Picking by Order vs. Batch Picking: What’s the Difference?

There are actually many ways to pick an order from a warehouse location. However, in this article we’ll focus on two picking methods: picking by order and batch picking. You may already guess the difference from the names of these activities, but let’s explain in more detail.

Picking by order, or discrete picking, implies visiting a picking location individually per each order. For example, two customers order the T-shirts with the same SKU, and two different orders are created. As a result, when processing these orders, a warehouse employee should visit the picking location two times, to pick the T-shirts for two separate orders. This is the most common and straight-forward order picking method.

On the contrary, batch picking combines the lines from different orders into a so-called “wave” by using the inventory management software. As a result, the warehouse employee should visit the picking location only once, and it significantly saves time. After the picks of individual products is completed, products are sorted by order, packed and shipped.

Each picking method has its own advantages. Picking by order is simpler but it takes more time, whereas batch picking saves time, increases productivity, and reduces labor costs, but required two coordinated steps – pick and then sort.

You should choose the picking method based on your loads and workflow. For example, batch picking is perfect for you if the same SKU with relatively small dimensions is frequently ordered from you by different customers. In other cases it’s better to use the traditional method of picking by order. Despite the fact that it requires more time to pick, it actually speeds up the response time for order fulfillment.

Delivrd, the inventory management software, supports both picking methods to give the clients more convenience and flexibility. No matter how many orders you have, Delivrd will help you with any order profile. More details are coming soon!twitteryoutube

Barcode Scanning: A Key to Successful Inventory Management

If you stop and look around, you’ll probably notice that barcodes are everywhere. You can find barcode labels literally on every item that you use in your daily life, from food to gadgets. And it’s almost impossible to buy any item without a barcode. Barcodes rule the world! That’s why it’s important to understand how they work. Specifically, how they automate inventory management and thus help streamline the businesses.

A “toolbox” of a modern inventory manager should include not only the inventory management software, but also hardware, such as barcode scanners. Why? Let’s find out.

  1. Value for money. A barcode reader can significantly speed up the inventory management process at your warehouse. At the same time, such a device costs not that much. It’s easier and more cost effective to buy several barcode scanners that hire a hundred people to type in those SKUs and serials. Hey, it’s the 21st century out there!
  2. Speed. The faster you manage your inventory, the more efficient is your business. With a barcode reader, speed won’t impact the quality of your inventory management – it will actually improve it.
  3. No more errors. Barcode scanning reduces the “human factor” in inventory management and helps avoid mistakes, which can cost a lot. With barcode scanning, you’ll know the exact inventory numbers and avoid the low stock and overstock problems.
  4. Flexibility. There are many types of barcode readers, and you can choose the one that fits the needs of your company. There are standalone, USB, wireless, or smart scanners with an operating system; there are pen-type, laser, or camera-based readers – you name it!

Delivrd, the inventory management software, also supports barcode scanning. More details coming soon!twitteryoutube