One-to-one Picking vs. Zone Picking
In a game of basketball there are pros and cons to utilizing man-to-man defense versus zone defense. While you have your players designated to the opposing teams’ players, this may serve as a waste of energy assigning one-to-one. When it comes to picking orders in your warehouse, you may wish to adopt a more zone-based defense system. Chances are, with a larger warehouse, you have a higher volume of customer orders coming in. Why not opt for group picking by zone?
On your warehouse floor, you have multiple locations with your items organized in each. Based on forecasting, you can predict what items in your stock are going to be more popular and in higher demand. Knowing that those items are going to be in higher demand, why not send only one person to that location to pick those items all at once, regardless of the order number?
So let’s break this down: You have three separate customer orders that come in and all three share one location zone. Since these items are stored in the same general location, a picker assigned to that section of the warehouse can easily pick all needed items for multiple orders while he is in that area. This eliminates wasted walk times compared to a standard order-based picking system.
With Zenventory’s way of hitting ten pins with one ball, this new method of order picking can help your warehouse become more efficient. Big or small, any warehouse can benefit from the simple perks of group picking by location.