Goods-to-Person: Picking Strategies – Bet You Can’t Pick Just One
By Chris Castaldi, Director of Business Development, W&H Systems
Bottlenecks in the DC driving you to drink? Believe me, it’s not making your workers any happier either, and it’s doing a number on your productivity levels, too. Negotiating clogged aisles and congested pick zones is terribly frustrating – and adding more labor as a stopgap measure actually makes it worse, choking up the process even more. So how do you unkink the works and get warehouse traffic flowing smoothly again?
Instead of sending persons-to-the-goods, use automation to take the goods to the person. By eliminating packer travel, appropriate goods-to-person systems increase productivity, improve order accuracy and quality, and enhance ergonomics and efficiency.
While that sounds like a simple, obvious solution, in practice it’s much more complex, of course. From fairly straightforward systems equipped with carousels to comprehensive robotic racking systems, and everything in between, goods-to-person systems require careful design, advanced optimization software and a smart WCS as traffic cop. Other picking technologies, such as pick-to-light or voice-directed picking, are often incorporated, as well, to streamline the workflow.
Implementing a goods-to-person solution takes a significant investment but typically delivers strong ROI. A well planned, highly efficient goods-to-person solution jumpstarts efficiency and drives productivity.
That’s the key to getting orders picked, packed, shipped and on the road to your customers.
W&H Systems delivers Goods-to-Person fulfillment solutions that improve labor productivity and increase picking accuracy. Goods-to-Person fulfillment systems incorporate state-of-the-art picking solutions, conveyors, and other material handling automation. Contact W&H Systems for all your Goods-to-Person fulfillment needs.
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