In a warehouse, pick and pack fulfillment is the process that occurs after an order is placed from an online store. Picking is the selecting of the proper quantities of each product from its respective location in the warehouse. Packing is the placing of the items into the proper box, along with the appropriate packing materials and documentation before the package is labelled and shipped to the end customer.
Pick and pack fulfillment must be streamlined to reduce the cost of fulfillment. For picking, this means reducing the labor required to choose the right products for an order. Warehouses that do pick and pack fulfillment have a few different ways to do this: piece picking, batch picking, zone picking, and wave picking.
- Piece picking is when an employee handpicks each product for an entire order, as they come in.
- Batch picking is similar to piece picking, except that orders will be done in batches all at once, instead of one at a time.
- Zone picking is when employees are assigned to a specific area of the warehouse and only pick one order at a time within that area. If an order needs products from more than one zone, it is handed off usually via conveyor belt.
- Wave picking is a combination of batch and zone picking, where employees will stay within a zone but pick more than one order at a time.
Packing involves placing the items into the appropriate sized box with the right packaging materials to ensure they reach their final destination undamaged. To reduce costs, packing should keep an order within the smallest number of boxes and use the right type of packing material(s) for each product. Many warehouses will have a management system that can help detail which box will be the most appropriate choice for the order at hand.
When choosing a warehouse, pick and pack services are the bread and butter. A good warehouse can turn around orders quickly and with a high accuracy rate.
ShipBob offers its clients same-day turnaround for orders that are placed before 2:00 PM. ShipBob also offers the following services:
- Distributed inventory. With a network of warehouses across the country that perform pick and pack services, ShipBob lets customers split their products across any combination of warehouses to store and ship them closer to the end customers. Not only does less distance reduce the cost of shipping, but it also speeds up delivery times.
- Free software. While you won’t need software that tells you which box to use, you will want to keep track of your inventory levels. ShipBob’s proprietary software simplifies inventory management and lets you run detailed reports to keep track of vital metrics for your business.
- Order management. All of the orders that ShipBob processes are updated in real-time through their central dashboard. Answering customer questions becomes extremely easy when you have all the information at hand, including tracking numbers.
- White label service. With ShipBob, the only name on the package will be yours. Your customers don’t even have to know that you use an external warehouse.
- Branded packaging. Do you have package that you’re not ready to give up? No problem. ShipBob understands that unboxing is a vital part of the brand experience and will pack your orders in your own custom packaging.
- Bulk shipping discounts. ShipBob ships hundreds of thousands of packages with the four major U.S. carriers daily. They’ve negotiated bulk shipping discounts, so the savings are always passed onto you.
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