In every warehouse that holds items to ship, there must be a way to tell their staff what inventory to pick off the shelves and pack for shipment. Inaccurate picking will lead to inaccurate deliveries.
Then you have upset customers and your customer satisfaction takes a nosedive. A pick ticket tells the operator what to pick and how many.
This pick ticket may be paper, or a large sticker (especially if part of the pick ticket is used for the shipping label), or it may actually take the form of some sort of electronic file on a small handheld device or computer screen.
On a typical paper pick ticket you will usually see:
- a logo
- where the shipment will be delivered
- who placed the order
- date and time of order placement
- date and time of order fulfillment
- the list of items ordered
- quantity of each item ordered
Accuracy on the pick ticket is crucial. The warehouse operator is going off what is provided. The ticket needs to be clear in terms of items, with any special instructions included.
The paper pick ticket can also double as a packing list. Check out the next box you receive. There should be a piece of paper alongside the item(s) ordered and it should be pretty clear in terms of quantity and item. It may have other wording and text that is gibberish to you, but it means quite a bit to the warehouse staff.
Certain codes may indicate where the item is located in the warehouse. Certain letters may indicate the initials of the warehouse staff picking your order. The end result is that the pick ticket has information that is imperative to the efficient running of the warehouse.
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