Float is the term used to indicate an item that does not belong to a specific branch but can be shelved at any of a number of different branches.

If a float code is listed for an item (the item can be said to be floating), then it must be distributed to all of the branches that belong to the associated float group. If no float code is listed for the item, then it has a fixed relationship to a specific branch.

A branch participates in float via its membership in one or more float groups. If a branch is not associated with any float groups it will only be assigned items which have a fixed relationship to the branch. This is controlled through the branch’s float configuration.

Note, it does not make a lot of sense to include a media hotel in a float group since a media hotel does not have an inherent “need” for items. Items are sent to a media hotel either based on rules for the item or because there is no space at the ordinary branches (read more about the intelligent distribution algorithm).

The branches’ float configuration is also used to manage automatic department change for floating items. However, this is not a mandatory prerequisite in order to use the basic principles behind float.