Zone Picking

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Definition: Zone Picking

Zone Picking is a technique of order picking that comprises of allotting stock-keeping units (SKUs) into a sequence of different zones with each warehouse employee picking within an assigned zone. An order can be relocated from one zone to another down a conveying system so as to have items added. The goal of this technique is to create a better speed in the picking process. It also allows specialization based on the skill level.


There are various order picking methods. Some of them include:

• Discrete order picking

• Zone picking

• Batch picking

• Wave picking

• Zone-batch picking

• Zone-wave picking

• Zone-batch-wave picking

An example of zone picking: fork truck operators can be assigned to zones that exclusively deal with large items that can only be picked with the help of a lift.

Zone picking is also referred to as a “pick and pass” method. In zone picking there is only one scheduling per shift. There is a cut-off point for orders that can be queued into the order picking process. Any order received after that cut-off point will get fulfilled in the next shift only.


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