Batch Picking: Efficiency and accuracy in the Supply Chain

batch picking - hoofd

Batch picking, also known as batch order picking or bulk picking, is an advanced method of order fulfillment in warehouses. It differs from traditional methods by enabling warehouse workers to collect multiple products and items for various orders simultaneously. This process creates significant time savings and increases efficiency because products are gathered, packaged, and shipped in batches. Curious about how batch picking can enhance efficiency and accuracy in your supply chain? You’ll discover everything about it in this article.


What is Batch Picking Exactly?

Batch picking is an advanced method of order picking where multiple orders are collected simultaneously. Instead of traditionally picking one order at a time, this method allows warehouse workers to work more efficiently by grouping similar items from different purchases.


Did you know that companies implementing batch picking methods can reduce their order picking time by up to 30%?


Using specialized software, often integrated into a Warehouse Management System (WMS), orders are organized into zones. These zones are then optimized for the best routes, minimizing the walking distance and the number of movements within the warehouse. The use of batch picking methods, supported by advanced WMS software, streamlines and enhances the process, allowing companies to serve their customers faster and more accurately.


The Benefits of Batch Picking

Batch picking, also known as batch order picking, is not just a method; it’s a revolution in warehouse management. It offers significant advantages over traditional picking methods like zone picking and wave picking. With bulk picking, you don’t have to gather products one by one for individual orders. Instead, warehouse workers can efficiently group multiple products for different orders into a single batch.


Warehouse Management Efficiency

In a warehouse environment, speed, accuracy, and efficiency are paramount. Batch picking significantly optimizes these factors. Warehouse workers can pick up and process multiple products in batches, resulting in a substantial reduction in travel time within the warehouse. This means less walking and more product retrieval, dramatically reducing the time needed for order picking, packaging, and shipping.


Error Reduction

The use of bulk picking significantly reduces the chances of errors. Since warehouse workers focus on gathering similar products for multiple orders at once, the likelihood of picking the wrong items is greatly reduced. This results in more accurate order fulfillment and satisfied customers.


Increased Order Fulfillment Speed

Batch picking allows warehouse workers to handle multiple orders simultaneously, significantly increasing overall order fulfillment speed. This is particularly crucial during peak periods or seasonal rushes when the demand for quick order processing is high.


By using batch picking in conjunction with advanced applications and WMS systems (Warehouse Management Systems), warehouse managers can efficiently pick and ship various types of orders more effectively than ever before. This method provides a significant advantage for businesses of all sizes, allowing them to maximize their time and resources in any scenario.



How Does Batch Picking Work?

The process of bulk picking starts with the integration of an advanced WMS. These programs analyze incoming orders and group them based on similar products or locations within the warehouse. These grouped orders are then divided into specific zones. Each zone represents a particular area of the warehouse where certain products are stored.


Employees are then assigned to these areas and collect all products for the bulk order within a specific zone. This eliminates the need for employees to traverse the entire warehouse for an individual order. Additionally, the management system optimizes routes within each zone, allowing employees to take the shortest and fastest path to collect products. The result is a significant reduction in picking time and increased efficiency in the warehouse.


Challenges and Considerations

While batch picking offers significant benefits, there are also challenges and considerations that companies must keep in mind when implementing this method. One of the main challenges is properly configuring the management system and zones. A poorly designed system can lead to inefficiencies and delays rather than improvements. Therefore, investing the necessary time and resources in designing and optimizing the bulk pick process is crucial.


Another consideration is the training of warehouse employees. Implementing new technologies and processes can create resistance and confusion among staff. It’s essential to establish a comprehensive training program to ensure that all employees are familiar with the new methods and technologies.


Furthermore, it’s crucial to closely monitor the performance and results of batch picking. Monitoring key performance indicators (KPIs) such as order picking speed and accuracy is essential to quickly identify and address any issues.


Finally, it’s important to remain flexible. Warehouse environments and order patterns can change, so it’s necessary to continuously adjust and optimize the picking process to meet current needs.


