With over 50% of running costs residing in the pick function of a warehouse, having an appropriate pick strategy will ensure faster deliveries, fewer errors and ultimately more satisfied customers.
imio-WMS-Pick provides a best in practice pick strategy to meet your business needs. Whether you want to consolidate orders by customer for example, or release orders based on selected demand via wave picking, we can help you to determine the best pick strategy for your business.
From route optimisation, product prioritisation, RF picking, voice picking, pick to light, routing, interfaces to carousels and error handling, we will help you ensure that orders are dealt with in the more efficient and appropriate manner.
Imio-WMS-Pick has all the tools and applications to help determine your pick strategy and will integrate seamlessly with your chosen pick method and equipment to offer:
Small inefficiencies can create huge lags in the productivity of your warehouse. Choosing the right order picking strategy will be totally dependent on your business needs. imio Software Solutions can help you determine which strategies will be most appropriate for your warehouse and product. On this page you will find a brief overview some of the most common high-level strategies used in retail warehouses.
This is the most simplified and common picking process. The emphasis is on one order-picker, picks one order at a time.
Batch picking is again a very simple process, yet much more efficient than single order picking as long as you have optimised your warehouse into clearly labelled areas and efficiently arranged it to reduce walking time. Each picker is given a catch of multiple orders, they move into the warehouse and pick all these orders in one go. Return to the packing desk and repeat the process.
This strategy is for businesses where the order picking systems are more advanced. Order pickers are assigned a specific and physically defined zone in the pick area. The picker will be responsible for picking all the SKUs located in a specific zone for each order. In the event an order requires items located in multiple zones, the order will pass through each zone once it is filled.
Similar to Zone Picking, except that all zones are picked at the same time. All pickers are given their own specified zones to pick from, however the main difference is the scheduling window. Orders are picked at specific times of the day, which is usually done to coordinate or maximise the picking and shipping operations.
This strategy involves picking multiple orders containers at one time into distinct totes or carts. Cluster Picking is location driven and the product may be picked to satisfy multiple orders.
With so many advances in technology, deciding on the picking method to help you implement your strategy can be a minefield. Depending on your order volumes, there will be certain solutions that optimise your warehouse operations. If you’re looking for automated picking technologies then our sister company, Conveyor Networks can provide you with the more appropriate solution.