Wholesale & Distribution International - Spring 2017 - 10
THE RIGHT PICK
WHICH PICKING SYSTEM IS RIGHT FOR YOUR DIGITAL ORDER PROFILE?
BY RICHARD BARNES
As consumer product companies go digital with orders coming from a growing list of omnichannel
sources, order profiles are
evolving rapidly. These
profiles are often reduced
to just a few items per order.
To meet these changing de-
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mands, digital distribution
centers are reviewing their
picking methodologies to
improve efficiency and to
quickly get orders on their
way to the customer.
Many order picking processes can be
deployed in a digital distribution environment. These processes can be divided
into four major picking categories: discrete order, cluster, zone and batch picking. Choosing the correct picking strategy for your digital distribution center
depends on a variety of factors, including
order sizes, warehouse sizes and business
needs. By taking into consideration the
advantages, disadvantages and best practices for each option, your organization
can ensure its picking system meets the
demands of your digital order profiles.