Inefficient Warehouse Layout Causes Unnecessary Labor Expenses Reports Picking Perfection News

Inefficient Warehouse Layout Causes Unnecessary Labor Expenses Reports Picking Perfection News
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Aug. 13, 2014 - PRLog -- In the current issue of Picking Perfection, a weekly e-news publication by Pcdata USA, some of the challenges in picking the correct product every time are revealed in space utilization and ineffective warehouse layout.  Optimizing storage systems, racking and pallet patterns, can dictate the amount of space necessary to house inventory increases. Inefficient warehouse layouts also cause unnecessary labor expenses.  Arranging products by high-selling, fast turn inventory in the back of the facility, can directly impact the picking process.  Distribution centers (DCs) facing rapid SKU velocity may look at a hybrid Pick-to-light (PTL) solution.

Pick-to-light is a tool that is often overlooked in the search for warehouse technology and can be over 30% more effective than rival order pick methods.  In high density unit picking environments PTL is by far the most efficient picking solution available, eliminating walking time and producing the most productive picking environment possible. In a standard warehouse environment it is typical that 20% of the products represent 80% of the revenues, work and costs. In such a typical 80/20 environment companies can achieve 80% savings by investing only 20% of total costs.

Cost of Mis-Picks

According to Marc Braun, President of Pcdata USA, “One simple way for a merchant to know the picking failure rate...identifying expensive re-shipments to preserve customers. Customers online are choosing vendors who have free shipping.  A mis-picked item requires rushed and costly reshipping expenses that simply cannot be recouped.  Whereas shipping and handling fees could have absorbed these losses in the past, the savvy internet customers are simply no longer willing to pay that fee making accurate picking more important than ever. “

Leaders are looking for a competitive advantage, have dynamic and experienced sales forces, and have a corporate culture which is customer-focused and intent on building long-term relationships with satisfied customers.  This is spoiled when a single product is not correctly picked.  Picking Perfection will share methods, modes, and tools used in a variety of industries.  The weekly newsletter will examine what is and in not working.

Pcdata USA Pick to Light systems are part of a lean process, offering shorter throughput times, fewer errors, significant cost savings;  additionally the result is increased customer satisfaction, a faster ability to supply products, and process transparency. Traditional picking methods are one of highest expenses when operating a warehouse. Pcdata USA lowers that cost through leading edge Pick to Light systems. Pcdata USA installation versus implementation products are experiencing huge growth in hundreds of business sectors throughout North America.

Pcdata USA ( is a different type of Pick to Light because unlike expensive WMS solutions that require lengthy implementations, PickStar and Distrib XE are quick one-day installations. Pcdata USA is a global logistics systems leader for supply chain automation.   Pcdata USA offers affordable out-of-the-box warehouse optimization solutions. Contact Pcdata USA at (855) 844-1086. Follow Pcdata USA on Twitter @pcdatausa.

Pcdata USA
Antonio Rodrigues
Senior Manager
Source:TR Cutler
Tags:Pick To Light, PickCart, PickStar, Distrib XE, DockManager
Industry:Software, Technology
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