For as long as there has been picking, sending a person out to get the goods has
been the way to go.
The concept is simple: Put the product away in storage or a pick face. Then when
it’s time to fill an order, send a picker to that location to get the goods. Let’s call that
person to goods picking.
But person to goods picking isn’t the only way to go, especially as the number of
SKUs grow to meet consumer demand. The problem is that as a rule, travel distances
and picking times increase as the number of SKUs proliferate.
There is a solution. With the right order and volume profile, facilities can realize
significant productivity gains by turning the person to goods picking formula on its
head and employing automated storage, conveyance and data collection technologies
to bring the goods to the picker.