How know which order items go to between pick/pack/label
When transitioning from pick to pack, how do you typically track which order each item goes to? Packing slips? For example, if we bulk pick items, go to the packing station, pack items based on individual packing slips, we end up with items in bubble envelopes that are not labeled (save the packing slip inside). How do we ensure those packages get the correct shipping label adhered at the shipping station? We are selling small, handheld items with item/package weight entered into the software (no need to weigh each shipment). Thanks!
Our solution was to leave the package unsealed with the packing slip inside, then at the shipping stage, scan the slip, weigh the package, run the label, and seal. But we had more boxes than mailers and we weighed each shipment.
Even so, the easiest solution is to just fold and tuck the packing slip into the unsealed mailer during the packing stage. Then use it to pull up the shipping info at the ship station, print the label, then seal the package in the ship/label step. This is more handling and for large volumes – say more than 200 packages per day — this process can slow the works.
If you need a more hands-off solution, you can try a dual barcode sticker that peels off the packing slip and sticks to the outer package when sealing – the packing slip is sealed in the package at the packing step. Then you scan the barcode at shipping and that brings up the address details for the label. This is helpful for high shipping volumes, but the packing slips that have the built-in stickers are kind of pricey. In that same vein, you can also get all-in-one packing slips that print your label on your packing slip — so your packing step includes labeling, and you’re done. Again, these packing slips aren’t cheap, but they cut an entire step out of the process.
Hope this gives you some options to consider. Good luck and let me know what you decide to do.