Maybe you’ve heard of “the traveling salesman’s problem”? It’s a classic combinatorial optimization problem regarding calculating the shortest possible route between a number of cities. The exact same principle goes for directions in Google Maps – or pick routes in a warehouse. Instead of picking in a traditional “aisle by aisle” manner AI-technology can be used to calculate the shortest route between all items on the pick list, in each pick round and in the whole batch.
AN INTELLIGENT MODULE TO SAVE TIME AND MONEY
IN MANUAL PICK ROUTES
Astro WMS® Pick Route Optimization uses a digital CAD-map of the warehouse to create an optimized route through the warehouse for all the items to be picked, determining the shortest pick route for each individual pick round as well as determining the best combination of pick rounds in the whole batch.
The results are astonishing. Tests show savings of 20-30 % in pick route distance and one customer saved 900 kilometers of unnecessary truck-driving during a period of only two months. An important customer advantage – to meet the market’s ever-increasing demands for fast deliveries.