Order picking is one of the most important processes in warehouse operations. This is because order picking can contribute almost 40 % to 50 % of operation cost incurred by the warehouse in comparison to receiving, storage and shipping processes. Also, order picking has a direct relation to customer satisfaction. The more efficient you’re picking process – the more orders you can process at any given time.
What is Order Picking?
Order picking is the process of retrieving an SKU from a storage location and transporting the SKU to the packing or dispatch area. Orders are picked up, based on manual picking instructions or instructions generated by a WMS.
A WMS can generate the pick list based on different methodologies. These methodologies are chosen based on the size of the warehouse, the number of different types of SKU’s handled by the warehouse and order volumes.