The biggest challenge in the picking process is streamlining the movement of order pickers as they move through the warehouse to fulfill the largest number of orders in the shortest period of time. There are several picking strategies, and the four most common include piece picking, batch picking, zone picking, and wave picking. To start, you’ll want to find out where the majority of labor time is being spent.
But mixing multiple SKUs in the same bin or sub-location will:
⚈ Waste time
⚈ Cause massive confusion
Choosing the appropriate method will depend on several factors.
⚈ Your company’s operation type
⚈ Specifications of the products
⚈ Number of orders and transactions handled
⚈ Number of picks on a given order
⚈ Number of picks from a given SKU
⚈ The use of case pick, piece pick, and full-pallet loading
Depending on these factors, you may need to employ a combination of the available order picking methods.
Order picking is an essential part of your business and its importance only grows as you get more customers. You need to improve on efficiency and accuracy while reducing picking times. You need to choose the correct picking methods as well as follow the best order picking practices.
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