The process of filling an order for a customer relies on many types of material handling equipment working together as parts of a complete integrated material handling system. All of these technologies work together to move, store, stage, protect and control the materials, and associated information about those materials, to fill orders. Included are:
For high-volume, fast-throughput item order picking a variety of techniques and technologies—both for manual and automated picking—are available. These types of picking systems work best for the relatively small number of (approximately 20%) that account for a high percentage of daily order volume (approximately 80%). Their use is ideal in applications where these faster moving items are grouped together. They eliminate paper pick lists, reduce walk time and labor costs, and boost accuracy. Typical applications include devices that direct pickers to the location to select or place items and the quantities required, or automatically dispense those items into specific containers.
There are three primary types of item order fulfillment systems. These include:
Item order fulfillment systems are used to improve the speed and accuracy of manual or high-volume item picking.
Item order fulfillment systems provide a variety of benefits:
Item order fulfillment systems are used as a picking solution in facilities in nearly every industry, including: