Increase Warehouse Productivity by Improving Order Picking
May 23, 2011
If you are looking at ways to improve your warehouse performance/productivity, take a look at your order picking process. The greatest expenditure of effort in warehouses (for retail and many industries) is in the ordering picking process. Chances are you can do a better job managing your staff and your product to increase efficiencies in this area. Below are suggested areas of improvement.
Warehouse Layout: Store the most frequently picked items closest to the shipping areas to minimize picking time. You can increase your competitive advantage this way by constantly reviewing their sales data to ensure that the items are stored close to the shipping area are still the most frequently picked.
Location: Minimize travel time between picking locations by developing a process to regularly monitor travel times and storage locations.
Eliminate Pick Ticket Errors: A rather expensive options for maximizing warehouse production is adding pick-to-light and voice recognition technologies. Operators can scan a bar-coded label attached to the product and be digitally informed of the item and quantity that they need to pick. Voice picking systems inform the operator of pick instructions through a headset. The pick instructions are sent via RF from the company's ERP or order management software without the need of a computer screen. Companies can gain significant efficiencies as both options are totally paperless and eliminate the errors caused by pick tickets.
If you need help improving your warehouse productivity, contact our team at Russell Industries and we can advise you on warehouse best practices. We've been managing projects with one section of shelving to 1 million + sq. ft. facilities since 1971. With customers like material handling manufacturers, third party logistics companies and distribution centers our crews are capable of installing anything.
Contact us today for more information. Our turn-key services offers a full service project managing system from start to finish so that you can continue doing the things you do best, your business!
References: Martin Murray, Logistics / Supply Chain Guide