Streamline the picking process reduce order pick time:
- Place most frequently picked items closest to the shipping areas. Also, consider the frequency of orders, rather than the overall amount of products. You should also review sales data constantly to ensure that the items are stored closest to the shipping area are still the most frequently picked.
- Locate the highest-demand items within each storage area on the most convenient storage space (for example floor level for pallets in racks and between waist and shoulder level for bins in racks).
- Consider the difficulty of retrieval for workers and shorten it as much as possible.
Implement efficient dock management practices:
- Dock space is some of the most critical space in the warehouse.
- All material must flow in and out of your docks, and they are limited in number (and not readily added to).
- Space on inside and outside of docks is some of the busiest in warehouse.
- Receiving dock becomes a choke point in the supply chain.
- Docks in today’s warehouses must be more flexible and must support a variety of receipts that are coming in at a faster rate and in greater frequency.
Add automation wisely
- Use forklifts that enable workers to move pallets and larger items.
- Make the most of conveyor belts, sorters, and automated packing stations. These tools not only improve efficiency, but they also increase speed and ensure picking accuracy.
- Be careful not to overdo it with technology. Once put in place these expensive automation systems typically cannot be easily upgraded and changed.
Maximize vertical space
- Take advantage of every inch of available space (floor to ceiling
- Pallet racking leads to safer working conditions as well as increased efficiency.
Implement Warehouse Management Software (WMS) to sequence orders and organize the workflow inside the warehouse:
- Organize the workflow and optimize sequence performance.
- Sequence your orders by pick path
- Batch pick single lines, same-zone orders, and difficult picks (e.g. non-conveyable items).
- To make the most of your WMS, provide your workers with hand-held RF readers telling them what and how many
- to pick at each location.
Implement pick-to-light systems:
- The operator scans the bar-coded label attached to a box.
- Systems inform the operator of the item and quantity they need to pick.
- These systems work best for your top 5% to 20% products.
- The system informs the operator of pick instructions through a headset.
- Enables workers to pick orders without looking at a computer screen or paper pick tickets.
- Warehouses have adopted voice-based picking to complement the pick-to-light systems (for fastest moving products).
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