The 6 Stages Of The Pick And Pack Process

Pick and pack is a popular service for small businesses that is offered by fulfillment centres. The process involves the individual components of small-business-fulfillmentan order being gathered from the master cartons and being placed into an envelope or box that is addressed to the designated recipient.

Typically, a fulfillment company will work with its clients to provide assistance in both warehousing and shipping for the client’s business. Of course, some pick pack orders might be more complex than others. The process may include activities such as receiving shipments, disassembling those shipments and then reassembling them so that they can be shipped out according to each client’s individual requirements.

How Does the Process Actually Work?

Let’s take a closer look at how the pick and pack process actually works.

  1. Receiving the product

First, a client will send its product off to a warehouse facility. The warehouse then decides where to store the products. The process could involve larger orders that take up three-quarters of the warehousing facility, or smaller orders than just take up a couple of shelves. The company that rungs the facility will need to have a system in place to track where each and every item is located in the warehouse and know whether or not they can handle expansion as a client’s business grows.

  1. Storing the Product

A storage facility is necessary for housing the client’s products and ensuring they are well secured and protected. It could include breaking down pallets and boxes for storage and distribution of each shipment. That’s why it is important to have a good management system in place which typically includes bar coding for ease of inventory control and accuracy.

  1. Picking the Product

The picking process involves pulling items from their locations to be included with an order that could potentially go off to several locations. With a solid and well-tested management system in place, the picker can pull multiple orders from the facility’s shelves in one go. Electronic tickets, bar coding and other effective management tools do help to streamline the process and render the picking process more efficient.

  1. Packing the Product

Once the products have been picked from the shelves, they are then gathered and placed in pallets or boxes according to the client’s needs and instructions.

  1. Distributing the Product

The facility works hand in hand with the delivery systems to ensure the product is delivered to the client’s clients. The client is responsible for the shipping charges.

  1. Confirmation of the Process

Finally, the pick and pack company must be able to provide confirmation of delivery, inventory control and also the necessary information about how their facility is managed and how they deliver and handle products in a timely and accurate manner.

An efficient and reputable pick and pack company will prevent building needs, expenditures for distribution, extra technology and equipment or the need for more staff to complete your shipping needs without ever compromising control and quality.

While the process may sound simple enough, it does require a rather high degree of organisation, coordination and acute attention to detail to run smoothly.

 

About Seth Ejercito

Seth Ejercito is a content editor at Media Buzzer.