With parallel picking, an order is divided between different picking zones and processed simultaneously. Compared to order-oriented, serial picking, this means the following: Larger orders are split before the picking and carried out in different warehouse zones. However, they are not passed one after the other from one storage zone to the other, but these partial orders are picked at the same time in different storage zones. Once all the partial orders have been completed, they are consolidated again at a collection point to form the complete order.

Advantages and disadvantages of order-oriented, parallel picking

The advantage of order-oriented, parallel order picking is that the splitting of the picking zones into different small areas results in a significant shortening of the order pickers’ distances and thus also a shorter order throughput time.

The disadvantage is that a consolidation point is required to reunite the partial orders. The entire process must be coordinated and controlled by a warehouse management system.

For more information on conveyor systems that are used to transport containers from one area to another during picking, see Handover Systems.

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