Benefits of Goods-to-Person Picking Systems
Goods-to-person picking systems are scalable methods of piece picking that allow users to pick orders efficiently, accurately, and quickly using technology mixed with a dense storage component.
In most goods-to-person picking systems, incoming products are placed into totes or trays and then stored in the high-density storage system. As orders come in, products are automatically retrieved and sent to a picker, who is at a workstation ready to combine the order and either add the products to a pallet or to a packing area. This process eliminates travel time, increases order accuracy, and improves productivity for your workers.
The benefits of goods-to-person picking systems include:
- Extremely high pick rates
- Savings on labor costs
- Higher storage optimization in a smaller footprint
- Ergonomic support
- Scalable to grow as business needs change
There are two common categories of goods-to-person picking systems: vertical lift modules (VLMs) and automatic storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS). VLMs are capable of delivering one or two trays at a time to the picking area and are often used to store and pick smaller cube, slower-moving items. ASRS systems come in a variety of forms, depending on the needs of the picking operations.