Increased Accuracy and Improved Tracking
Once items are picked and sent to sorting, the sorting and packing team can verify SKU counts to ensure accurate order fulfillment. Tracking progress is also easier with wave picking, particularly when handheld scanning devices are synced with a Warehouse Management System (WMS).
By taking into account various factors in planning a wave, pickers can pull larger quantities of the same stock-keeping unit (SKU) or multiple SKUs located closely together. The strategy also enables route optimization within the warehouse, cutting down travel time for pickers.
Higher Rates of On-Time Shipping
Meticulously analyzing orders, resources, and shipping schedules to allocate the necessary lead time for order fulfillment ensures that orders are picked and ready ahead of shipping deadlines.
Fewer Warehouse Bottlenecks
Unlike single-order picking, where too many pickers or pieces of equipment can crowd an aisle, wave picking staggers these elements to reduce congestion and, in turn, boosts productivity.
High-Value or Perishable Goods
Wave picking allows such items to be picked just-in-time right before shipping, which reduces idle time and consequently lowers the risk of theft for high-value items and ensures freshness for perishable goods.