What Is Pick & Pack Order Fulfillment?
Pick and pack order fulfillment is a key service offered by fulfillment and distribution centers. Products are shipped to a distribution warehouse, unpacked and then stocked. When orders come in, warehouse workers pick the items from cartons, bins or shelves, pack them together to fill an order and ship them out.
Pick, pack and ship services can vary from a few items, to massive orders, and providers should offer flexible pricing to support differing business needs.
How does Pick, Pack and Ship Work?
The pick and pack process really starts with stocking. Warehouses are carefully organized so that workers can quickly locate items and pack them together as orders come in. The warehouse operator needs to consider a range of factors such as how frequently an item is ordered, its size and what items it’s commonly ordered with, to make order fulfillment as efficient as possible.
Careful labeling, inventory management and quality control are also crucial, to ensure orders are filled accurately and in a consistent time frame.
Good warehouse management and planning makes the process fairly straightforward when new orders come in. Workers are directed to the correct shelves to gather products for the particular order, typically using a designated route optimized for efficiency. Then, workers pack items away, generate and attach a shipping label and pack items together for shipping.
Workers also update information about items at each major stage of the process. Software records the changes in inventory as products are pulled from shelves, and tracks packages as they’re sent to customers. Restocking is often automated too, so the warehouse always has enough items onhand.
A fulfillment partner doesn’t just reduce costs or improve efficiency, they also make it easier to run your business. Fulfillment Depot can automate your fulfillment process, allowing you to focus on your business, not your logistics. From pick and pack fulfillment, to kitting to storage, we’ll make sure you’re getting the best service at the best price, every time.