One of the main principles in every materials handling process is to minimise the amount of “touches” on an item. The less touches that is has, the less time a worker will be on the order meaning a lower cost-per-pick which is of course contributing to a higher totlal throughput.
Automation is a key area that can result in less operator touches. and ultimately a more efficient picking process. Also, the picking system should measure enough verified accuracy that can guarantee additional quality control checks are not needed. Systems that pick right into shipping containers as opposed to a variety of boxes removes an additional touch at the packing area or even in some case studies the complete packing process. By doing this, abn organisation can reduce or even totally eliminate any picking problems or errors.