How to Optimise your Pick & Pack Process in 2022

The most important aim for any business is giving customers access to their product or service. Pick and pack systems play a vital role in getting a product off warehouse shelves and into the hands of the customer. The effectiveness of a business’ pick and pack system can make a huge impact on the quality of a customer’s experience.

In this blog post from Allegro Logistics, we offer a range of tips and useful advice on how businesses can optimise their pick and pack process. We will also make reference to the benefits of outsourcing your order fulfilment needs to specialists such as those at Allegro Logistics.

What is pick and pack?

Pick and Pack’ refers to a system whereby businesses select and package customer orders in advance of shipping. These systems are vital to helping businesses process their orders.

Pick and pack systems are primarily used by e-commerce providers for the delivery of small orders. Pick and pack methods eliminate the need for repacking ahead of shipping. Once an order has been packed, a delivery note is signed and a package is ready for dispatch.

Some businesses choose to handle their pick and pack process internally. Others choose to outsource to third party logistics providers such as Allegro Logistics. As a business grows in size, their demand for a more efficient, streamlined pick and pack process is likely to increase – the services of industry experts such as ourselves can help accommodate this.

For more information on pick and pack systems, check out our blog ‘What is Pick and Pack Fulfilment

Tips for Optimising your Pick and Pack Process

Pick and pack processes take up a significant portion of a business’ outgoings. Mistakes that are made during the pick and pack process can be costly, so it’s important to optimise the efficiency of your system – whether that be by improving your internal system or outsourcing your pick and pack needs to a specialist provider.

Challenges to the pick and pack process can include issues with inaccurate inventory or stock monitoring and the consequent failure to fulfil orders. Another frequently encountered challenge is prolonged turnaround times due to packer error or an unorganised warehouse. Insufficient or missing product information can also cause big problems for both picking and packing.

What can be done to overcome these challenges and optimise your pick and pack process?

Use Mobile Technology to Improve Inventory Accuracy

Mobile systems such as barcoding can be extremely useful in maintaining an accurate product inventory. Scanners and similar methods offer a more accurate solution than manual approaches such as pen and paper recording that are far more susceptible to human error. Scanning barcodes offers an error free way of imputing important stock data onto your system.

Optimise Your Warehouse Layout

One of the best ways to optimise your pick and pack process is to design your warehouse for maximum efficiency. This might include:

  • Placing best-selling products closer to packing stations, to reduce inevitable travel to and fro.
  • Storing items that are frequently purchased together in nearby zones.
  • Arranging your inventory from top selling to low selling.

A warehouse may even pay mind to the height at which popular products are stored, reducing the time spent reaching up or down to pick a product for packing. By optimising in this way, items can be more efficiently located, picked and packed – which in turn reduces the overall duration of the picking and packing process.

Keep your Warehouse Clean and Organised

There’s no use designing a maximally efficient warehouse if organisation is not maintained. During day-to-day activity, it is essential that workers actively maintain systems implemented in order to streamline picking. Placing items in the wrong zone or storage receptacle can result in unnecessary delays in the picking process or even incorrect selection for an order. Floors should also be kept clear to allow for easy access and to limit accidents.

Thoroughly Train Warehouse Staff

Although some may argue that any candidate has the potential to work a pick and pack system – effectively training your packing team is key to optimising your operation. Though the packing system is largely simple, staff need to be briefed on executing it efficiently and safely.

As packing can seem like a repetitive job, a business may also choose to offer incentives for their staff. When employees feel valued and rewarded for their work, they are more likely to perform their jobs well and to stay with the job longer.

Use a Pick to Light System

Another way to increase order fulfilment productivity is through the use of pick to light systems. Relying on hard copy pick tickets can be time consuming and also opens up opportunities for human error. Pick to light systems use light directed warehouse technology that offers an ideal solution for paperless picking. These systems use alphanumeric displays and buttons at storage locations to guide employees in light-aided manual picking, putting, sorting, and assembling. Pick to light systems offer a host of benefits to productivity including quicker packing times and improved accuracy.

Efficient Pick and Pack Distribution in Bristol

Here at Allegro Logistics, we offer a range of logistical services including point of sale (POS) distribution to pick and pack solutions. Outsourcing your pick and pack procedure to industry experts such as ourselves offers your business peace of mind that your products are being picked, packaged and dispatched effectively. For more information about how our services could help your business, request a quote today.

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