Picking process

Picking processes in comparison

The selected picking method follows the picking strategy and ultimately determines the individually suitable and installed picking system, which is often a combination of different technologies. Key distinguishing features are:

  • Single-stage order picking
  • Two-stage picking

During order-oriented single-stage picking, the worker assembles the goods, which are either static or dynamic, in a single round trip. With series-oriented two-stage picking - also known as batch picking - on the other hand, customer orders are grouped together. In a first step, the employee removes single-item partial quantities independently of the individual order. The second stage marks the final sorting of the goods into the respective orders. The advantage of this process compared to single-stage picking is that both the number of accesses and the running time can be reduced. A further shortened two-stage picking process can be realized using automated sorting and distribution systems.

Paperless picking eliminates the need for manual picking lists. The most common methods currently used include Pick-by-Voice, Pick-by-Light, Pick-by-MDE or Pick-by-Scan, Pick-by-Vision and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).

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