Paperless picking

What is paperless picking?

Paperless picking is a picking method in which the picker completes a picking order in the warehouse without the use of paper, e.g. picking slips: Picking slips, routing slips, etc., are used to complete a picking order in the warehouse. Many warehouses cannot be operated fully automatically as they are characterized by individual orders and short delivery times. However, wherever people work, mistakes are made, e.g. counting errors, mix-ups, incorrect withdrawals or stock corrections that are not carried out. Paperless picking helps to stem the flood of paper and avoid reading errors. The trend is clearly moving towards paperless systems, as these simplify the work of warehouse workers and offer a wide range of picking techniques to choose from.

Forms of paperless picking:

  • Mobile data collection (picking via MDE)
  • Pick-by-voice (picking by voice)
  • Pick-by-vision (picking via data glasses)
  • Pick-by-Light (picking by light signal)

Which form of paperless picking system is used depends heavily on the requirements of each company and must be tailored to the respective operational situation. In contrast to picking with a packing list, paperless picking offers you many advantages.

Advantages of paperless picking:

  • Cost savings
  • Documentation of all goods and material movements
  • Increased performance
  • Greater efficiency
  • Improving delivery quality


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