The Process -
Pick and pack warehousing had many different variations but in its most simple form it works as follows. Your stock is located to your chosen 3rd party fulfilment house. All stock is put in to picking faces and bulk storage stock ready for pick and pack.
Orders will be sent, manually via, email, fax or phone, or by an integrated process, meaning when an order is placed on your e commerce site it is sent directly in to your fulfilment partners warehouse management system (WMS).
These order are then pooled and sorted, depending on your parameters, time of delivery, pick programme (first in first out) etc.
From here a pick note is produced and given to a picker who will locate the items by product code and location and take to packing table.
The package then goes to dispatch where it will be sent with a best choice carrier to the customer (of course all pick and pack services differs but this is the general over view).
Pick and pack therefore can seem like a very simple process but there is a lot of variation to service and value added services that can be attached to this. Pick and pack can also provide vital information from its reporting data. Your goods in, goods out, your current stock volume and then this can all be compared day to day, month to month or year to year giving you much greater clarity over your stock.
Pick and pack warehousing has many benefits and of course some downfalls, but if you have a good relationship with your partner it is moreover the most cost effective way of distributing to your customers, not to mention the fact that pick and pack is what these business do. A good partner will understand the importance of a long term relationship and will work with you to not only give you the cost effective and mutually beneficial rate but will understand the importance of your customers needs and your customers to you and the large part that the distribution process plays in this.
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