What is a picking container?
Picking containers are basically boxes, crates or containers with and without lids that are used to store and pick similar goods and products in different quantities. The material, size and shape of these picking containers depends on the type and quantity of items to be picked. In the most common cases, a container is made of plastic (polypropylene). Storage technology and racking systems enable automatic transport of picking totes.
Each picking order is assigned one (or more) picking containers (loading equipment) for picking.
The customer order of an order is picked into the container. As a rule, each picking container has a unique container number (barcode). Order number and tote ID are linked for the duration of picking. Linking picking order and tote ID is important, especially when item units are picked at different picking stations.
The picking container in logistics
The main function in picking using suitable containers is to work as economically as possible. Picking equipment, picking technology, picking system and picking methods are essential components in optimizing picking.
In addition to order picking (goods for a customer order), picking totes with the same items (material for assembly kit; preliminary product) are queued in production and at assembly workstations.
Depending on the industry (wholesale, industrial), such containers can be equipped with individual inlays for very specific products and goods. Various manufacturers offer special designs, e.g. also space-saving containers, which have different dimensions/inner dimensions in contrast to standard picking containers.