Order Picking Strategies That Work: 3 Easy Ways Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Can Transform Warehouse Efficiency

Order picking strategies that incorporate Fetch Robotics solutions can transform warehouse efficiency in less than 48-hours. This article explains how.

Order Picking Strategies That Work: 3 Easy Ways Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs) Can Transform Warehouse Efficiency


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Today’s ecommerce fulfillment and distribution centers face an unprecedented number of challenges. With online orders skyrocketing, an industry-wide shortage of warehouse employees, and increased delivery speed expectations normalized by Amazon Prime, the struggle to improve warehouse efficiency and introduce order picking strategies that keep pace with the industry’s evolution is very real.  

To address these issues head-on, a number of organizations have implemented ecommerce fulfillment automation strategies that incorporate automated carts, automated pallet movers, and other autonomous material handling equipment capable of working alongside people, to help improve throughput and optimize existing picking methods and strategies. 

Are you looking to maximize warehouse picking efficiency? Here are three order picking strategies featuring AMRs that can transform warehouse operations in 48-hours or less.


Order picking strategies that incorporate Fetch Robotics solutions can transform warehouse efficiency in less than 48-hours. This article explains how.
You can improve warehouse order fulfillment rates in less than 48-hours with Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs).

Order Picking Strategies Tip #1: Single Line Item Order Processing

Every online fulfillment operation deals with a certain percentage of orders that consist of just a single line item. These orders are filtered and batch picked by pickers who go on to select SKUs that represent these orders, and then walk them to a dedicated packing station for processing.

Advances in warehouse robotics now remove picker travel time to dedicated warehouse packing stations and in turn improve throughput rates. AMRs can autonomously transport these very same loads for processing, allowing pickers to remain focused on the kind of higher-value tasks that both increase warehouse productivity rates, and overall, improve warehouse efficiency.

Key Logistical Benefits: AMR systems increase picker productivity and lower costs per hour (CPH) to deploy. Fetch Robotics AMRs deliver ROI in as fast as 3-6 months.  

Order Picking Strategies Tip #2: Zone Picking to Consolidation Wall

In many modern online fulfillment operation centers, pickers are assigned to designated zones that represent aisles of racks where orders are batched and separated by SKU demand. Introducing AMRs in this scenario allow pickers to avoid picking by order, and instead focus on order picking by SKU demand within their individual zones.

Once again, AMRs eliminate the need for pickers to leave their zones by autonomously transporting SKUs to consolidation walls for them, allowing for focus of attention on higher-value tasks like their next SKU batch.

Once again, AMRs eliminate the need for pickers to leave their zones by autonomously transporting SKUs to consolidation walls for them, allowing for focus of attention on higher-value tasks like their next SKU batch.

Key Logistical Benefits: When volume is high, AMRs allow for consolidation walls to be built across any number of locations and can be just as easily removed at the conclusion of peak seasons. With the Fetch Cloud Robotics Platform for On-Demand Automation, no matter how dynamic the environment, it takes very little effort to program AMRs to reach these new locations.

Order Picking Strategies Tip #3: Pick-to-Cart

When volume and/or geographic size permits, batch picking to carts is a viable fulfillment center option. Orders are batched and each picker is responsible for a specific group of orders. Totes or shipping boxes represent an order on a cart and pickers travel through picking areas to fulfill placed orders.

AMRs rewrite this process by carrying multiple totes and orders to packing areas for processing and shipping, allowing workers to stay in their zones and focus on picking new orders.

Key Logistical Benefits: Designed to improve warehouse efficiency, sophisticated AMRs can be set up easily with queuing behavior and do not require integration with Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).

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If you would like to learn more about how Fetch Robotics’ material handling and automated data collection solutions improve productivity and efficiency while working alongside people, forklifts, and other material handling equipment, check out the links below. If you would like to immediately discuss how to up-level your warehouse picking strategies with a solutions expert, you can schedule a free consultation here.

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