Choosing the right warehouse picking software

With a wealth of choice of warehouse picking software out there we all want the right solution that will reduce fulfilment errors.

The flow and easy access of goods is an integral part to the success of your warehouse operations. By choosing the correct warehouse picking software you will be able to optimise the performance of your operations with deep insights into each stage of the despatch process.

Why warehouse picking software is important

Each warehouse is different; even if you own several warehouses for the same brand they are going to be different too. That’s why it’s important that with whatever picking software system you choose can be configured to your exact needs. You will want a WMS system that has both pre-defined picking methods and that can be configured to your operation’s requirements.

What to look out for when choosing picking software:

Picking

You will want complete control over how you track and pick orders, ideally you will want a solution that offers several different methods to suit all product types and one that will match your needs as a business whether you are a small startup company or a large multi-national retailer.

You will also want your operatives to work in a nimble fashion, so the ability to send them pick lists to handheld devices with simple on-screen instructions as to what to pick and where is a must.

Stock

Your warehouse is ever evolving, so you will want warehouse picking software where you can adjust the quantity and location of an item, as well as a reason for any changes. This makes it easier to deal with failed picks and processes affecting your inventory.

You will also want a system that can count inventory and streamline your stocktake on location or container. Depending on the items you are selling you may also want to consider warehouse picking software that  can move and despatch large quantities of items at once by using large container holders.

Maximise efficiency

With the right picking software, moving picked items between locations and containers prior to despatch will be easy and will help you pack more efficiently and minimise shipping costs. By having a sophisticated system in place you will be able to scan a sales order and see everything that needs despatched for that order, it will tell you exactly where the items are and the best route to go about picking all the items in the sales order.

Conclusion

The warehouse picking software that you choose should positively impact the bottom line of your business. So, think long and hard about what you want to achieve with your picking software so that you can make the right choice for you and your business. For a closer look at the things to consider when choosing your warehouse picking software, visit our features page.