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Pcdata USA Reports Zone Picking Best Alternative for Increasing Distribution Center Performance

Picking Perfection, sponsored by Pcdata USA, brings important and interesting information to those in the material handling, warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing sectors.  From best practices to industry data, this weekly communique reports on trend data, process improvement, and technology evaluations about picking, packing, shipping and profitability.


Logistics News' contributor Cliff Holste recently reported typical pick-to-cart operations are best-suited for the warehouse floor where active pick locations are easily accessible. Pickers are tasked with moving horizontally throughout the warehouse gathering all the products required to complete the cluster of orders on the pick cart. The pick route taken is usually based on a quick order assessment and knowing where product is stored. Depending on "hit density" (the distance between picks and number of picks per stop), a very high percentage of the picker's time is spent moving from one location to another. It would not be unusual for a picker to spend half or more of his/her time moving about the distribution center (DC). Some companies try to estimate times for completing each picking assignment. Usually nothing more than a guess; that does not take into account anomalies such as inventory and slotting errors, which occur more frequently than most DC managers would care to admit.


For efficiency, pickers are picking directly into shipping containers. While accountability is high, without an audit procedure prior to shipping, picking errors can go undetected. Generally, only shorts are reported by the customer. In this type of operation a paper pick list is most often used to drive the picking function. Picker travel time remains the most costly.


About Pcdata USA


Based in East Granby, CT, Pcdata USA ( is a global logistics systems leader for supply chain automation. Pcdata USA was named a finalist for the 2015 MHI Innovation Award for Best New Product, Smart Glass AR (Augmented Reality).  Pcdata USA’s Pick-to-light systems are part of a lean manufacturing and distribution process, offering shorter throughput, fewer errors, and significant cost savings.  Pcdata USA is represented in a wide variety of industry sectors including apparel, cosmetics, e-commerce fulfillment, Third Party Logistics (3PL), wholesale distribution, food service, healthcare, pharmaceutical, production & assembly, as well as bakeries around the world.  Products include Pick-to-light, PTL in hybrid solutions, PickCart, PickStar, Distrib AR Smart Glass, and Dock Manager.


Pcdata USA will exhibit at the upcoming 11th Annual GBMP Northeast L.E.A.N. Conference from September 29-30, 2015 in Springfield, MA.


Picking Perfection permits subscriptions at:    Pcdata USA is currently adding new dealers, distributors, and integration partners to accommodate the strong demand for the company’s solutions.  Follow Pcdata USA on Twitter @pcdatausa. Call Pcdata USA at 855-844-1086.

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