What is pick and pack fulfillment?

In a warehouse, pick and pack fulfillment is the process that occurs after an order is placed from an online store. Picking is using a picking list to find 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 ecommerce 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 shipping 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 warehouse 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.

Pick and Pack FAQs

Here are a few of the most asked questions on pick and pack fulfillment!

  1. What is a pick and pack fee?

    A pick and pack fee is the fee associated with picking a piece of inventory out from a warehouse and packing it for shipment.

  2. What is a pick and pack warehouse?

    Warehouses have inventory stored in them that will be picked and packed right after an order is placed.

  3. What is pick packing?

    Pick packing is done by a pick packer (that’s a tongue twister). The pick packer goes through the warehouse or fulfillment center to pick up a piece of inventory and complete their picking list.

ShipBob’s pick and pack warehouse fulfillment services

ShipBob offers its clients same-day turnaround for orders that are placed before 2:00 PM. Along with an accurate and speedy pick and pack process, ShipBob offers the following order fulfillment services to ecommerce businesses.

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 logistics costs, 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 ecommerce order tracking numbers.

White label service

With ShipBob, packages won’t have our name printed anywhere but the shipping label.

Branded packaging

Do you have packaging 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.

ShipBob offers a free trial to new clients.

Try it today with no commitment and see for yourself how they can help.

 

 

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