The proper functioning of warehouse processes is essential for operational improvement, however, all-to-often errors happen. The question stands, how do you prevent human errors when it comes to picking and packing? The answer is automation! In this article, we provide an in-debt guide on how Pack & Go can improve not only the accuracy rate when picking and packing but also the efficiency of operations.
“Automated and efficient warehouses in the survey were 76% more likely to boost inventory accuracy to 99% or higher, 36% more likely to have reduced labor costs an average of 3% per year, and 40% more likely to consistently ship within one day of an order’s placement”
When should you automate your picking and packing process?
At Sendcloud, we know that automation is equally important for small businesses as well as larger clients. That is why we have designed the Pack & Go feature with two modes; scanner mode intended to be used along-side a barcode scanner, especially useful for bulk order processing and warehouse set-ups or use the automatic mode, no barcode scanner is required for handling smaller order numbers.
- To process your orders with automatic or scanner mode, visit “Settings” and “Pack & Go”. Next, select the “Use scanner mode” or “Use automatic mode”.
Do you have a barcode scanner? Save minutes on every order with the Pack & Go barcode scanner function.
It’s easier than you think to switch from handling shipping labels manually and fully automating the process with barcode scanners. Using Pack & Go you can process your picking and packing slips along with printing your labels the minute an item is scanned!
The Pack & Go feature allows you to see what you want to pack and where to go, your picking and packing staff can take a scanner with them, and once an item is scanned a label is printed on with each item scanned. This eliminates the need to walk around with picking and packing slips. Pack & go is a more secure way to process your orders since you can set the weight, address and apply smart shipping rules.
Before starting make sure you have downloaded the Sendcloud printing app! This can be done by clicking on the CTA or navigating to Settings & Printing and click “Download the print client” to begin downloading and installing the app.
In the Pack & Go tab, you can select whether or not you want to automatically print packing slips alongside your labels. Select “print Packing Slips” from the dropdown menu in Print Options and select the A4 printer you wish to use.
What are smart shipping rules and how can they help?
Sendcloud shipping rules let you set conditions (“if this, then that”). Setting up shipping rules lessens the need to individually edit orders as they appear in the queue. This reduces the time spent picking and packing and creates the ideal workflow. For example, you select a choose which carrier to use for orders above a specific weight. Or pick a certain carrier for internal shipping. Please note that shipping rules apply from top to bottom. The last rule will always over-rule the previous.
Process your orders more accurately with Pack & Go
Keep track of all orders and easily make changes with Pack & Go — once you have configured your printer settings and set up any smart shipping rules that you wish to use, you can start processing your orders. Simply click on Pack & Go and you will see that the orders received from your webshop integration will appear.
Processing your orders with Pack & Go FAQ
- I don’t have a barcode scanner how do I process my orders?
Automatic is the ideal Pack & Go mode to simply pack the box based on the products in the order as they appear on the screen.
- I’ve made an error filling in my order details, how can I fix this?
Here at Sendcloud we realize that human error is investable, that is why we allow all orders on Pack & Go to be easily edited. Take for example, If an order has errors such as a missing house number or incorrect postcode, you will be prompted to correct the order by clicking the pen icon + Edit button before proceeding. Orders can also be fixed by filtering in the incoming order view by selecting “Contains errors” which will pull up all orders with errors.
- How do you know If a shipping rule has been applied to the customer’s order?
Easy! based on the rules you have already configured, the blue lightning bolt icon will appear when a shipping rule is applied in relation to a sender’s address, as in the example above.
Don’t wait, Automate!
Now that we are all confident that e-commerce is here to stay, more and more businesses are starting to recognise the need for automation. Pack & Go eliminates picking labor and reduces the risk of repetitive manual handling, saving you both time and money!