Order picking involves the selection from bulk supplies of customer specified items, in the quantity they want, when they want them.
This can involve the selection of cartons from full pallets in large warehouses. Or it can mean selecting items from cartons stored on shelves or in live systems. It can be more difficult than it seems, so the more efficient the materials handling system, the better.
The process of order picking is labour intensive. It is usually one of the most expensive parts of warehousing and distribution operations.
Conveyor systems can be cost effective and streamline the order picking process. The different types of conveyors available are from Storage Ideas are:
- Belt conveyors
- Gravity roller conveyors
- Powered roller conveyors