Pick and Pack: Why Pick and Pack Services Is Important?

From the moment the customer places an order, the warehouse will receive notifications of the pick and pack fulfillment process from the online store back-end order system. To ensure that customers can obtain order logistics information in the shortest time, warehouse pick and pack services are a crucial process. An efficient pick and pack process can also help increase sales and customer satisfaction.

What Is Pick and Pack Service?

The process of pick and pack:

You can get pick and pack services from the 3PL company, or manage your order fulfillment. In both cases, the fundamental pick and pack process is similar, including three main steps: pick, pack, and ship.

  1.  Order picking: When the warehouse system receives the order fulfillment information, the warehouse worker will take the packing list and pick the goods from the warehouse shelf. This step is the key to picking and packing. Because the efficiency of this step depends on your warehouse management strategy. You should decide how and where the goods are placed based on the sales of different products.
  2. Order packing: The goods will be packaged at the packaging place, and the packaging will wait for transportation after attaching various identification label information.
  3. Order shipping: Orders are sorted by carrier on the loading dock, and then loaded and transported in a suitable way (air, sea, truck, etc.).

These three steps seem very simple to operate. However, an effective and efficient pick and pack process is mixed with many crucial details that are interlocking. To better increase your sales and customer satisfaction, you should study these methods and strategies. This is true whether you run a startup or a one-million-dollar online store.

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Pick pack ship order strategies:

  • Piece picking: is when an employee/picker handpicks each product for an entire order, as they come in.
  • Batch picking: is similar to piece picking, except that orders will be done in batches all at once, instead of one at a time.
  • Zone order picking: is when employees are assigned to a specific area of the warehouse and only pick one order at a time within that area. If an order needs products from more than one zone, it is handed off usually via conveyor belt.
  • Wave picking: is a combination of batch and zone picking, where employees will stay within a zone but pick more than one order at a time.

Suggestions on Controlling Fulfillment Warehouse Loss Rate

What is the utilization rate of the warehouse to prove the strength of an e-commerce order fulfillment center? In a sense, it covers the control of loss rate, the lower the loss rate is, the better the utilization rate will be. Nevertheless, the turnover rate of goods in the e-commerce warehouse is quite high, and there will be losses in the process of turnover and movement. What’s worse, it is difficult to predict where these losses will occur, how many losses will occur, whether they will be registered timely, what causes it, and the most important question is how to effectively control the rate of loss of inventory.

The following aspects will tell you how ChinaDivision carry out this work:

  • List Loss Points

All warehouse staff will participate in the discussion, starting with the process of e-commerce warehouse management, studying which operations are easy to cause the loss of goods, and recording these possible problems timely. Second, we need to count historical data, classify according to the cause of loss, and see how much loss is caused by each loss point. To determine the percentage of each loss that accounts for the overall loss of the e-commerce warehousing.

  • Set the Standard for Los

According to the data, ChinaDivision will calculate the loss value and percentage of the loss point to determine the loss standard and determine how much the loss standard should be kept. Zero loss is always just an idealized number. In reality, there is no such zero loss situation. 3pl fulfilment It is better to work out a more reasonable control target at a time and gradually improve it. Besides, the loss prevention standards mainly  referred to  two aspects, one is the target value, and the other is the loss prevention operation standard, which is used to regulate the staff in the e-commerce cloud storage in order to control within the target loss value operational requirements.

  • Record Data Timely

It is not for the operator to clarify the target value of the loss to be controlled, to receive training to understand how to prevent loss, and the loss will naturally fall below the target. It is necessary to record and account for the loss of the operation. In some places where management is not standardized, there are certain hidden rules, such as underreporting of losses, concealment, or staring at target values. These actions will affect the timely search for the cause of the loss, and then take effective measures to reduce subsequent occurrences. We have formulated the rules for accurate accounting. The loss is classified according to the reason for loss and scrap in the finance. When the reason is more general, the specific loss point is written in the remarks, which is convenient for the next round of combing and reducing the entire warehouse management. There must be a mechanism for inspection, supervision, and assessment, and actions that are not properly accounted for should be dealt with and punished in a timely manner.

Only by sorting out these loss issues, determining specific loss standards, and confirming the data in time, can the loss be controlled within the target range, so both the drop shippers and their customers can benefit a lot.