Setting Up Bin Types

The program is constructed to direct the flow of items through bins that you have defined for particular warehouse activities. You give each bin its basic flow activities – and thereby define the way the program will use a bin - by assigning it a bin type.

The program is set up to operate with eight bin types. You can operate your warehouse with all of the eight possible bin types, or you can choose to operate with just the RECEIVE, PUTPICK, SHIP and NOFLOW bin types. These four bin types allow the program to make suggestions to support the flow of items and allow you to record inventory discrepancies.

To set up the bin types you want to use:

  1. Open the Bin Types window.

  2. In the Bin Types window, create a 10-character code for a bin type.

  3. Place a check mark in the activities that the program will perform with each bin type.


Bin Types are only applicable if you are using directed put-away and pick for your location.

The bin type determines only how the program will use a bin as it processes the flow of items through the warehouse. You can always override the suggestions of the program on any warehouse document (receipt, put-away, pick or movement or shipment), and you can move items in or out of any bin by performing a warehouse movement.

The bin types that you can create are listed below.

Name of bin type

Bin type has check mark in activity:

Bins with this bin type are used by program or you for:



Items registered as posted receipts but not yet put away



Items picked for warehouse shipment lines but not yet posted as shipped


Put Away

Typically, items to be stored in large units of measure but that you do not want the program to access for picking purposes. Because the program will not pick from these bins, either for production orders or shipments, your use of a Put Away type bin might be limited, but this bin type could be useful if you have purchased a large quantity of items. Bins of this type should always have a low bin-ranking, so that when the program puts received items away, it will first put away in higher-ranking PUTPICK bins fixed to the item. If you are using this type of bin, you must regularly perform bin replenishment so that the items stored in these bins are also available in PUTPICK or PICK type bins.



Items to be used only for picking, for example, for items with an approaching expiration date that you have moved into this type of bin. You would place a high bin ranking on these bins so the program suggests picking from these bins first.


Put Away, Pick

Items in bins that the program will suggest for both the put-away (fill up from Receive-type bins) and pick functions. Bins of this type probably have different bin rankings. You can set up your bulk storage bins as this type of bin with low bin rankings compared to your ordinary pick bins or forward picking area bins.


No check marks at all

The program will use a bin of this type for inventory adjustments, if you specify this bin on the location card, Bins tab, Adjustment Bin Code field. You can also set up bins of this type for defective items and items being inspected: You can move items to this type of bin if you want to make them inaccessible to the usual item flow controlled by the program.