Updated: Mispicks in your warehouse

What is a mispick? 


A mispick is a common problem that occurs in warehouses and distribution centers. When a customer places an order, the product has to be picked from the inventory in the warehouse which is  commonly known as order picking. Mispicking happens when a mistake has been made in the order picking process. Unorganized and chaotic spaces are often at fault, however, there are a number of other things that can go wrong in the process. 


When a customer receives the incorrect item it not only looks bad for your business, but can also cost you time and money. If you find that you are receiving customer complains about mispicks, you may want to consider finding a solution. The right industrial storage solutions paired with warehouse technology can help. 


Types of mispicks


There are four common types of mispicks that can happen in your warehouse or distribution center: 


-  A complete omission of items 

-  The wrong item added to order 

-  Items are packaged in the wrong quantity

-  The items are damaged 


The true cost of mispicks 


When you are running a business which holds a lot of inventory, mistakes will happen. However, if mispicks are occurring regularly, it could be costing the business a large amount of money monthly, quarterly and yearly. According to a survey on Intermac, a single mispick can cost a warehouse and distribution center over $22 just for one single mispick!


The annual amount of money that mispicks cost warehouses and distribution centers is over $300,000 and 52 percent of warehouses and distribution centers are facing mispicks at least three percent of the time. In conclusion, that’s a large amount of money.  


How to prevent mispicks


Industrial storage solutions 

The right industrial storage solutions can help alleviate the amount of mispick errors. One of the main reasons why mispicking occurs is because inventory, boxes and pallets are not organized and stored properly. Having the right storage tailored to your needs can provide you with organization. 


Midwest Storage Solutions offers the best storage for warehouses and distribution centers. We have everything from heavy duty ActiveRAC shelving units to Automatic Storage and Automatic Retrieval Storage Systems.  


Warehouse automation

If you are experiencing mispicks, warehouse automation may be useful. This solution can help improve accuracy and reduce human error. Automation can also help employees locate items, display the items that need to be selected and picked and put the items inside the correct customer package. 


Barcode scanners and systems 

A simple barcode system can help prevent mispicks by making sure all barcodes are in the system and on boxes and pallets correlate with one another. 


Voice picking 

Voice picking is a new technology that helps lower the rate of mispicks. The rate at which mispicks occur can be reduced to as low as one percent ,a drastic change from previous statistics. How does it work? An employee simply speaks into a headset which is then recorded into the warehouse automation system. The correct item is picked by the system or employee. 


Mispicks can stop being a recurring issue in your warehouse and distribution center with the right storage, warehouse automation and other technology. Midwest Storage Solutions can provide you with the proper storage to save time, money and increase productivity.


At Midwest Storage Solutions, we are the sole distributor of Spacesaver products throughout the Midwest. We have been providing storage solutions for clients and customers since 1995. For more inquiries or more information, visit our website or contact us today

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