Picking

  • Rack zones – Overview

    A storage rack, both in intralogistics and retail, can be divided into different horizontal racking zones. This usually results in four racking zones, which are named as follows from bottom...

  • Single-stage picking – basics

    During picking, a certain quantity of articles is picked from an assortment and put together. Picking in a warehouse can be single-stage or multi-stage. In single-stage picking, the picker always...

  • The packaging logistics

    Packaging logistics is a sub-area of logistics; it is a link between production and distribution. In addition to packaging materials, packaging logistics also deals with the corresponding processes and structures...

  • Production, dispatch and intralogistics: the rush order

    A rush order is an order – in production, shipping or in intralogistics – which for various reasons has to be fulfilled faster or at shorter notice than its usual...

  • Two-stage picking

    In contrast to single-stage picking, with two-stage picking several orders are bundled into one overall order, a so-called commission, article-oriented picking and only later order-oriented packed. The use of a...

  • Turnover rate and Rotation of goods: Fast and slow movers

    The inventory turnover, also known as the inventory turnover rate or inventory turnover coefficient, expresses how often an average inventory is completely withdrawn and replaced in a given period (usually...

  • Single-stage picking – order-oriented, parallel picking

    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...

  • Rack zones – viewing zone

    A rack can be divided into vertical rack based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m). The viewing zone starts at an average height of 1.40...

  • picking due to the quick removal of goods and the easy removal of goods means that little energy is consumed by employees.

    Rack zones – gripping zone

    A rack can be divided into vertical zones based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m). The gripping zone starts at an average height of 60...

  • rack area is called the bending zone. It reaches an average height of 60 - 80 cm. In the bending zone, goods with low turnover are often stored. However, the expected turnover is not the only decisive factor for goods placement. The storage zone close to the floor is also suitable as a storage location for heavy and large-volume goods.

    Rack zones – bending zone

    A rack can be divided into vertical zones based on the scale of an adult (average size of 1.70 m). The lowest rack area is called the bending zone. It...

  • Single-stage order picking – order-oriented, serial picking

    With order-oriented, serial picking, order items are successively processed according to orders. Either an order picker passes through all warehouse zones or an order is transferred from an order picker...

  • Storage techniques in intralogistics

    Depending on the nature of the stored goods and the frequency of use, different storage techniques are suitable. Different techniques can also be used in one building. Storage techniques can...

  • Picking – definition and picking methods

    Picking stands for the assembly of goods and merchandise according to specified orders from an available overall assortment. Depending on the customer in question, the order can be compiled on...

  • AutoStore: Storage technology from Norway

    AutoStore is a Norwegian storage technology and, according to the company of the same name, is especially suitable for use as an automated small parts storage. The respective storage system...

  • Two-dimensional codes: stacked codes, matrix codes, QR code, DataMatrix code

    The one-dimensional bar code is commonly used to label goods and services. However, since the data density of such codes is low, applications intended for this purpose use two-dimensional codes...

  • The picking time in intralogistics

    The picking process itself and the associated picking time are usually a conglomerate of personnel- and cost-intensive processes, whose complexity depends on the business processes of the company. The picking...

  • Picking method Pick-by-robot

    The picking type Pick-by-Robot means the picking of goods, carried out by so-called perception-controlled logistics robots – without human intervention. Perception-controlled logistics robots are a further development of autonomous systems...

  • Picking type Pick-by-Scan (also Pick-by-PDT)

    The picking method Pick-by-Scan is a paperless picking process that is supported by a portable data collection terminal, PDT for short. The PDT replaces the classic picking list in paper...

  • The picking method Pick-by-Vision

    Pick-by-Vision is a picking process in which a picker uses data glasses and context-related information to compile articles or goods for customer or production orders. The data glasses, also known...

  • Replenishment in intralogistics

    Replenishment (also referred to as Supply) is an elementary process in today’s merchandise management, which contributes to the overall efficiency of the material flow if it is integrated as well...

  • Augmented Reality in logistics and service

    Augmented Reality (AR) describes the computer-aided extension of human perception of reality. From the users point of view, the real and virtual worlds merge with each other. The advantage: Through...

