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Overview

When an order goes to the shipping department for final delivery, Odoo is set up by default on a one-step operation: once all goods are available, they can be shipped in bulk in a single delivery order. However, that process may not reflect the reality and your company may require more steps before shipping.

With the three steps process (Pick + Pack + Ship), the items are transferred to a packing area, where they will be assembled by area of destination, and then set to outbound trucks for final delivery to the customers.

A few configuration steps are necessary in order to accomplish Pick + Pack + Ship in Odoo. These steps create some additional locations, which by default are called Output and Packing Zone. So, if your warehouse's code is WH, this configuration will create a location called WH/Output and another one called WH/Packing Zone.

Goods will move from WH/Stock to WH/Packing Zone in the first step. Then move from WH/Packing Zone to WH/Output. Then finally it will be delivered from WH/Output to its final destination.

Note

Check out :doc:`inventory_flow` to determine if this inventory flow is the correct method for your needs.

Configuration

Install the Inventory module

From the App menu, search and install the Inventory module.

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You will also need to install the Sales module to be able to issue sales orders.

Allow managing routes

Odoo configures movement of delivery orders via routes. Routes provide a mechanism to link different actions together. In this case, we will link the picking step to the shipping step.

To allow management of routes, go to :menuselection:`Configuration --> Settings`

Under :menuselection:`Location & Warehouse --> Routes`, activate the radio button Advanced routing of products using rules. Make sure that the option Manage several locations per warehouse is activated as well.

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Configure the warehouse for Pick + Pack + Ship

Go to :menuselection:`Configuration --> Warehouses` and edit the warehouse that will be used.

For outgoing shippings, set the option to Make packages into a dedicated location, bring them to the output location for shipping (Pick + Pack + Ship).

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Create a Sale Order

From the Sale module, create a sales order with some products to deliver.

Notice that we now see 3 transfers associated with this sales order in the stat button above the sales order.

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If you click the button, you should now see three different pickings:

  1. The first with a reference PICK to designate the picking process,
  2. The second one with the reference PACK that is the packing process,
  3. The last with a reference OUT to designate the shipping process.
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Process a Delivery

How to Process the Picking Step?

Ensure that you have enough product in stock and Go to Inventory and click on the Waiting link under the Pick kanban card.

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Click on the picking that you want to process.

Click on Reserve to reserve the products if they are available.

Click on Validate to complete the move from WH/Stock to WH/Packing Zone.

This has completed the picking Step and the WH/PICK should now show Done in the status column at the top of the page. The product has been moved from WH/Stock to WH/Packing Zone location, which makes the product available for the next step (Packing).

How to Process the Packing Step?

Go to Inventory and click on the # TRANSFERS link under the Pack kanban card.

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Click on the picking that you want to process.

Click on Validate to complete the move from WH/Packing Zone to WH/Output.

This has completed the packing step and the WH/PACK should now show Done in the status column at the top of the page. The product has been moved from WH/Packing Zone to WH/Output location, which makes the product available for the next step (Shipping).

How to Process the Shipping Step?

Go to Inventory and click on the # TO DO link under the Delivery Orders kanban card.

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Click on the picking that you want to process.

Click on Validate to complete the move from WH/Output to the customer (Click Apply to assign the quantities based on the quantities listed in the To Do column).

This has completed the shipping step and the WH/OUT should now show Done in the status column at the top of the page. The product has been shipped to the customer.