Assignments

An assignment is a label on an item that indicates that the item must be sent to a specific place.

An assignment on an item is used to indicate the item’s designated destination.
An item that has been assigned to a general lending branch is in fact assigned to the specific item grouping to which the item belongs in that branch. This is important in relation to intelligent distribution algorithm calculations since the width of the assigned item must be included in calculations of the stock of an item grouping. The space assumed by the assigned item is deducted from the available capacity of the item grouping in order for subsequent assignments to take into account that an item is en route to the item grouping.
Items assigned to a media hotel are included in any calculations of the overall stock of the media hotel to prevent the media hotel from exceeding its capacity.

Please note: The quantity of assigned items (items “en route”) is only included in the figures for the stock of the item grouping when explicitly indicated in the reports.

An item assignment is automatically deleted in the following situations:


Assignment types

There are several different types of assignments, which come from different places and behave slightly differently. The following assignment types are found in IMMS:

The various assignment types are described in the following subsection.

Please note: Assignments are created by the intelligent distribution algorithm and are registered for an item as described in "Registering items as assigned” - with the exceptions described.

Intelligent distribution algorithm, indirect

When the intelligent distribution algorithm has assigned an item to a branch and there is no direct route to the branch from the item’s current branch, the item must be labeled with this type of assignment. When the item must be subjected to an additional sorting before arriving at the assigned branch, then the intelligent distribution algorithm is again queried and the item may be redirected to a different branch in the event circumstances have changed.

Since in this way the assignment can be revised later, the intelligent distribution algorithm does not consider the item to be en route to the item grouping when an assignment request is made for items returned locally at the branch. In this way, locally returned items can be prioritized ahead of indirectly assigned items, which if needed, may be assigned to another branch when another sort is carried out.
However, for assignment requests for items returned at other branches, the indirectly assigned items are considered to be en route to the item grouping.


Intelligent distribution algorithm, direct

When the intelligent distribution algorithm has assigned an item to a branch and there is a direct route to the branch from the item’s current branch, then the item must be labeled with this type of assignment. Since there is (unlikely) to be a subsequent sorting, where the referral may be revised, the intelligent distribution algorithm deducts the item’s width from the available capacity of the item grouping, regardless of the location where any subsequent items will be returned.

If there nonetheless is another assignment request for the item while it has been assigned using this type of assignment, then the parameter “Direct assignments are locked” determines whether a new calculation must be run or the previously calculated referral should simply be retained.


Automatic replenishment of item groupings

This type of assignment is used when the algorithm for automatic replenishment has created a replenishment order.

The item is calculated unconditionally as being en route to the item grouping and if an assignment is requested for the item, the request will be answered by the assigned branch.

Creation of this type of assignments is controlled by the parameter "Assignment on items for replenishment orders".


Automatic replenishment of exhibitions

This type of assignment is used when the algorithm for automatic exhibition replenishment has created an exhibition order.

The item is calculated unconditionally as being en route to the exhibition and if an assignment is requested for the item, the request will be answered by central sorting.


Manual assignment

This type of assignment is used when a user creates a manual move order in IMMS.

The item is calculated unconditionally as being en route to the item grouping and if an assignment is requested for the item, the request will be answered by the assigned branch.