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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.
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.