Start by working with two types of merchandise, the top sellers and the slow movers, and the pick-to-light picking system. One way to streamline an operation is to create picking zones – one for the stuff that goes out in every order, the other for the slow movers that should be on clearance. Additionally, pairing an item with another item it frequently sells with reduces the steps walked to pick. When a picker takes a cart, your pick-to-light system shows staff where to pick, how many items to pick, and which SKU is needed.
Passing the picked cart to packing, the packer can see special instructions on the pick-to-light device regarding the order. The merchandise is packed, then replaced on the cart and taken to the shipping area. This continuity of custody starts with the pick ticket and ends when the box is going out the door. If minutes can be saved on that one order, that’s how much faster-ordered merchandise can move through the process.