary screen.
Tap the exit icon in the top right of the screen to log out. This will return you to the sign in screen. Tap the back button to exit the application.
Multiple people may use the app on the same device. If each person uses a different email address to sign in, each person’s SO list will contain the SOs they picked only; i.e. person 1 will be able to see all the SOs they picked but not the SOs person 2 picked, and person 2 will not be able to see the SOs person 1 picked. If multiple people use the app, we recommend you log out before exiting.
If you are the only user on the device, if you tap the back button on the SO list screen and say yes when asked ‘Are you sure you want to exit the application?’, you will exit the application whilst remaining logged in, so the next time you tap the app icon it will take you straight back to the SO list screen.
How do I find a Sales Order that I've already entered?
The SO list screen shows the SOs in descending date/time added order.
You can perform a search on this screen by entering at least 2 characters from the SO or item number into the search field at the top.
Tips on scanning barcodes
Firstly, ensure the smartphone camera lens is clean and not obstructed.
Place the barcode within the boundaries of the red box displayed on the screen. If the camera has an auto-focus feature, the camera will automatically focus on the barcode.
The camera may incorrectly read the barcode if it is hit by a reflection of light, if it is mis-shaped or if it is scanning through a material such as polythene. In this instance move the camera away from, or at an angle to, the light source. If it's scanning through a material stretch it out or unwrap the barcode, and if the barcode is mis-shaped flatten it to make scanning easier.
Once scanning, the camera will automatically return the barcode value to the app as soon as possible. If the camera is unable to read the barcode within 5 seconds, move the camera nearer or further away from the barcode. Alternatively, you may need to move to better light or turn on the camera flashlight.
The camera can read barcodes which are damaged or marked as long as there is a complete horizontal strip of the barcode which remains undamaged.
The camera will return the barcode value to the app when it finds a barcode in a format that is turned on in the app settings (shown on the right).
When the camera returns the barcode value to the app, check the value matches the printed human readable part of the barcode. Comparing the last two characters of the barcode is sufficient to match to the value for most barcode types.