Before the customer places an order in your shop, processes must be planned and decisions made in the warehouse. The orders should arrive as fast as possible, with a short delivery time at the customer. In times of same-day delivery, the online shopper now expects his package at the latest the following day. In order to increase customer satisfaction and reduce the returns rate, the right picking process is essential for every warehouse.

Every company in the mail-order business has different processes in logistics due to size, assortment or different ERP-systems. For example, small businesses that manage in- and outgoing goods and picking with one or two people need a different approach than companies with large picking teams of several hundred people.

IX-tech GmbH uses specific software and hardware components to achieve the best possible result for you. But we also support you in the search for the right strategy. The two-step picking (collective picking) is suitable to generate shorter distances and lead times, for example.

Pick-by-light

How does it work?

STEP 1
The picking area and the sorting station are equipped with pick-bylight technology. This means that a pick2light module will be installed at each storage location.
The order picker starts the order e.g. by scanning the pick list barcode or by selecting it on the ix.mate (MDE device) and then the first storage bin to reach, lights up.

The employee receives the quantity to be withdrawn on the ix.mate as well as the customer-specific photo of the article, article number, etc.
The removal is acknowledged by a touch on the display or by scanning the item barcode. If the removal has been confirmed, the employee can place the article in the picking trolley and the next
storage place to reach, lights up. Like this, the employee is sequentially led through the whole process until he has picked the entire products.

STEP 2
To assign the picked goods to the correct orders, the employee starts the process at the sorting station. Here he can scan an article and the installed pick2light module lights up under the  corresponding order box. Thus, the employee can completely divide his picked goods until the trolley is empty and his order boxes are filled. The boxes are now packed, ready for dispatch and can be sent to the packing station.

With a 1-item order, the second process step is completely dropped and the employee can bring his filled picking trolley directly to the packing station: For larger order picking areas, it may be useful to split the warehouse into different zones to shorten running distances. Several employees can pick at the same time also. Here, each employee is assigned a unique picking color.

Pick-by-light

Vorteile Mehrstufige Kommissionierung

  • Significant shortening of distances
  • Increases throughput and operator performance
  • Possibility for paperless picking
  • Any number of pickers at the same time