Person-to-goods picking (also: man-to-goods picking) describes a picking method in which the provision of the inventory takes place statically. In other words, the employee goes to the storage location and takes the required inventory on the spot.

In contrast to the “Goods-to-person” picking method, in Person-to-goods picking, the inventory is not transported from the storage bin to the picker. Material removal is usually done manually without automatic aids. Therefore, this picking method is particularly suitable for small order sizes and for an inventory of low weight. However, in conjunction with batch formation, Person-to-goods picking can also be operated economically in large distribution centers.
In addition to this, this picking method is used for rush orders.

Advantages and disadvantages of person-to-goods picking

The advantage of this process is that comparatively little investment is required and high picking rates are possible. The better the picking paths are optimized, the higher the picking performance.

The disadvantage is that the ergonomic workspace design for the employee is limited due to the increased effort required when removing goods. In addition, increased travel times must be taken into account due to the walking distances.

For more information on dynamic picking, see Goods-to-Person picking.

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