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Customers today continue to demand more – instant availability, error free service, and customized products – all at a lower cost. That is why many professionals look to adopt best practices as a way to drive improvement. Material handling and the put-away function encompass all the processes that support the movement of material from the receiving area to the point of use or the storage location.

Material handling can be enhanced when warehouse automation is used in line with a well thought out put-away processes. Put-away is the process of moving material from the dock and transporting it to a warehouse’s storage, replenishment, or pick area. Companies can best manage the put-away area by calculating resource and space requirements based on expected receipts and current backlogs. It is best to put away products the same day they are received, because not doing so affects space, causes congestion, increases transaction errors, and makes products more susceptible to damage.

The put-away process includes staging products from the receiving area, based on the purchase order, based on the part number, or based on a put-away zone or by using direct delivery (put-away) to the storage location. The most efficient practice is to put-away directly from receipt to its final location. This process uses the least space for staging and product is handled less and ready for use sooner. Assigning locations and using direct put-away can be optimized the by use of automated conveyor systems that are capable of sorting and diverting materials by zone and location.

W&H Systems knows that the put-away process is critical and significantly affects overall warehouse efficiency. W&H Systems works with our customers to streamline and minimize touches during the put-away process either manually or using automation.