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## Containerization of Orders Function

Hi All,

I am requesting help to build a function that assigns SKU's within Orders to a container. Each Order uses containers of a certain size which is determined in the Max Bin Qty. SKU Qty is the number of SKU's for that Order. The function should create a running sum for each Order and as that running sum exceeds the Max Bin Qty the running sum will reset to 0 for the next container. Please assume nothing and if you find yourself needing to assume anything please reach out and confirm that assumption! Thank you so much in advance! I know this one is not a typical request and appreciate the help. I've been trying to solve this myself for the last few weeks with bad results and late nights.

 Order (Function Input) SKU ID (Function Input) SKU Qty (Function Input) Max Bin Qty (Function Input) Container # (Function Output) 1000 100 10 30 1 1000 200 20 30 1 1000 300 15 30 2 1000 400 17 30 3 2000 500 5 10 1 2000 600 4 10 1 2000 700 7 10 2 2000 800 3 10 2

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## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns ,

if my understanding is correct, you can use this function on the order-level:

``````// fnContainers
(Source, MaxBinQtyColName as text, SKUQtyColName as text ) =>
let
//Source = #"myTable (2)"{1}[Partition],
//MaxBinQtyColName = "Max Bin Qty (Function Input)",
//SKUQtyColName = "SKU Qty (Function Input)",
MaxBinQty = List.First(Table.Column(Source, MaxBinQtyColName)),
BufferedList = List.Buffer(Table.Column(Source, SKUQtyColName)),
Output = List.Skip(List.Generate( () =>
[RT = 0, Bin = 0, Counter = 0],
each [Counter] <= List.Count(BufferedList),
each [
RT = if  ( [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ) > MaxBinQty then BufferedList{[Counter]} else [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ,
Bin = if ( [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ) > MaxBinQty then [Bin] + 1 else [Bin],
Counter = [Counter] + 1
],
each [Bin] + 1

))
in
Output``````

To apply it, your code would look like so (also, see the attached file):

``````let
Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45WMjQwMFDSAVFgEkgYg1lKsTpwSSMoiVXSGKLTFCZphCxpApE0h0kagyWNkO00hdlriCwHsdIEq5w5hITJGSHLWUDchCQXCwA=", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [#"Order (Function Input)" = _t, #"SKU ID (Function Input)" = _t, #"SKU Qty (Function Input)" = _t, #"Max Bin Qty (Function Input)" = _t, #"Container # (Function Output)" = _t]),
#"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Order (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"SKU ID (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"SKU Qty (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"Max Bin Qty (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"Container # (Function Output)", Int64.Type}}),
#"Grouped Rows" = Table.Group(#"Changed Type", {"Order (Function Input)"}, {{"Partition", each _}}),
#"Invoked Custom Function" = Table.AddColumn(#"Grouped Rows", "Container", each fnContainers([Partition], "Max Bin Qty (Function Input)", "SKU Qty (Function Input)")),
"Result",
each Table.FromColumns(Table.ToColumns([Partition]) & {[Container]}, Table.ColumnNames([Partition]) & {"Container"})),
in
Custom1``````

This technique should also work fairly fast on large tables.

If you liked my solution, please give it a thumbs up. An if I did answer your question, please mark my post as a solution. Thanks!

Proud to be a Datanaut!

Imke Feldmann

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Super Contributor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns ,
Thank you for providing your sample data. Based on that data would you also posted your expected outcome?
Let me know if you have any questions.

If this solves your issues, please mark it as the solution, so that others can find it easily. Kudos 👍are nice too.
Nathaniel

Regular Visitor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

@Nathaniel_C  In the Sample Data the Headers display the columns that are input columns and what column that shows the expected outcome of the function. The function should only create 1 new column assigning a container number to each SKU within an Order.

Super Contributor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns ,
So another way to look at this would be, a running total of how many containers are needed to fill an order? We are not really assigning a container # to a SKU, because in some cases, a SKU might go into more than 1 container, correct?

Will be offline for awhile...
Nathaniel

Regular Visitor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

@Nathaniel_C  That is correct, Keeping the results at the SKU level (meaning Container # will repat itself if an Order has multiple SKU's). You will not need to break out a SKU across multiple containers. Said another way, you will not need to break a record out into 2 records to fill up 1 container and start another. If the entire SKU Qty cannot fit into the remaining capacity of a container then a new container is assigned to that SKU.

Super Contributor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns
This solution is based on your data submitted. I used your SKU ID to know my place in the table.  You may need to add an Index column in Power Query to perform that function instead.
Let me know if you have any questions.

