How to Speed up the Picking Process for Fulfillment Optimization.

How to Speed up the Picking Process for Fulfillment Optimization.

22nd July 2016

Effective Organization

You can quickly improve operations by placing faster moving items in a location that shortens the pick time. Consider all aspects of this: walking distance, appropriate height for products and pickers, the headcount at particular places within your warehouse. Warehouse organization can be timely and reorganizing an entire warehouse in time for peak trading may not be feasible. However, giving some attention to the fast moving items can have a significant positive impact this season.

Kitting and Assembly
Time is money. Assembling kits and bundles well in advance of picking is more efficient. It can also be time-effective to make more kits than you think you will need, especially if you have the right tools to analyze demand. Properly stocking kitted items will also reduce employee stress while increasing customer satisfaction with quicker delivery response time.

Sorting & Batching
This low-cost method can instantly reduce pick time and increase productivity. Sorting and batching can be based on:

  • SKU
  • Product line
  • Zone
  • Line item(s)
  • Transaction
  • Number units per order

If employing new temp staff for the seasonal period, consider sorting orders by number of line items or SKUs to pick. Utilize your staff well, by having those that are more experienced work the more difficult orders containing larger quantity line items. 

Pairing
Pairing is another simple, cost-effective way to improve the picking process. Evaluate your products and pair together SKUs that more often than not get bought with another product. These little time savers all add up! If your software allows it, consider staging common items in multiple bins strategically placed throughout the warehouse. If your software does not support this, let’s talk.

A flexible Warehouse Management System can make all the difference in streamlining your order fulfillment processes. If you feel your warehouse operations could use some TLC, contact us for a friendly, no pressure conversation.

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