Methods to Improve Order Picking and Packing

September 20, 2022

Picking and packing is a crucial part of any businesses order fulfillment system. The precision and speed with which this phase in the process is completed is a key role when it comes to cutting costs, enhancing efficiency, and guaranteeing customer satisfaction.

Design your warehouse for best possible productivity.

To have a layout that allows your facility to operate at its highest level of efficiency it’s important to have a clear layout for order picking and packing. This means your warehouse is organized and clean, so products are easy to find. It’s best to store your top selling items in an easy to reach place. For things that are regularly sold together make sure they are near each other in the same storage area. Finally, organize your inventory from frequently purchased to less frequently purchase.

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Keep your inventory updated.

It is important to maintain an up-to-date inventory. When buyers order an item just to discover it isn’t in stock, there is a chance that customers will terminate the order and/or decide not to reorder from our business in the future. By having a system in place to make sure your inventory and in-stock materials are up to date your business will be able to avoid the loss of customers.

Use more efficient packaging.

A strategic component in lowering expenses and improving efficiency in order fulfillment is investing in tools for your packaging and distribution. Making intelligent choices about your packing material can help you manage costs and increase the speed and effectiveness of packaging and distribution. By doing this your business can improve packaging stability, reduce damage, decrease the costs associated with labor, and increase throughput.

By following these steps mentioned in this blog your business can improve the picking and packaging process so reach a high-level of customer satisfaction. Fulfilling orders is a complicated system that typically involves many different moving pieces. Therefore, it can feel overwhelming and working with a professional can help to alleviate some of the stress. American Surplus Inc. has over 30 years of experience in helping clients effectively setup a warehouse, storage facility, or shipping and distribution center. With the lowest prices in the industry, we offer a wide range of used order pickers. Call one of our experienced sales associates at (800) 876-3736 or request a quote online!


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