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The Five Most Common Mistakes When Planning a Distribution Center by TriFactor's Craig Bertorello and featured in Supply & Demand Chain Executive (online).  


Seven Factors to Consider When Choosing an Order Picking System by TriFactor's Richard Gillespie and featured in Industrial Distribution (online).


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Order Fulfillment  : Order Fulfillment & Order Picking Systems Design

Material Handling System: Order Picking Systems

With industry trends requiring our customers to manage faster response times, a proliferation in SKUs, and picking more orders of smaller quantities with a higher degree of accuracy, TriFactor implements and utilizes modern picking principles and systems.   This provides a means for either totally automating the order fulfillment process or for maximizing the productivity of a manual picking strategy.

Picking principles would include designated forward-pick areas, velocity-based product profiling, activity-based storage concepts, bucket brigade methodology, paperless systems, picker-to-part or part-to-picker ideas, batch or wave picking, and sortation.

Automated order picking systems provide the ultimate combination of speed, throughput capacity and accuracy while minimizing or eliminating the need for sophisticated control strategies, such as wave management and product profiling that is commonly associated with manual picking systems.  Manual picking systems can achieve many of the same goals of a fully automated system, but generally require some form of manual handling in addition to a control system.  A number of methods and technologies are available to dramatically improve the productivity and efficiency of a manual picking process. To learn more about these methods, visit our Picking Methods page. 

Order Picking Technologies Include:

  • Picker-to-Part
    • Pallet Rack
    • Shelving
    • Gravity Flow Racks
    • Aisle-Captive Vehicles
    • Aisle-Mobile Vehicles
    • Pick Modules 

  • Part-to-Picker
  • Picking Aids / Technologies


TriFactor is sought out by companies nationwide to provide material handling solutions that reduce inventory and delivery time, lower costs of manufacturing, distribution and transportation, and improve customer service.  If you are looking for an Edge on your competition, discover how TriFactor can make a difference, call today at 1-800-507-4209.

For additional information on material handling systems related topics, please visit the TriFactor Learning Center