Pick and pack labor as well as transportation are the most expensive pieces of the warehouse business. Travel time from one bin to the next is the costliest aspect of the process. Choosing the correct manner to pick and pack will optimize the process. There are three size orders to consider when choosing between batch order and serial ordering.
For those who do not know what pick and pack is: “Pick and pack is part of a complete supply chain management process that is commonly used in the retail distribution of goods. It entails processing small to large quantities of product, often truck or train loads and disassembling them, picking the relevant product for each destination and re-packaging with shipping label affixed and invoice included. Usual service includes obtaining a fair rate of shipping from common as well as expediting truck carriers.”
The most steadfast rule in pick and pack ordering is to batch single-line orders. A handful of single-line orders can be gathered from the same spot and are easy to manage. No sortation is required.
With pick and pack orders, it is best to not to batch very large orders. Ideally the large orders would be complex enough that travel time from SKU to SKU becomes irrelevant. Batching large orders can be confusing, time consuming and lead to errors.
The greatest challenge is deciding whether to batch or serial pick medium size orders. The best way to determine the best picking process for medium size orders is to add the cost of the work to separate the order to the cost of the additional space required to batch pick the ticket. Batch ordering should be used when that number is determined is to be less than the extra walking time incurred during serial ordering.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing About Us webpage.
Pick and pack (Wikipedia) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pick_and_pack