What does Case Picking mean?
Case Picking means the collection of items by the carton (case) in a warehouse for fulfilling customer orders instead of picking individual orders. Basically, case picking involves a product in full case or carton quantities from a variety of storage mediums: pallets positions, carton flow, and shelving.
What is a “Case” in Case Picking?
A “Case” in warehouse order picking operations means a single carton of items where these cartons contain a bulk number of items mainly from the same SKU. For example a case of tennis balls will contain 100s of balls.
Key Benefits of Case Picking:
- Increase in warehouse picking productivity
- Reduction in storage space per item
- Overall reduction in cost per unit
- Robustness in the supply chain process
Case Storage Methods:
There are 3 different types of case picking methods. You can evaluate and choose the best suited methods for your operations.
- Pallet Storage: Highest-density storage where cartons are stacked on top of each other allowing highest picker rate per hour.
- Rack Shelf Storage: This method involves storing cartons onto shelves and it involves high labor cost.
- Carton Flow Rack Storage: It is a storage and retrieval system based on gravity fed FIFO mechanism