What is goods-to-person fulfilment? How does it help warehouse managers?

What is Goods-to-person fulfilment? 

The majority of distribution facilities of eCommerce companies employ a person-to-goods selecting approach and create orders manually on paper. In a standard order fulfilment center, inventory is placed on the floor, and routing logic is used to find the most efficient pick pathways 

For decades, warehouse fulfilment services have relied on this tried-and-trusted person-to-goods order selecting situation. However, as the number of SKUs expands, owing to market trends like eCommerce businesses expanding and increased need for just-in-time ordering, labour consistency and availability have become less predictable. The conventional person-to-goods satisfaction paradigm has been challenged by these inventory management issues. 

Once upon a time, it was acceptable for a picker to spend 60% of his time travelling and 40% of his time picking. eCommerce fulfilment executives, on the other hand, are increasingly seeking more effective ways to cut down on lost time between pickups and boost the order volume handled per person. That’s why many of them are adopting a goods-to-person fulfilment strategy that makes use of modern technologies to store and transport inventories. 

The goods-to-person idea is straightforward: arriving commodities are manually or mechanically taken from pallets. The cartons and pieces are then placed in totes if they are small or trays if they are large and stored in ASRS, carousels, or robotic systems. 

SKUs are automatically collected from storage and transported to the picker, either at a pick station where the operator picks into an order container or at an ergonomic palletizing station where goods are loaded on a pallet, as orders are required to be completed. Because the picker does not have to walk, ergonomics and high productivity are emphasised at the pick and pack stations. 

Although some sort of automated goods-to-person fulfilment has been accessible for many years, an inflow of exceptionally efficient goods-to-person systems has just been launched in the last few years. Increased processing capabilities and fully-integrated controls architectural advances have mainly affected this, allowing for these high-SKU-count, high-speed systems. 

Here are some ways in which goods-to-person fulfilment can be beneficial to warehouse management 

Increased efficiency in warehousing and fulfilment services 

Warehouse fulfilment services 

A large boost to efficiency is one of the key benefits that a goods-to-person process may provide. It almost eliminates any walking for warehouse workers in the aisles. Employees no longer waste time moving to and from multiple pallet racks since things are delivered directly to human pickers, packers, and replenishers. Employees will have more time to scrutinise the objects being chosen and focus on higher-level activities as a result. Goods-to-person helps boost efficiency in critical areas like cycle counting and quality control by decreasing time spent travelling around the warehouse. 

We investigated all of the possible cost savings in the fulfilment process while using other person-to-goods, collaborative robotic models in the early days, piloting the technology while creating our robots. We were only able to save 13% of the time getting to and from the pick station in our timed testing with them. Overall, we were only able to enhance fulfilment production by roughly one and a half to two times the usual rates. Today, we know that goods-to-person delivery may boost productivity by up to 500 per cent.  

Adaptability in the warehouse space 

In terms of automation, a contemporary goods-to-person system is the most adaptable to multiple warehouse layouts, sizes, and client demands. It may be integrated into any current warehouse management system or setup. The client is in charge of the fulfilment process when adopting a goods-to-person approach, which improves efficiency and lowers the cost-per-pick of each item from inventory storage. Companies may start with 10 robots in the warehouse and scale up as needed without disturbing current workflow or procedures, resulting in a flexible and scalable solution. 

Accuracy of order fulfilment solutions 

order fulfilment solution  Goods-to-person is the most comprehensive solution we’ve discovered, in addition to being the fastest and most adaptable. Picking and replenishment are also positively affected by this solution, which can improve accuracy throughout the fulfilment process. It offers an excellent way to cut expenses associated with mispicks, misshipments, shrinkage, and mistakes. It accomplishes this by allowing robots to deliver only one item type to each employee at a time, reducing the chances of a picker making a mistake and affecting eCommerce orders 

Other collaborative autonomous mobile robots like person-to-goods and virtual conveyors can supplement a human worker in the aisles, but they still need a significant amount of travel time. In the long term, this diminishes productivity and precision, allowing greater space for error and wasted time in the warehouse.  

Adopt new-age fulfilment center services through Inlogsys 

Outsourced fulfilment services can be a big boon for companies looking to improve their supply chain and ship orders quickly. Choosing a partner that completes eCommerce fulfilment using the latest techniques in the industry is of paramount importance. Inlogsys has extensive experience in partnering with omnichannel retailers and offers eCommerce players modern, new-age fulfilment solutions. 

Get in touch with us and modernize order fulfillment with scalable, streamlined processes.