With warehouse sizes ranging between 600,000 to 1 million square feet, Amazon made creating a workable floor space an integral part of how their pickers find items so quickly.
They manage this through strategic picking routes.
When an order comes in, a computer determines the location of each ite. It then finds the fastest picking route and relays it to the employee.
Optimizing picking routes allow employees to logically locate each item in one pass rather than losing time trying to find multiple items in different locations.
The benefits of these routes also means multiple orders can be picked at once for faster output, which increases productivity.
Setting up custom “levels”, “sections”, or “zones” where items are kept will communicate an easier location for pickers, allowing them to quickly search for orders.
By combining picking routes with a barcode or management system, you can streamline your warehouse to function more efficiently.