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If you’re working in warehousing or drive for a warehouse, it’s important to know the different methods of processing goods available. Especially if it’s a strategy your business plans to use in the future. You’ll need to apply your knowledge to the role on a daily basis.
Fulfilment centers use pick and packing as their main method to manage deliveries.
It means that components for orders by customers are all organised and collected (the picking part of the process and then into packaging to be delivered to the customer (packing).
A simple explanation of the process:
Manufacturers receive orders for customers with different specifications. The firms with these orders coming through complete them through their fulfilment centres. This means the order can be passed on from the sales team directly to the fulfilment centres, where the picking and packing process takes place.
If any of the required parts are missing, these will be dispatched to the fulfilment center to meet customer demand.
Through a warehouse management system, warehouse operatives assemble whatever is required for the order to match customer demand and the parts required are assembled and packaged. Once packed and addressed to the customer, they are dispatched to drivers.
The better your management system is the easier the process will be. With the rise of e-commerce, if all of your data is stored on an organised management system, processing orders will be much easier and can increase the amount of goods being dispatched on a regular basis thanks to the process becoming much simpler.
Many firms work with fulfilment centers for e-stores, which allow for much simpler dispatch on orders through an online market.
With a bit more knowledge on how the process works, you can embed this into your role in the warehouse environment and lead to further efficiency within your team.
With up to 3,000 new loads per day, saving over 250 million miles per year, the impact for the UK's Carbon footprint alone is huge.