A warehouse picking cart is an essential tool in an e-commerce business or a retail store environment with secured merchandise. From custom solutions to stock offerings, National Cart Co. can help you streamline merchandise selection and order organization while increasing productivity.
With e-commerce fulfillment and delivery services, such as home delivery of groceries, accuracy and efficiency are extremely important. Employees need to be able to safely and precisely select products from an order sheet and transport the items to a central shipment hub.
To maximize efficiency, each employee selecting merchandise needs to fulfill multiple orders on one trip into the warehouse shelves. The use of a picking cart helps make this efficiency improvement possible while reducing human error. Segmented carts and additional add-ons make it possible to segregate orders while fulfilling multiple invoices.
Picking carts can be as simple as a basic basket-style cart able to attach to a forklift, but many are multi-level with unique features. The ideal picking cart for an order fulfillment environment features multiple shelves. They are often configured with totes, bag holders and other accessories for use in the warehouse. When used together, these tools help the picker select the necessary merchandise to fulfill orders, keep orders separate and transport a volume of merchandise to a shipping center in the warehouse. From here, the picking cart is unloaded and items are prepared for shipment or local delivery.
With the increased availability of home delivery services for food and retail merchandise, picking carts are moving from the warehouse to the shopping aisle. The increased use of totes, or removable containers, on the picking cart allows multiple delivery orders to be completed in one sweep of the store. The totes for individual orders are then easily transferred to a pickup location for transfer to a customer’s car or a delivery vehicle.
National Cart Co. keeps an eye toward the future, and as more machines enter the warehouse fulfillment sphere, our carts are up to the challenge. Many of our picking and material handling carts are now designed with the ability to couple into a multi-cart load navigated by machinery as an employee selects merchandise.
Material handling carts come in a variety of styles and materials. From lighter weight aluminum options to heavy-duty solutions, there is a cart for every application. Material handling carts are primarily used for the movement of merchandise internally in a warehouse environment. These carts feature swivel wheels for easy navigation and can be customized for individual businesses. For example, garden stores often use carts with a grating system to allow for easy cleanup.
For stock picking purposes, a picking cart can be customized with attachments for digital order management systems. iPad shelves and other electronic fulfillment tools can easily clip to a cart for stockers or pickers to reference while navigating the warehouse or store. The ability to interface with the inventory management system digitally also allows workers to receive new orders in their area while fulfilling existing invoices.
Ladder carts are key for order picking in areas with repeat vertical challenges. They provide additional security for pickers while keeping workers in a safe position while selecting merchandise. Flat shelving makes it possible to load items of various sizes, including heavy, oversized items such as bulk orders of liquids or large electronics. Smaller picking carts can also be used for runners who need to follow up when items are left off an order or customers request changes.
Picking is only half of the inventory battle. Carts order picking and service carts can also be used to restock inventory bins for future picking efforts. U-boat carts and inventory management carts provide multiple shelves for unloading boxes and distributing merchandise to various areas of the warehouse quickly and easily. Service carts can also be used to return merchandise to stock when orders are modified or canceled before fulfillment.
National Cart Co. can custom design pick carts designed for industries with small items, such as crafts or auto parts.
Our business also provides in-store solutions for businesses with both an e-commerce and storefront approach, from buggy corrals to lumber carts, we can meet all of your needs.
Contact National Cart Co. at 1-855-NCC-CART to discuss your custom cart needs.