What is an order picker?
The picker brings together the goods for the customer orders.
What does an order picker do?
The main task of an order picker in warehouse logistics is the order-related removal (picking) of articles from a storage location of the warehouse. Picking is done from storage compartments in shelves or from storage locations of pallets. Picking is based on a picking list (electronically or as physical accompanying documents). The processes are often supported by picking systems (picking procedures), such as Pick-to-Light, Voice Picking, Pick-by-Point, Pick-by-Frame, etc.
Before starting the job, the order picker often prepares the packaging (cartons, containers, wire mesh boxes, pallets, etc.). After that, the picking already begins. He goes through several storage zones according to the picking list and picks the goods from the storage locations. Each item of the picking order is confirmed. To keep the walking time short, picking systems and warehouse management systems are used. They optimise storage and walking distances. Once the order is ready, it is checked, packed and dispatched. The picker has a great responsibility in the quality of the work for the whole team (minimising shortages and optimising handling costs).
Picking in a picking warehouse is done manually. The following picking devices can be used as aids: Forklift trucks, pallet trucks, various other devices, floor conveyors and various supporting systems.
Does the order picker need training?
No. To work as an order picker, you don't need full training at a vocational school. A search on a job exchange is enough. The profession is taught as part of a skilled worker preparation course in a logistics company. Warehouse specialists, trade packers and warehouse logistics specialists learn the profession directly with work experience.
Further training in warehouse management is possible. However, this strongly depends on each individual employer. Ask the company when you apply.
Find a job as an order picker?
Finding a job as an order picker is not difficult. There are many job advertisements and job boards where employees with the job profile are sought (e.g. https://www. stepstone.de/jobs/Kommissionierer-in.html).
To narrow down your job search, you can also enter the city where you are looking for the job in the search field, e.g. "Picker Hamburg". In many cases, even the job advertisements in the employment offices are very easy to find. If you come from a different profession, then search for "job application for order picker lateral entrant". Professionals who have a driving licence for forklift trucks have an advantage in this job. Some companies only have pallet trucks for which you do not need a driving licence.
Good luck with your application!
A picker in Germany earns between 12 - 18 € per hour at the beginning. However, his salary varies greatly depending on the industry. Seasonal workers earn much less. Many temporary employment agencies also hire order pickers at a very low wage. So it is better to apply directly to the companies that need an order picker. That brings more money.
Is picking difficult?
In a modern logistics warehouse, many carrying aids are available. In the past, order pickers had to carry very heavy loads. Today's standards regulate the maximum weight he can carry. Forklifts, pallet trucks and cranes are available.
Various picking systems support the work in warehouse logistics and eliminate the accompanying documents(picking list). If you want to learn more about the innovative picking methods, then read more articles on: Pick-to-Light, Voice Picking, Pick-by-Point, Pick-by-Frame, etc.