The picking systems that are used in your company will affect how much money is made, because it has a dramatic impact on how quickly employees can get things done. You need to have a system that is fast and efficient, so that there are no mistakes and so that the orders can be picked from the shelves as quickly as possible. There is a human element to this, of course; if employees make mistakes, even the ideal system will not keep them from wasting time. However, the better the system is, the faster it will typically work.
Companies who have products that change in size or alter the location where the products have to be delivered throughout the building will benefit from using shelf beds for their carton picking. To easily define the lanes for products, in feed guides are used. The in feed guides are easy to install and will snap in place wherever they are needed to establish a lane. The position of your products can be adjusted by the in feed guides. The plastic wheel rail and the length of the panels of the shelf bed are the same, which makes it easy for the drop-in shelves to be installed.
To start with, make sure that all of the products that will be pulled are in the right places. Check periodically to make sure that no mistakes have been made in this regard. This can be done through inventory or as a quality assurance task. All of the different sections should be clearly marked so that those who are order picking know what to look for as they move from one place to the next.
Make sure that certain shelves are designated to certain types of products. Assume that most customers will order related products from your company. Perhaps you have warehouse storage full of books and children’s toys. People who purchase books for their college classes are probably not going to buy toys as well. You can increase the speed with which orders are pulled if all of the toys on one set of shelves and all of the books on the other. This way, employees only have to go to one place in most cases, rather than being forced to run back and forth to find related items for order picking.
Design an effective way for the items that have been picked to be transferred to the order fulfillment stations. If all of these places are using modular workstations, connect the stations with gravity conveyors. This keeps the employees from having to physically move between the stations. After they have verified an order, they can send it on to the fulfillment station and start working on the next order.
To have an effective operation, focus on keeping everything in order when setting up the picking system. This starts with the shelves and the products that they contain. It is also important when looking at conveyors and workstations. Each station should be logically connected to the next station in line so that products can flow through the warehouse efficiently.