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The problems with inefficient picking in a warehouse & how to overcome them


So, how do you tell your warehouse has any problems with inefficient picking? Well, first of all: what is inefficient picking? Unlike other warehouse operations, picking is not just about putting things in boxes and shipping them out.

Efficient picking actually means having the right inventory at the right location at the right time, to eliminate waste and delays from wrong orders. In fact, if your warehouse is not already measuring its efficiency, it is a sure sign that something is wrong.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common problems with inefficient picking in a warehouse:

  1. Zero visibility of current storage levels
  2. No stock visibility to picking lanes / workstations
  3. Lack of real-time updates on picking activities
  4. Picking activities not synced with actual picking locations
  5. Exact location of items not known at the time of pick
  6. Employees spending time walking from one place to another
  7. No cross-training / overburdened employees
  8. Fragmentation of data
  9. Items are not correctly sorted
  10. Wrong picking order within same SKU
  11. Incorrect cycle counting practices
  12. Manual checking done repetitively


The picking processes in your business are one of the most critical components to ensuring that you are maximizing inventory turns and getting the right products to the right place at the right time.


Whether you run a small business, or are responsible for an entire network of warehouses, the ability to effectively make and coordinate pick deliveries is one of your most important responsibilities. The efficiency of your picking processes greatly impacts your ability to meet customer orders while minimizing inventory costs.

One way to improve your current operations is to implement a new business management solution that can help reduce cycle times and errors, optimize your order selection and routing, while being flexible enough to handle changes in requirements.

While automating all processes is not always possible, it is important to have a full view of how inventory moves through your supply chain when you consider ways to improve picking processes.

The good news is that today’s business management technologies can help you quickly address those challenges and other inefficient practices in your warehouse by providing a streamlined, integrated solution to capture which items are needed; who needs them; where they’re located; when they need to be picked; and what route or vehicle will get the items there on time.

This is what SAP Business One as a warehouse management system can do for you.

SAP Business One delivers full visibility across the enterprise and into your suppliers, providing an accurate view of your inventory, cycle counts and planned purchases. Whether you need a complete inventory solution or just want real-time visibility into what items are available, SAP Business One provides a single version of truth to help make smarter business decisions with confidence.

Run A More Efficient Warehouse, Run SAP Business One


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