Successful fulfillment customer orders is the goal of any 3PL, warehouse or distribution center; fast and impeccable order picking is essential to reaching it. While the practice of order picking sounds rather simple, it represents a very big portion of operational costs. When customers receive the wrong items in their order, it results in warehouses managing returns, fulfilling a new order, and handling dissatisfied customers. Suffice it to say, if a facility does not have a flawless order picking process, they will lose money on every wrong order.
No matter the order picking process whether it be discrete order picking, zone, batch, cluster or others having flawless documentation as to where inventory is stored is key every picker’s mission. 3PLs and warehouses commonly express their top order picking challenges include:
Operating a WMS (warehouse management system) is an excellent start to support more effective inventory management and order picking, but this software is only as effective as the data it receives from the receiving, put away, storage and auditing processes. If the WMS contains dated, incomplete or incorrect. Vimaan has worked closely with leading 3PLs and Brands to understand their order picking challenges and has engineered solutions that betters inventory location, speed order fulfillment, improve picking productivity and reduce labor associated with order picking. These improvements have also been instrumental in reducing picking headcount and lowering operational costs; while improving the speed and accuracy of order fulfillment.
Order Picking Item Validation
Inventory Photo Archive
Inventory Location Accuracy
Order Picking Manifest Verification
Label Text Reading
Package Damage Detection
Warehouse Space Utilization
Parcel and Package Scanning
1D/2D Barcode Reading
Inventory accuracy is a challenge in almost every warehouse we walk into, and the reasons behind the inaccuracies vary. Understanding the truth behind your inventory involves not just cycle counting of stored inventory but also accurate tracking of inventory movement and reconciling it in near real time against your WMS.