Sort and pick accuracy: Getting to 100 percent

3.12.19

10 MIN READ

Operations are challenged with driving higher throughputs, and accuracy, within ever smaller operational footprints and labor pools to drive expectations of cost efficiency.  

Nearly 50% of warehouse labor resources are involved in picking, packing, and shipping outbound orders; so it often makes sense to focus on these operations first. However, receiving operations (intake) contribute to downstream process accuracy, so these processes need to be taken into consideration as well. This worksheet addresses areas of consideration to discuss with your automation vendor; for the improvement for intake, sortation, and pick accuracy.

Step 1: Intake (induction) subsystem: What are the SKU attributes?
  • ______/______Product weight (highest/lowest)

 

  • ______/______Case package size (highest/lowest)

 

  • ______/______Required throughput capacity, cases per minute (highest/lowest)

 

  • _____________Weight and handling characteristics

 

  • _____________Footprint and system configuration

 

Step 2: Sortation subsystem: How does the product move to market? 
  • Via pallets
  • Mixed case pallets
  • Cross-docking
  • Shipping direct
  • Case-level storage
  • Floor-loading (cubing) a truck
  • Eaches (E-commerce)
  • Pick in waves
  • Pick order by order

Step 3: Pick Accuracy: Have you encountered any of these missteps?
  • Items that are supposed to be in inventory, but are not
  • Items that are thought to be out of stock, but are actually on the shelf
  • Items that are in stock, but not tracked accurately
  • The cost of re-shipping incorrect orders
  • Returns or rework costs
  • Additional handling costs
  • Additional shipping costs

*Be careful that a focus on accuracy doesn’t reduce throughput.

How automation can help

Flexibility is crucial to keeping up with consumer’s rapidly increasing delivery and customization expectations. With so much change in the marketplace, and especially as e-commerce continues to shape new trajectories for technology integration, companies must be able to adapt. Robots can perform repetitive tasks around and with zero diminishments to their output capacity and accuracy rate.  Consider automation when your operation is looking for/to:

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