If this solves your issues, please mark it as the solution, so that others can find it easily. Kudos 👍are nice too.
Nathaniel

``Sum of SKU QTY = SUM(myTable[SKU Qty (Function Input)])``

``````RT of SKU QTY =
VAR _SKU_ID =
MAX ( myTable[SKU ID (Function Input)] )
VAR _order =
MAX ( myTable[Order (Function Input)] )
VAR _SKU_QTY =
MAX ( myTable[SKU Qty (Function Input)] )
VAR _maxBinQty =
MAX ( myTable[Max Bin Qty (Function Input)] )
VAR _calc =
CALCULATE (
[Sum of SKU QTY],
ALLEXCEPT ( myTable, myTable[Order (Function Input)] ),
myTable[SKU ID (Function Input)] <= _SKU_ID
)
RETURN
ROUNDUP ( DIVIDE ( _calc, _maxBinQty ), 0 )``````

Regular Visitor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

@Nathaniel_C  Thank you for the quick response!

1. Can this be done as an M code function because I have multiple tables I'd like to apply this logic to then additional transformations to be completed. Completing this step in DAX will not allow me to complete these extra steps (Hence why I placed this question in the Power Query Section).

2. Using SKU ID cannot be used to keep track of where you are because SKU ID can be duplicated in multiple Orders. I've modified the example data set to show you what I mean (Both orders now have SKU's 100 and 200)

3.  Your logic does not appear to allow the logic to restart with every new order. The values being assigned to each variable span the entire data set, When they should only span the SKU's within each new Order. See in the example below how when the function gets to Order 2000 the container starts over at 1.

 Order (Function Input) SKU ID (Function Input) SKU Qty (Function Input) Max Bin Qty (Function Input) Container # (Function Output) 1000 100 10 30 1 1000 200 20 30 1 1000 300 15 30 2 1000 400 17 30 3 2000 100 5 10 1 2000 200 4 10 1 2000 700 7 10 2 2000 800 3 10 2
Super Contributor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns ,
You are welcome!

Item #3, if you look at my previous picture, it does restart for each order due to the ALLEXCEPT().
Item #2 internally for each order per your example, this will work because it checks for each order, but as I mentioned in my pm you may need to add an index column in Power Query for other data. Below is a picture with your new data showing the correct results.

#1 I would like to suggest that you mention you would like this in m language in the future in any post.  Folks post their questions all over this board. In any case perhaps we can ask @ImkeF the magician of m if this can be done in m.

Here is my pbix for this post

Let me know if you have any questions.

If this solves your issues, please mark it as the solution, so that others can find it easily. Kudos 👍are nice too.
Nathaniel

Item #1,

New Contributor

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hello

i have to write this to prevent somebody other again loosing time

this is again going to be ridiculous.

I tried to help to the same topic, lost time after time to only understand at the end that some "minor" issues were not mentioned.

I made the same proposal as @Nathaniel_C, and neither works.

So if somebody will help here, consider, that this was already treated in very detail within here link

Good luck to whom that still is willing to help

@kycanns- please, don't opend a topic twice.

Bye

Jimmy

Super User

## Re: Containerization of Orders Function

Hi @kycanns ,

if my understanding is correct, you can use this function on the order-level:

``````// fnContainers
(Source, MaxBinQtyColName as text, SKUQtyColName as text ) =>
let
//Source = #"myTable (2)"{1}[Partition],
//MaxBinQtyColName = "Max Bin Qty (Function Input)",
//SKUQtyColName = "SKU Qty (Function Input)",
MaxBinQty = List.First(Table.Column(Source, MaxBinQtyColName)),
BufferedList = List.Buffer(Table.Column(Source, SKUQtyColName)),
Output = List.Skip(List.Generate( () =>
[RT = 0, Bin = 0, Counter = 0],
each [Counter] <= List.Count(BufferedList),
each [
RT = if  ( [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ) > MaxBinQty then BufferedList{[Counter]} else [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ,
Bin = if ( [RT] + BufferedList{[Counter]} ) > MaxBinQty then [Bin] + 1 else [Bin],
Counter = [Counter] + 1
],
each [Bin] + 1

))
in
Output``````

To apply it, your code would look like so (also, see the attached file):

``````let
Source = Table.FromRows(Json.Document(Binary.Decompress(Binary.FromText("i45WMjQwMFDSAVFgEkgYg1lKsTpwSSMoiVXSGKLTFCZphCxpApE0h0kagyWNkO00hdlriCwHsdIEq5w5hITJGSHLWUDchCQXCwA=", BinaryEncoding.Base64), Compression.Deflate)), let _t = ((type text) meta [Serialized.Text = true]) in type table [#"Order (Function Input)" = _t, #"SKU ID (Function Input)" = _t, #"SKU Qty (Function Input)" = _t, #"Max Bin Qty (Function Input)" = _t, #"Container # (Function Output)" = _t]),
#"Changed Type" = Table.TransformColumnTypes(Source,{{"Order (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"SKU ID (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"SKU Qty (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"Max Bin Qty (Function Input)", Int64.Type}, {"Container # (Function Output)", Int64.Type}}),
#"Grouped Rows" = Table.Group(#"Changed Type", {"Order (Function Input)"}, {{"Partition", each _}}),
#"Invoked Custom Function" = Table.AddColumn(#"Grouped Rows", "Container", each fnContainers([Partition], "Max Bin Qty (Function Input)", "SKU Qty (Function Input)")),
"Result",
each Table.FromColumns(Table.ToColumns([Partition]) & {[Container]}, Table.ColumnNames([Partition]) & {"Container"})),
in
Custom1``````

This technique should also work fairly fast on large tables.

If you liked my solution, please give it a thumbs up. An if I did answer your question, please mark my post as a solution. Thanks!

Proud to be a Datanaut!

Imke Feldmann

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