What is pick-by-light?

Pick-by-Light is one of the paperless picking processes where, instead of a picking list, the quantity of products to be picked is made visible to the picker directly at the removal compartment via a compartment display.


The compartment display on the removal compartment consists of an eye-catching light and an acknowledgement button. Using the acknowledgement button, the employee can confirm the removal of the products and send the stock change to the system in real time. Depending on the system, there are also other functions:

  • Numerical or alphanumerical display so that the picker can read the quantity removed
  • Correction buttons such as +/- so that corrections or inventories can be carried out
  • Sometimes also other special functions

Advantages of a pick-by-light system:

  • Quick to find and confirm
  • Complete and controlled
  • Secure stocks
  • Short training period
  • Punctual and reliable delivery


Logistik Lexikon Pick by Light
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