Pick list

What is a pick list?

A pick list or paper list (often referred to as a picking list) contains a list of items, fields and storage bins for order picking. The paper list can include sales orders, but also production orders. As a document-based document, the picking list is one of the classic picking methods. The list includes all relevant information for the picker, which he needs for a complete and correct order picking.
In the case of order-parallel picking, several pick lists can exist for one sales order. In the case of item-oriented picking, however, several orders can also be combined in one picking list (Multi-Order-Picking, Pick-by-Frame®).

What contents should a pick list include?

The picker in the warehouse must be provided with all relevant data, fields and notes for the completion of his activity and picking of the items in order to carry out all transactions correctly. In addition to the picking quantity, the order (picking route) of the load unit to be picked should also be taken into account in order to optimize the time in the warehouse. Specifically, the pick list should contain the following information and fields:

  •     A unique identification number
  •     A unique barcode 
  •     Customer information as well as e.g. also batch no.
  •     Product code and/or designation Stock-Keeping-Unit (SKU)
  •     Number of positions
  •     Item number
  •     As far as necessary also an exact article description
  •     Quantity of units to be taken
  •     Storage bin or storage compartment description

Electronic picking list

Due to advancing digitalization, the use of WMS systems such as SAP in logistics and transactions in the process, printed paper lists are becoming less important. Efficiency reasons are forcing companies to switch to modern computer-aided structures such as Pick-to-Light, Pick-by-Frame® or even Voice Picking to the market. Here, when picking lists are provided and processed, stock levels are reserved, withdrawals are recorded, differences are logged through corrections, and further checks on stock levels and/or order re-picking are generated. Likewise, order status and goods provision can be determined and further papers can be generated, for example from SAP. 


Picking is one of the most important tasks in the warehouse. The picking list is more and more replaced by the electronic picking list. Different picking methods can be used in order picking. The optimal transaction between the picker and the picking method used affects the quality of his work.

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