What is Case Picking?
In case picking, product is picked in full case or carton quantities from a variety of storage mediums: pallet positions, carton flow, and shelving. For most operations, the majority of faster movers are picked from pallet positions.
Medium to slow-moving products are generally picked from carton flow. Slow-moving products are picked from static shelving. When workers pick product, they typically pick the item to a pallet, cart or conveyor. As the picker travels the aisles selecting product, orders are grouped and sequenced for shipping.
Where Case Picking Is Used
Case picking is common in distribution centers serving retail or online stores. Third-party logistics (3PL) providers, big-box store suppliers, beer and liquor distributors, and many other businesses devote a significant portion of their warehouse to case picking.
However, case picking operations face a major challenge– with all those cartons comes an ever-growing footprint.
- How can distributors ensure a fast, accurate case pick that meets customer expectations without surrendering large portions of warehouse or distribution center space to case storage?
- And how can distributors alleviate the strain case picks place on workforces to keep both teams and customers happy?
Optimize Case Picking With UNEX
UNEX has a comprehensive line of products to help distributors case pick medium to slow-moving products with speed and accuracy. Our case flow systems can drop into your existing structure, creating FIFO rotation, and ensuring product is always at the pick point and eliminating the need to reach and bend into the rack structure, eliminating stress and strain on your workers.
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UNEX Case Picking Solutions
For distributors facing a space crunch due to their case SKUs, our solutions can condense and organize SKUs to reduce travel time and maximize space utilization. UNEX solutions allow for double or even triple-stacking of your case SKUs, which drastically reduces the footprint of your case picking operation and keeps your aisles clear for forklifts and order pickers to navigate safely through.
For slow-moving products, UNEX manufactures tilted pick shelving designed to hold smaller quantities and present them to order pickers so they can pick product without having to reach and bend into the rack. Storing product on shelving condenses and organizes SKUs to reduce travel time and maximize space utilization.
For faster-moving products, UNEX manufactures a basic line of pallet conveyor that provides dynamic storage for pallets. Picking from a pallet is ideal for faster moving products because operators don’t have to double handle the product to load the product into shelving. They simply load the entire pallet as a location on the pick line.