Pick modules – it’s where the strategic integration of storage rack, shelving, and conveyor systems come together to maximize warehouse space and enhance order picking performance. The Apex team has extensive experience in pick module design and installation. We’ve created relatively simple pick tunnels to complex multi-level operations with handpicking and automation working seamlessly together to deliver results. Each pick module is customized to the facility layout and business goals.
Most pick modules include a combination of gravity flow rack and shelving to store product in a way that separates each pick slot but allows storage for several pieces per slot. Order pickers select items from ergonomically positioned levels and place them on conveyors for packing or mobile carts equipped with totes for batch processing.
Common Pick Modules Applications
- Beer, wine, spirits
Building a Pick Module
- Carton flow rack
- Pallet flow rack
- Industrial shelving
- Vertical pocket storage
- Sortation conveyor
Pick modules areas often include gravity flow storage such as carton flow and/or pallet flow. These dynamic systems use wheels and rollers to flow inventory from the rear load aisle to the pick aisle. As workers pick items, inventory flows forward, automatically replenishing the pick face and keeping your team picking, not waiting. Reserve storage is often located nearby in adjacent lanes or in storage levels above the pick area, which keeps vehicles out of the way and improves worker safety and productivity.
Carton flow is best for medium-turn inventory. Slower movers can be stored in less expensive shelving. There are a lot of shelving systems to choose from that deliver abundant SKU storage in a small footprint, including hanging systems and easily configurable industrial shelving.
Design your pick module for optimal efficiency.
- Improved space utilization– save up to 50% vs. selective rack
- Reduce labor costs – less travel time
- Increase pick rates – easy access, consolidated SKUs
- Increase pick locations – store more in less space
- Configurable with automation to improve pick rates & accuracy