Warehouse Management UX : Managing Warehouse Entities in Single Window Interface



  • Warehouse Management UX : Managing Warehouse Entities in Single Window Interface.

    I am designing UI/UX for a warehouse management system. As a warehouse consist of a hierarchy of containers as mentioned below. Warehouse building -> Zone -> Aisle -> Bay -> Rack -> Shelve -> Bin

    Other moveable containers (tote, cart, palette, Box)

    I am looking forward to designing a single window interface from which users can add / update and delete all hierarchical warehouse entities.

    This application will be used by 3PL company staff who manages the warehouse.

    In my current approach I have categorized warehouse entities into below mentioned categories.

    1. Layout (Zone, Aisle, Bay)
    2. Storage Unit (Rack, Shelf, Bin)
    3. Movable (Tote, palette, cart, Bin)

    I have placed a dropdown at the top of the screen which will contain all of the above categories. When a user selects any category, all the elements inside that category will be displayed in tabs besides the category selection dropdown.

    Once the user selects a tab. A table will be displayed with the properties of the selected entity. Wire frame example of the zone entity is attached below.

    I have added textbox under each property heading so that user can enter a value and filter the records being displayed in the table.

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    Once a user clicks add entity instance or attempts to edit a existing entity instance available in the table. A pop up will be display to add and edit all the properties of the selected entity. Below is the example of the pop-up.

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    I have Below doubts about my approach.

    1. Is this approach feasible for large amount of instances created for each entity considering its a warehouse management system?
    2. Is this the best way, to manage entities in hierarchy for a warehouse/inventory management ?
    3. Is this UI representation best for standard sized screen at warehouse terminals ?
    4. In the future we might display the inventory which will be present inside these respective warehouse entity in the same instance property table. Will this be a feasible approach for warehouse entity and its inventory management ?

    Any suggestions are appreciated.



  • If you can do some interviews with warehouse managers ( ideally who have used a similar physical set up) you may get some very useful information.

    How people use a system isn't necessarily how it might seem logically.



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