Picking is not a new idea. Whether it’s plucking a ripe apple from a tree or picking a perfect gift to be packaged up and mailed to a friend or family member, we’ve all likely been a ‘picker’ of one type or another. Of course in our age of e-Commerce and global trade, ‘picking’ has taken on – if not an extended meaning, a completely new meaning all together. Consumer demand, robotic and AI solutions alike are all playing a part in how orders are being fulfilled and ‘picked’ from the proverbial shelf, parceled up and delivered. While not found in Webster’s dictionary, ‘pick-and-pack’ is a huge piece of today’s supply-chain process.
Is “pick-and-pack” a verb?
Maybe pick-and-pack should be a verb because it certainly involves action … and a lot of good organization. Logistics and contract warehouse professionals incorporate a variety of methods alone or in combination to satisfy or “fulfill” their customer’s orders. Some examples of pick-and-pack methods are: ‘zone picking, batch/multi-order picking, cluster picking, wave picking or combinations like zone-batch-wave picking’ (source). Pick-and-pack practices are best driven by customer need and ease of access to the location of their inventory.
In the case of UCanTrade, we specialize in cross-border order fulfillment for Canadian companies. Specifically, our U.S.-based warehouses become an extension of our Canadian clients’ business. As such, they establish their own U.S. business identity and our warehouse(s), pick-and-pack and freight services become theirs. It’s seamless and provides our Canadian clients exceptional competitive advantages and access to the U.S. market.
Learn more about UCanTrade’s U.S. warehousing, order fulfillment and freight forwarding services on our website and/or give us a call at +1 360.380.6900