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Can A DC Have High Picking Rates With Low Picking Productivity?

Understanding Rate Verses Productivity


Productivity isn’t everything, but in the long run it is almost everything. A company’s ability to improve its profit margin over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker. However, it can be a misleading metric especially when evaluating a specific function such as order picking.


One of the most important rules of rate measurement is to measure everything against the actual time used for the specific task being measured. In other words – if you want to measure picking rate of a specific picker, you have to ignore all non-picking time. On the other hand – if you want to measure picker productivity, you would have to include all time spent to complete the task.

It is critical that labor rates are...


Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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