There are many different methods of mail order fulfilment, all with varying effectiveness depending on your type of organisation. Whether you have a large business which requires international distribution or you operate an online shop, you will be looking for suitable fulfilment services which match the needs of your business. Find out if pick and pack services are for you.
Pick and pack is a simple approach to order fulfilment that incorporates a minimum number of stages to accelerate the mail order proccess. The stages of the process involve receiving order information from customers at the warehouse. The next stage is to select, pick and pack the goods required for the order and schedule the shipment as soon as possible.
What is pick and pack?
The pick and pack proccess can be made much more efficient by using warehouse and distribution management systems that use location identification to easily find the product in a warehouse. This allows ‘pickers’ to collect the items a lot faster, optimising the proccess. These systems are best implemented by warehouse consultants who can further optimise your inventory.
The success of the pick and pack service generally depends on the size of the organisation, the warehouse space and technology in place to optimise the service. Software programs can track inventory, prepare shipping lists, automatically create invoices and interact with shippers to schedule pick-ups. The aim of the process is to reduce time between a client order and delivery which directly affects customer satisfaction and brand perception.
Where is it used?
The pick and pack method is generally used to manage smaller order sizes. The larger the order size, the more inefficient the process becomes. Companies must allow some lag time to fulfil orders that include a range of combinations of goods as well as varying quantities. To aid the process of packing, software packages identify which type of packaging is needed, whether this is polywrapping or regular enveloping. This in turn reduces lag time as pickers are not guessing and experimenting with different packaging.
For smaller companies a manual pick and pack system could be ideal, particularly If your business offers a relatively small number of finished goods with a smaller range of items for sale. This proccess is often streamlined, a packer uses a handcart to wheel a packing case through a warehouse to easily select and consolidate the items for preparation.