28 August, 2017 / Sin categoría
Picking stands out mainly because of its intensity in labor and accounts about 60% of the costs of operations that occur in a warehouse due to the time it occupies. Regardless of the type of business or sector in which a company belongs to, picking activity is very common.
We differentiate between two types of picking. The first one occurs in automated warehouses and is where the product goes to the hands of the worker. The second type is given in conventional stores and it’s where the worker moves around the store to collect the product. This second type is the most common, and for a better understanding of it we will explain it in slightly more detail.
The process begins when the workers who manage the warehouse issue a purchase order implying the reference of the product and its location in the warehouse. A worker then proceeds to pick up the item and makes sure that it is in perfect condition and that he/she collects the quantity that is requested in the order. Once the articles have been grouped and collected, they should be put in boxes and packed. This last step leaves the package ready for the truck that will then pick it up to take it to the customer.
In picking it is essential to control the quality and the reference of the article, as well as the color and the gauge. It is also necessary that the articles are not broken and have no scratches and that they get to the customer in perfect condition.
This part of logistics is a complex and expensive activity because of the time it takes to complete it. This is why some of the picking stages such as the location of the products in the warehouse should be strategically planned and prepared.