Pick and Pack explained

Many logistics professionals have heard the term “Pick and pack”, but many don’t fully understand how it can be added to their supply chains. The GlobalForwarding.com team sat down to put together this informative article to help explain the term, and provide some insight about what role (if any) it can play in your shipping plans.

Pick and Pack is all about using a minimum number of steps in filling customer orders, with the idea that it expedites the ordering process and puts product in the hands of your customers faster. In most scenarios, an order is received at the warehouse level, where warehouse staff “picks” the products contained in the order from warehouse shelves. Once done, products are packaged and immediately sent to the customer via small parcel, LTL or white glove service. Many companies use a WMS (warehouse management system) like the tools available to GlobalForwarding.com customers (one of our most popular tools) so that warehouse staff can immediately process orders, locate them in the warehouse facility and track inventory in real time. Both small and large companies use pick and pack solutions within their supply chain, and with the increasing availability of Internet bandwith, software solutions and warehouse automation tools, more companies than ever are using this approach to fill orders. Not only is efficiency increased (thus decreasing costs and improving the bottom line), but customers are generally more satisfied with fast delivery times and accurate orders. If you’re thinking about implementing warehousing, warehouse management systems or pick and pack type services into your supply chain, your GlobalForwarding.com sales representative can help with ideas and solutions!