Item RMS
Covering every return for guaranteed satisfaction.
UX Designer
4 weeks
App Design
View in Figma
In the dynamic landscape of supply chain management, the efficient handling of returns and reverse logistics is pivotal to ensuring seamless operations and customer satisfaction. Item RMS is a comprehensive platform designed to streamline critical tasks, including inbound and outbound movement, on-site recovery, inventory control and return management. This case study delves into the meticulous process of building this essential tool from conception to delivery.
The Business Objective
Build the first iteration of the Item RMS app, focusing on establishing a product that caters to both businesses and individual users in the field of reverse logistics.
The Design Challenge
How can we distill complex return management tasks into an intuitive user experience, all while accommodating the constraints of a mobile display?
The Goal + Vision
Ideate, design, and develop a simple yet highly effective mobile-first product that guides users through various return management tasks with clarity and efficiency in mind.
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
User Research & Interviews
Design Ideation & Exploration
User Testing & Iterations
Hi-fi Mockups & User Journey Development
Developer Hand-off
Before the Design
A user-centric foundation.
Key Findings
Warehouses rely on efficient data entry.
Manual data entry and tracking of returned items frequently result in errors and time delays, highlighting the need for a more efficient, automated solution to streamline reverse logistics processes.
User need intuitive systems.
Existing systems are often cumbersome and difficult to navigate, causing frustration and slowing down workflows. There is a clear need for a simplified, user-friendly interface to enhance usability, especially during peak times.
Businesses need real-time information.
The absence of real-time updates on inventory status and return processing creates bottlenecks and miscommunications. Providing real-time data is essential for maintaining accurate stock levels and return statuses.
Users need mobile accessibility.
Warehouse workers frequently need to move around, and the lack of a mobile-friendly solution reduces their flexibility and productivity. A mobile-accessible system is crucial to support their dynamic work environment.
Item RMS
Secure every return. With confidence.
00 Home
An overview of everything that matters.
The dashboard presents key data and metrics that helps users navigate their workday with ease at any point. Widgets allow the user to customize the main screen to fit their roles' specific needs.
Item RMS features a well-equipped dashboard that provides users with key insights, metrics, data, and most importantly, tasks.
The main hub features widgets that help users customize their workspace to match their exact needs.
01 inbound tasks
Navigating inbound excellence.
In the realm of inbound operations, Item RMS offers streamlined solutions with the Visual Screening and Dock Receipt features, ensuring efficiency and precision in return management.
Visual Screening
The Visual Screening task in Item RMS allows users to efficiently inspect incoming packages. It enables easy lookup of orders/RMAs and guides users through a structured process of documenting package condition and item details.
Dock Receipt
The Dock Receipt feature in Item RMS enables users to create or look up dock receipts quickly. Users can input essential details and attach media for comprehensive visibility into every inbound return, streamlining the process with simplicity and efficiency.
Inbound Shipments
Streamline the process of receiving and documenting shipments, ensuring accurate inventory management and seamless integration into warehouse operations.
Scan Transfer In
Easily scan items to initiate transfer processes, facilitating smooth movement of inventory within the system and enhancing control over warehouse operations.
02 OUTBOUND tasks
A redefined outbound process.
Explore how Item RMS optimizes outbound operations with seamless restocking solutions, both physically and systematically.
Restock by Traveler ID
Streamline the process by easily identifying and restocking items associated with specific Traveler IDs, ensuring accuracy and efficiency in outbound operations.
Restock by LP
Easily locate and replenish returned items using LP (License Plate) numbers, facilitating smooth and systematic restocking processes for enhanced warehouse management.
Outbound Shipments
Ease the process of preparing and documenting shipments for delivery, optimizing efficiency and accuracy in fulfilling return and replacement orders.
Scan Transfer Out
Scan items to initiate outbound transfer processes, enabling swift and accurate movement of inventory within the system for timely fulfillment of orders.
03 Traveler ID
Optimizing inventory movements.
Item RMS offers versatility and functionality with streamlined inventory management and MRP system management flows.
Traveler ID Inquiry
Efficiently manage returned items by scanning Traveler IDs and accessing comprehensive details and actions in the Traveler ID Inquiry flow of Item RMS.
Label Print
Navigate through a printing-focused interface to generate serial number labels, LP labels, item labels, and more, ensuring accurate outbound operations.
04 On-Site Recovery
Accurate rework flows for proper return management.
Efficiently manage on-site recovery processes with the Rework flow in Item RMS.
On-Site Recovery
By scanning receipt locators and attaching rework types and steps to items, users can easily perform actions such as passing or failing items, followed by LP movement, optimizing on-site recovery operations with ease.
05 Inventory Control
Mastering inventory control.
Explore the core tasks of inventory control within Item RMS, designed to ensure precise management and movement of inventory, both physically and digitally.
Create New Task
Initiate new inventory control tasks to streamline the process of adding new tasks to the system, ensuring accurate and comprehensive inventory management.
Movement Task
Easily track and execute movements of inventory items within the system, promoting efficiency and accuracy in inventory control processes.
Multi-Inquiry Availability
Gain comprehensive insights into inventory status with the Inquiry feature in Item RMS. Whether by location, LP, or item, easily access detailed information about inventory items, empowering users to make informed decisions and optimize inventory control strategies.
06 return management
Intuitive return management flows.
Uncover the tools designed to optimize reverse movements and provide users with unprecedented command over item returns.
RMA - Return Merchandise Authorization
Authorize and document returns with accurate tracking and resolution of customer inquiries for enhanced satisfaction.
Action List
Return management within Item RMS encompasses a suite of features designed to streamline the processing of returned items. From generating labels and making disposition decisions to updating statuses and capturing visual documentation, these features offer comprehensive control over the return process.
Building a tool that brings success.
For the business. And the user.
What's next?
Item RMS was developed with the user in mind in every step. As the app is used through hundreds of warehouses nationwide, users may encounter flaws or pain points we may have not been able to foresee. Moving forward, we will gather user insights and continue to conduct market research to continue improving this revolutionary RMS tool.
Key Takeaways
Efficiency Through Intuitive Flows
The project underscores the significance of intuitive user flows in enhancing user experience and operational efficiency. By prioritizing simplicity and clarity in design, the system facilitates seamless navigation and task completion, ultimately boosting productivity.
User-Centric Design Insights
Deep insights into user needs and workflows prove invaluable in crafting effective solutions. Understanding the daily work schedule and pain points of warehouse and logistics professionals informs the design process, ensuring that the design aligns closely with user expectations.
Balanced Communication During Hand-Off
Effective communication with developers during the hand-off phase is crucial for successful implementation. Striking a balance between conveying design intent and accommodating technical considerations fosters collaboration and ensures smooth execution, minimizing friction and maximizing the impact of the design solution.
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