It’s worth mentioning one more time—mispicks are human errors. Therefore, the more automation you introduce to your warehouse operation, the lower the likelihood of mispicks.
Automated warehouse solutions are becoming more affordable and for any operation with WMS, ERP, or both, the additional cost to automate picking management at least, should not be prohibitive.
For example, barcode scanning and pick-by-voice solutions can be added on to most systems today, and make it much harder for human pickers to make errors. Mistakes can still happen, but with automated management, multiple factors must combine for a mispick to occur, making it far less likely.
Fully Automated Picking
Fully automated solutions, such as Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) and warehouse robotics are expensive to implement, but as they significantly reduce the need for human pickers, they are more effective than manual or partially automated solutions.
That is not to say that full automation will get you to 100% picking accuracy, but it does remove human error from the picking equation.
Warehouse robots look set to become the least costly solution for fully automated picking, especially since the concept of Robotics as a Service (RaaS) began to pervade the warehousing domain.
RaaS enables SMEs and large enterprises alike to take advantage of robotic picking assets without making substantial capital investments, paying instead for robotic hardware, software, maintenance, and support on a throughput-only basis.
The technology is still new, but robotics vendors are already offering RaaS warehouse solutions, and adoption is rising as operators realize that RaaS is a low-risk, high-return solution for increasing picking accuracy, and for overall warehouse cost, productivity, and efficiency improvements.