outbound

How do you pick your customer orders?

How do you pick your customer orders?

Arguably the most important function of any warehouse is fast and accurate picking of customer orders and where we’ve been asked to deploy the most automation. Here’s my take on some of the more popular picking practices used today and the technologies used in each of those pick methods.

1. Order Picking

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

How and When to Label Your Outbound Goods (BONUS: Best Practices for Labeling in your Outbound Process Area)

Most often people think of labeling involving only finished goods – product that is going out the door to your customer or if you’re a master distributor, your customer’s customer. However, we are going to expand this topic by including work in progress goods that are going to a third party for some work that you can’t do in-house and means this product will come back to you for further work or just warehousing. 

For all outbound labels the key considerations can be boiled down to what needs to go on the label to satisfy:

Inventory Best Practises for Shipping

As the economy improves and more shopping moves through the internet, companies are seeing an increase in shipping volumes and are looking to scale their operations. However many shipping processes in warehouses today are manually based and will result in a disproportionate cost increase if shipping operations are merely expanded based on current businesses practices.