Outs/Research batches vs. Autofill/CAF batches

#1
Question for someone in the know - Which SHOULD be a higher priority for the backroom to pull - outs/research or Autofill/CAF? I know what I think, but I'd like to get a definitive answer on Best Practice and, if possible, where that info is written.
 
#3
research pulls have to be pulled within ONE HOUR of the time they are dropped, or the process will be red. Therefore research pulls take precedent over CAFS/Autofills in most cases. Research pulls shouldn't be that big though.
 

walruses

Former Softlines TL
#5
Research and outs are more important because they aren't represented on the floor. The process acts as a backup for the things other processes miss. Thus, it's most important to push the priority pulls first.
 
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Ludwig3

Guest
#6
I know we're all guilty of "false tagging" a vehicle. :D Sales Floor seems to respond better to yellow anyway!
 
#7
autofill/caf should be pull and filled before they even do research
This wasn't what the question refers to. I am ONLY asking about the priority of the pull. I need to know where the reference can be found. I get the whole instocks process - have been a part of it probably longer than anyone else on this board. Our ETL-log and BRISTL believe that the backroom stops everything the second the CAFs drop. I think that filling an out is more important than replacing an item that sold an hour ago. When I question the priority I get mumblemumblemumbleOURNUMBERSmumble. If it's supposed to be that way, I will bow to whatever corp. reasons are, but I want to see it in writing.
 

Rock Lobster

Executive Team Leader
Staff member
Moderator
#8
Autofills are from the early AM or o/n logistics process in your store, so they should have been pulled and worked long before scanning even took place! Then you need to keep up with outs and research batches since they are next in line and then CAFs after that! Some stores however, will have their leaders make the decision to just ignore the research and go to the CAFs if the research was already late (better to at least have one green timeliness % versus none at all)
 
#9
auto fills are usually done and finished by overnight usually around 6am at my store. Although overnight likes leaving 1 or 2 batches which of course is on the steel side. We usually let them fall into the 12pm cafs. The in stocks team shoots research until 11 am which is when the cafs drop. Our old team lead for the back didnt care which was done first but now our new team lead made a schedule so everything gets done and its always the same routine everyday.
 
#10
Question for someone in the know - Which SHOULD be a higher priority for the backroom to pull - outs/research or Autofill/CAF? I know what I think, but I'd like to get a definitive answer on Best Practice and, if possible, where that info is written.
If your store is like mine, which is a six am store, indeed sometimes research pulls will overlap with autofills cafs......say backroom and instocks both start at six am. By six thirty or so, some research pulls will have dropped in the gun, and best practice would be have a team member moniter research pulls and pull them as they appear. There is a time limit of one hour, and your store is scored on the quickness they are pulled. There may also be times were the instocks team stopped scanning at eleven and for some reason the research pulls don't drop til 11:30/11:45. Well if a backroom team member starts pulling 12:00 pulls and there are still research pulls, I think the priority should be research pulls first, and then try to get the 12:00 o'clocks done within the hour. There should be enough staffing still that this can be accomplished.
 
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Ludwig3

Guest
#11
If you run 3 guys like we normally do, it becomes near impossible to get Autofills > Case Stock > Backstock > Research/PTM > CAFS all done everyday. We've actually stop doing research for the most part until seasonal blows over. We will shoot EXF's if something is out, instocks will help push those. As far as entire store scanning goes, insanely stupid to even try.
 
#12
If you run 3 guys like we normally do, it becomes near impossible to get Autofills > Case Stock > Backstock > Research/PTM > CAFS all done everyday. We've actually stop doing research for the most part until seasonal blows over. We will shoot EXF's if something is out, instocks will help push those. As far as entire store scanning goes, insanely stupid to even try.
Again, my question is not whether or not to scan outs or research. There is a best practice regarding this - which my store (usually) follows. My question is for the days when outs and research have been scanned after the a.m. autofills and freight are pushed and the research area backstocking has been completed. I know that there is a one hour time frame to complete the pulls. Again, that is not the question. What is BP regarding which type of pull takes priority? Scans are supposed to stop at 11. CAFs drop at 11. Dilemma or not?
 
#17
This is kind of a trick question. The best practice referenced here is in regards to the proper sequencing of logistics processes. Each previous step should be completed 100 percent before the next step in the process; if everyone is following best practice you would never have to choose which pull to do first. (scan by 11 rule is a contradiction in best practice however, since the batch will obviously drop after 11am).

The question now becomes, "Pulling which batch first is the better business decision, given that best practice has already been violated?" and the answer is without a doubt to pull the research/outs first. pulling outs/research should take priority over all.
 
#18
This is kind of a trick question. The best practice referenced here is in regards to the proper sequencing of logistics processes. Each previous step should be completed 100 percent before the next step in the process; if everyone is following best practice you would never have to choose which pull to do first. (scan by 11 rule is a contradiction in best practice however, since the batch will obviously drop after 11am).

The question now becomes, "Pulling which batch first is the better business decision, given that best practice has already been violated?" and the answer is without a doubt to pull the research/outs first. pulling outs/research should take priority over all.
Bingo!
 
#19
This is kind of a trick question. The best practice referenced here is in regards to the proper sequencing of logistics processes. Each previous step should be completed 100 percent before the next step in the process; if everyone is following best practice you would never have to choose which pull to do first. (scan by 11 rule is a contradiction in best practice however, since the batch will obviously drop after 11am).

The question now becomes, "Pulling which batch first is the better business decision, given that best practice has already been violated?" and the answer is without a doubt to pull the research/outs first. pulling outs/research should take priority over all.
I'm with you on this completely. I have always thought it strange that we stop scans at 11 which is when our CAFs drop. Any word on how the pilot that has changed scans to later in the day is working out?
 
#20
yeah if you scan research after 11 it will start messing up and showing up in the cafs and doing all kinds of weird stuff like if you backstock something it will show up in a caf every hour. My guess is target went with the lowest bid when looking for a programmer. Oh well you get what you pay for!!!
 
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