The image to the left shows a percentage of completed picks compared to picking locations. And it is this – and only this – we need to focus on in terms of automation.
With our Pick-to-Light solution (or Pick-by-light, as some say), you can see an enormous difference with only a small investment. The PTL solution often solves a higher percentage of the total order backlog than what you first might think. In the image above, we can see what a typical curve looks like for 3PLs or e-retailers between the number of storage locations (x-axis) and the percentage of orders that we can complete (y-axis). For example, if you have 96 picking locations, we can fulfil 60% of all orders.
Here are three important takeaways:
Let the data guide you to optimise your flow as much as possible.
Focus on your high-rollers.
Identify your sweet spot and apply the 80-20 rule.