What is a pick list?

If picking in a warehouse is not carried out using MDE devices, a pick list is usually used for picking. On this pick list, the warehouse staff can find all the information relevant to the fulfillment of the current order. In addition to information such as item name/number, storage location and the quantity to be picked, it can also optionally contain further information such as the manufacturer, weight, price or customer data. Even if this method is still frequently used for picking in warehouses, systems are usually sold in which picking is supported by MDE devices. Although the picking list impresses with its simplicity and gives warehouse staff a great deal of freedom, the process is considered rather outdated.

The advantages of data-supported order picking are obvious. All relevant information on the order is displayed quickly, easily and clearly to the warehouse staff, stock corrections and replenishments can be initiated directly and transmitted to the system, depending on the design, the warehouse staff's hands are free and the number of incorrect picks can be reduced through various quality assurance measures, whether by scanning the bin location, entering a check digit or similar.

Alternatives to the pick list are, for example:

  • Handheld devices (usually with built-in scanner)
  • On-board computer on lift scales or forklifts
  • Pick-by-voice


Logistik Lexikon Pickliste

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