imio-WMS-Pick

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:

  • Real-time inventory management
  • Identification of pick lists
  • Order tracking
  • Mobility of data – available anywhere at any time
  • Maximise utilisation of warehouse space

Improve your picking productivity:

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.

Our picking solutions are designed specifically to help you perform more accurate picking and product replenishment. Find out more about how our comprehensive Warehouse Management Software (imio-WMS) will help your business meet the demands of a modern warehouse.

Single Order Picking

This is the most simplified and common picking process. The emphasis is on one order-picker, picks one order at a time.

Pros & Cons
  • Pros

    • Ideal for paper based picking
    • Offers simplicity
    • Provides fast response time for order fulfilment
    • Easily track order picker accuracy

  • Cons

    • Least efficient strategy
    • Requires significant amount of travel time
    • Inefficient for businesses that ship more than 20 orders per day

Batch Picking

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.

Pros & Cons
  • Pros

    • High number of orders with single or low number of products
    • Reduced travel time
    • Increases productivity

  • Cons

    • Avoid if you have a high number of products per order

Zone Picking

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.

Pros & Cons
  • Pros

    • Great for preventing multiple pickers getting in each other’s way
    • High volume of multiple item orders

  • Cons

    • Can create a slight delay in shipping as each order needs to pass through multiple zones
    • Avoid if you ship single or low item orders
    • Avoid if you have very few pickers

Wave Picking

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.

Pros & Cons
  • Pros

    • High volume of multiple item orders
    • Retailers that want to maintain a super-fast process
    • No shipping delays

  • Cons

    • Increased staff costs
    • Avoid if you ship single or low item orders
    • Avoid if you have very few pickers
    • Or the cost is more important that speed of dispatch

Cluster Picking

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.

Pros & Cons
  • Pros

    • High volume of multiple item orders
    • Retailers that want to maintain a super-fast process

  • Cons

    • Increased staff costs
    • Avoid if you ship single or low item orders
    • Avoid if you have very few pickers

Picking Technologies

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.

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