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How To Pack Out Products On A Shelf

The purpose of this article is to explain the various packing options you have when unpacking and positioning products on a shelf and also includes a section on how to set the number of product facings.

Applicable Products: DotActiv Free, DotActiv Lite, DotActiv Pro,
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Pack Left or Pack Right

The ‘Pack Left’ option will pack all the items to the left side of the shelf. You can set the shelf to ‘Pack Left’ before it has any products on it to ensure that the products pack left when adding it to the shelf.

Please note that the shelf can also be set to ‘Pack Left’ if the existing products on the shelf are not merchandised as such.

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Similar to the ‘Pack Left’ option, the ‘Pack Right’’ option will pack all the items to the right side of the shelf. You can also set the shelf to ‘Pack Right’ before it has any products on it to ensure that the products pack right when adding it to the shelf.

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Pack Evenly vs Pack Evenly (Facings)

‘Pack Evenly’ refers to products being spread evenly across a shelf, where separate SKUs with multiple facings are grouped together respectively and then spread evenly across the shelf (see the example directly below on the left). 

In contrast, ‘Pack Evenly (Facings)’ refers to all products (regardless of their number of facings) being spread evenly across the shelf (see the example directly below on the right).

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Please note that SKU stands for Stock Keeping Unit and refers to a single product with a unique scanner code.

Take note of the example below, where the ‘Pack Evenly’ option can also be applied to a shelf that only has one SKU with multiple facings (see image on the left). The trick, in this case, is to add the product to the shelf multiple times and increase the facings of each to how you want to group them (as opposed to adding the product to the shelf once and then increasing the number of facings).

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Pack Manually

The ‘Pack Manually’ option will pack all the items exactly where you place it on the shelf (see the image below). This option is also useful if you want to stack different items on top of each other (although this is not recommended).

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How To Set The Number Of Product Facings

When packing your products on a shelf you can set the number of front facings of the product in different ways. 

Increase or decrease facings by selecting the product on your planogram and use the red arrows in the toolbar to increase or decrease the number of facings of the selected product. Please see the GIF below on how to do this. 

Another way to set the number of product facings is to double click on a product to open the ‘Product Properties’ window. Navigate to the ‘Product Attributes’ tab in the left-hand pane. Here you will be able to set various specifications relating to the facings of that product, as seen in the GIF below. 

A shortcut to set a number of front facings of a product is to select the product on your planogram then press the number key of the front facings that you want to set. This will increase or decrease the number of x facings accordingly. 

Stacking a product above or below a front-facing product in a different orientation refers to a product cap. This way of shelf packing carries benefits such as an increased days of supply and better optimization of the available shelf space. To learn more about product caps, their benefits, and how to set them up. Refer to this article linked here.

Should the above steps not work for you, please create a support ticket. DotActiv support will assist you in uncovering the issue.

Updated on September 16, 2020

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