Welcome to Warehouse Basics, a five-part series in which Modern will unpack the essential elements of functional areas in the warehouse. Informed by industry experts, these articles are intended to capture a snapshot of the current state of materials handling practices. So far, we’ve moved from receiving through putaway, storage and replenishment. We now turn to picking before the final entry on packing and shipping is published in the October issue.
Picking is a rapidly evolving, hugely diverse function in the warehouse, and one story cannot possibly encapsulate it all. Instead, this article will divide the discussion into the fundamentals of less-than-case and more-than-case picking methodologies.
The universal trend in all applications of picking technology in the warehouse, whether for picking pallets, cases or pieces is: There is no single general approach that will meet all needs. No pick module, automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS), multi-shuttle, storage system, employee or equipment can handle all products.