Dynamic Slotting:

 

A technique available in some Warehouse Management Systems in which a forward pick location is created dynamically, rather than being dedicated to a single SKU. This is needed in two primary situations: (1) when there aren’t enough pick locations to handle all of the SKUs; or (2) when demand for the SKU in a wave or general order pool far exceeds the storage capacity of the forward pick location for that SKU.

In either case, a WMS can create either a temporary primary location in the first scenario, or a secondary location – even a floor location – in the second scenario. Generally, picks are first directed to the new primary or secondary pick slots. When the work is done, the slot is freed to be used dynamically by another SKU. This is considered an advanced WMS capability.