Pick list

What is a pick list?

A picking list or paper list (often referred to as a picking list) contains a list of items, fields and storage locations 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 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 picking list include?

The picker in the warehouse must be provided with all relevant data, fields and instructions for completing his task and picking 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 optimise the time in the warehouse. In detail, the picking list should contain the following information and fields:

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  •     Quantity of units to be withdrawn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

Electronic picking list

Due to advancing digitalisation, the use of WMS systems such as SAP in logistics and transactions in the process, printed paper lists are losing importance. Efficiency reasons are forcing companies to switch to modern computer-supported structures like Pick-to-Light, Pick-by-Frame® or also Voice Picking to be used. Here, during the provision and processing of picking lists, stock levels are reserved, withdrawals are recorded, differences are logged through corrections and further checks of stock levels and/or order re-picking are generated. Likewise, the order status and provision of goods can be determined and further documents, for example from SAP, can be generated. 


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

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