Order picking is one of those vital areas in a warehouse that can really make or break your operation. The importance of picking will greatly affect your bottom line. That’s because the faster you can pick orders, the more orders you can fulfill in a day, so the more merchandise you sell, and the happier your customers are, and on and on and on. Our warehouse consultants know that a successful warehouse will always have successful order picking.
How is Your Order Picking Measuring Up?
If your order picking isn’t where you’d like it to be, there are a number of things you can do to try to make it more efficient.
Automate more of the process.
The more you automate, the less you have to depend on human labor. Human labor leaves room for more mistakes, sick days, and simple human error that can slow down the order picking process and put you behind. Replacing parts of the picking process with automation can greatly increase efficiency and speed.
Move products around in the warehouse.
It’s worth looking at where products are placed in your warehouse to see if you can eliminate unnecessary steps when picking an order. For instance, if you know that two products are often ordered together, you’ll want to place those products near each other on warehouse shelves. That way orders with those items can be completed much quicker.
Use a different picking system.
Not all picking systems are made the equal, and what’s right for one warehouse might not be right for yours. It might not even be the right system six months from now. Learn about different picking methods, their pros and cons, and why they might (or might not!) be the right choice for your warehouse.
We Can Help You Find the Right Warehouse Solutions
Our warehouse consultants have worked with hundreds of businesses around the country, helping them optimize their order picking process. We can do it for you, too. We have a team of people who are passionate about helping you find the right warehouse solutions to increase both your profits and your efficiency. We can help you analyze your space, your processes, and your people to find ways to optimize and eliminate waste. If you are ready to speed up your picking process and see more orders going out the door every day, it’s time to contact our team. Fill out the form below and a member of the DAK Equipment & Engineering team will contact you shortly!