  • Exoskeletons in logistics and production

    Exoskeletons, also known as outer skeletons or support robots, are support structures worn on the body, which reduce the load on the body and reduce the risk of injury by...

  • Key figure system in intralogistics

    Although a complete bundling of all key figures arising in warehouse and distribution systems is possible nowadays, it is difficult due to the multi-layered nature of complex systems. Using a...

  • Order picking times – Dead time

    Dead time is an unproductive but unavoidable so-called auxiliary time, which arises during picking due to preparatory and follow-up activities (e.g. search and identification of the storage location). It can...

  • The (hanging) bag sorter

    The Pouch sorter / Bag sorter belongs to the category of logistic sorting and distribution systems. A (hanging) bag sorter system makes it possible to transport hanging and flat packed...

  • Order picking – process steps

    Picking stands for the combination of predefined orders from a warehouse assortment. The process steps that are carried out during picking include, for example, transferring the picking order and retrieving...

  • The picking travel time

    The order-picking way time is the sum of the time required for picking a single order or batch; measured from the starting point of picking via the picking locations to...

  • The storage location management

    The storage location management ensures that a storage location is recorded or occupied in width, height and depth. It covers two different topological aspects. On the one hand the overall...

  • Ergonomics in the warehouse

    Ergonomics in the warehouse aims at the adaptation and creation of workstations which, taking into account the human physique, enable the worker to carry out activities as comfortably as possible....

  • Definition – WMS – The Warehouse Management System

    TheWarehouse Management System (WMS) is an indispensable software for the control and administration of stocks (see also Inventory Management) and storage locations within closed operations (e.g. distribution centers or manufacturing...

  • Picking times – base time

    In picking, the base time is the time required for picking. It only describes organisational activities before and after each picking process. Picking basically represents the order-related combination of articles...

  • Order throughput time

    When an order is received in a logistics centre, it passes through various processes until it is completed. For each of these individual processes, the lead time is measured. If...

  • Batch formation in picking

    Batch formation during picking, also known as batch picking or multi-order picking, is a form of two-step picking and is used in picking forms such as series-oriented, parallel picking. Requirements...

  • picking business process, goods are often replenished. Managing and allocating replenishment is one of the tasks of supply chain management. By using a warehouse management system, it can be ensured before starting a picking process that there is sufficient stock in the picking area. The supply of goods may be necessary as a precaution, on-demand or due to a shortage in the warehouse. The different variants of replenishment can also be partially combined with each other in order to achieve an even system utilization with maximum readiness for delivery.

    Replenishment – Basics

    Before, during or even after the picking business process, goods are often replenished. Managing and allocating replenishment is one of the tasks of supply chain management. By using a warehouse...

  • Material throughput time

    The material throughput time is the time required to run through all business processes, for example, in a warehouse or distribution centre. The calculation of the lead time begins with...

  • Time strategies: throughput and delivery time reduction

    Besides the just-in-time and just-in-sequence methods, other time strategies can be used to ensure that materials are in a constant flow. A smooth material flow has a positive effect on...

  • Cycle time procedure

    Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on-demand. Depending on which criterion drives the replenishment, either the staging procedure, the reorder...

  • Reorder point procedure

    Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on demand. Depending on which criterion drives the replenishment, either the reorder point procedure,...

  • Provisioning procedure

    Goods are fed from the main warehouse to the picking area manually, as a precaution or on-demand. Depending on which criterion drives the replenishment, either the staging procedure, the reorder...

  • Warehouse strategy – LIFO vs FIFO

    LIFO (last-in-first-out) and FIFO (first-in-first-out) are two different strategies for storing and retrieving goods. Last-in-first-out The last-in-first-out principle describes a storage strategy in which the goods that were put into...

  • Cross-docking

    There are different types of handling goods in the shipping area. One of these is called cross-docking and is a form of cross-connection. The most striking characteristic of this type...

  • Sorter (Packing) – Process steps

    The process steps that are carried out in the course of the (sorter) packing process include order picking dispatching, batch picking, batch buffer reservation, batch buffer and packing process sorter...

  • The manual sort order fulfilment

    Manual Sort Order Fulfilment (MSF) is a software-supported, manual sorting system. The basis is a multi-stage picking process, but compared to the use of an automated sorter, the subsequent sorting...