Batch Picking Made Easier with BizBloqs

Do you want to experience the benefits of batch picking in your warehouse? At BizBloqs, we understand the complexity of modern warehouse operations and offer customized solutions to help your business thrive. Our advanced batch pick software and expertise in WMS and logistics can significantly improve the efficiency of your warehouse.


Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation and discover how we can optimize your logistics processes. Let’s work together to create a smarter, faster, and more successful warehouse!


Willem Ten Asbroek

Willem Ten Asbroek

CEO, Bizbloqs Management Solution B.V.

Related Posts

exact x bizbloqs

Exact x Bizbloqs: Stronger Together

Exact Software, a market leader in automating financial processes, offers advanced solutions with products like Exact Online, Exact Online Trade, Exact Synergy, and Exact Globe.

Translate »


Welcome to the BizBloqs product selector. This is a tool we designed to guide you to the right subscription for your business.

If you are not sure how to answer a question, or you are not comfortable with the recommendation, please simply contact us and discuss it with one of our experts. It is our duty and pleasure to guide you to the best of our ability, making sure you arrive at the right well-informed choice that suits your needs perfectly.


BizBloqs offers Business Processes as a Service (BPaaS) and has created a range of subscriptions that service the specific needs of customer profiles we have encountered often in the market.

Our solutions are designed in such a way that we can service the smallest businesses for their basic needs, while the same platform can service the most complex and elaborate logistic requirements as well. This level of scalability allows all our customers to make their subscription grow with their needs, no matter how rapidly they grow or increase the complexity.


I only need very basic features and care most about my outbound process.


Gambit is our entry-level solution that covers the basic needs for companies that are looking to digitize their order fulfilment processes.

The emphasis of this subscription is on the outbound processes, handling all common requirements with ease. Gambit includes the ability to integrate a web shop on the frontend or an ERP system in the backend.

Furthermore, you can connect your Gambit solution to a supported transporter of your choice. Your order fulfilment and stock management have never been easier.


I only need basic features, but inbound and outbound processes are both very relevant for my requirements.


Pawn is the second-tier subscription of BizBloqs. It offers all the capabilities of Gambit, but also adds full control over the purchasing process. If you are looking to take your business to the next level by digitizing all your warehouse processes altogether, Pawn is the right solution for you.

It offers location management out of the box, supporting one location per article as the standard. All basic processes any small or medium business might need are included, all based on the years of experience and elaborate expertise of BizBloqs. We have taken the best practices of implementations in the past so you can benefit from the best of our capabilities.


I need some advanced features; my situation requires location management and/or we need digital support for batch picking. You could say my needs resemble a wholesaler, reseller or large web shop.


Knight takes your digital logistic capabilities to the level you might see at large companies with a professional setup. In fact, BizBloqs services several companies at this level with its Knight solution. It offers the possibility to manage an article across multiple locations and offers digital management for your batch picking.

Knight is the right solution for you if you need to optimize fairly complex processes or large operations. If location management is a big part of your business, Knight is the right subscription level for you. This solution is popular amongst wholesalers, resellers and web shops in particular.


I want a standard solution, but with all the bells and whistles. I manage multiple locations and zoning across my warehouses and deal with a lot of orders.


Bishop is the ultimate standard subscription with a wide range of features beyond the capabilities of Knight. It allows for dynamic location management, which allows you to keep track of your stock on the move at all times.

You can manage multiple locations and assign various location zones as per your requirements. Bishop can handle a great number of orders without effort. If this ultimate subscription still doesn’t meet your needs, you would need to consider a custom solution that is tailored specifically to your requirements.


Clearly it will not be possible to make a straightforward recommendation for your needs. That’s perfectly fine, we have the expertise and experience to address your challenges. You will need to work with our experts to digitize your processes and define your workflow.

Our solutions are designed in such a way that we can service the smallest businesses for their basic needs, while the same platform can service the most complex and elaborate logistic requirements as well. We can do this without development in almost all cases, simply by configuring our solutions to reflect your situation perfectly.