Picking is the process of selecting inventory from storage to be included in a customer’s order. RF guns (or scanners) are used to identify items to be picked which are then put in a tray box. Packing involves placing the items the the final packaging using the appropriate materials along with any document/receipt before the package is labelled and shipped to the end customer.
Orders are received and printed by the inventory manager.
Once orders have been printed and sorted, the next step on the workflow is picking, packing and shipping.
The majority of units are picked in batches prior to moving to a sorting area.
Once in the sorting area, units are then grouped into individual orders and are then moved to a packing station.
The packing process involves packing orders into the smallest box or package possible while making sure there’s adequate protection.
Packing also involves rechecking the product and labelling the boxes with the proper tracking invoice copy while ensuring the order invoice is kept inside the package.
Sometimes, international and domestic orders are split and the proper customs paperwork for international orders are completed.
The packages are then palletized, and shipped by loading them in the shipping area.
Watch below video to understand how an end to end picking/packing process is executed in a warehouse
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